Fwd: [WAVE_LIST@UNT.EDU] women artists and communicators

Subject: Fwd: [WAVE_LIST@UNT.EDU] women artists and communicators
From: Kevin Austin (kevin.austin@videotron.ca)
Date: Thu Jan 13 2005 - 11:44:34 EST

>Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 09:55:48 -0500
>From: Andra McCartney <andra@vax2.concordia.ca>
>Subject: [WAVE_LIST@UNT.EDU] women artists and communicators
>I am responding here to a series of posts from last week. Just catching
>up now.
>Kevin Austin says:
>I have lived in music technology for 35 years and have seen that
>about 15 - 20% of undergraduate and graduate classes in
>electroacoustics are women.
>I noticed similar statistics in other electroacoustic departments in
>Canada when I surveyed these in the mid nineties, although they were
>generally lower at the graduate level than in introductory courses.
>What is interesting here is that in Communication Studies, where I
>teach, 50% of the undergraduate students, and 75% of graduate
>students doing a specialisation in sound are women. The instruments
>being used (computers, recording and sequencing software etc.) are
>very similar to those in electroacoustics, so I don't think that the
>difference is because of the machines being used. Currently, 50% of
>undergraduate courses are taught by women, and all graduate courses
>in sound are taught by a woman. This year, all the TAs are women. We
>also feature sound work and readings in all the classes that are
>about 50% by women.
>Again, when doing that mid-nineties survey, I found that the
>Communication Studies dept at SFU had a higher percentage of women
>students than in electroacoustics. Susan Frykberg was of the opinion
>that this was at least partly because communications involves a
>wider range of aesthetic approaches to sound production.
>From my research, it seems that the work of many women sound producers
>and artists is ignored and passed over too often, giving the impression
>that there are fewer women out there doing interesting work than there
>really are.
>Dr. Andra McCartney
>Director, MA in Media Studies
>Communication Studies, Concordia University
>HB 404 7141 Sherbrooke St. W.
>Montréal, QC H4B 1R6

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