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taken by Jordan Laney at HoustonFest 2016 (Galax, VA)

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, I presented at the Bluegrass Symposium at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as part of their Bluegrass Initiative Kick off. I focused on presenting my research on the roles of women at festivals and the ways we must incorporate feminist methodologies into work concerning bluegrass, country and old time music. I used materials from the Berea College Archives as well as participant observations and fieldwork.

My paper, “What’s Cooking in Kathleen’s Kitchen? Exploring Feminized Performances and Spaces in Bluegrass Festivals,” can be heard in it’s entirety here:

Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provided the recording.

Additional media coverage of the event can be found here: