Annegret Fauser, professor of music and of women’s and gender studies at UNC, will present a lecture on “Music in the U.S. during World War II” on Friday, April 5 as part of the Duke-UNC Gender, War and Culture Series. The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is a co-sponsor of the series.
Traditionally gendered feminine in Western culture, music plays a particularly complex role in times of war, ranging from the practical to the ideological. Not only was music weaponized for use in war theaters and propaganda, but it also served as an agent in the construction of the so-called home-front. Drawing on both popular and classical music, Fauser examines the intertwined destinies of music and gender in the United States during World War II.
Fauser is professor of music and adjunct professor of women’s and gender studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research engages with music in France and the U.S. in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is author of Der Orchestergesang in Frankreich zwischen 1870 und 1920 (1994), Musical Encounters at the 1889 Paris World’s Fair (2005), and Sounds of War: Music in the United States during World War II (2013).
This event is sponsored by the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Duke and UNC History Departments, UNC Department of Music, UNC Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.