Today, March 31st, 2023, is book launch day. This book, published by Transcrip Verlag, contains a chapter I have written about women’s leadership among professional musicians: “Assumptions of Normality: How Three Women with a Disability Changed the Face of Music.” It is based on the interviews of three extraordinary women, musicians, composers, performers: Evelyn Glennie, Gaelynn Lea and Lachi.
The book is available here in open access PDF for its launch: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/369466570_Assumptions_of_Normality_How_Three_Women_with_a_Disability_Changed_the_Face_of_Music
or on the publisher’s website: https://www.transcript-verlag.de/chunk_detail_seite.php?doi=10.14361%2F9783839465462-006
Printed versions of the book are available on the publisher’s website: https://www.transcript-publishing.com/978-3-8376-6546-8/women-s-leadership-in-music/
Various modes of women’s contemporary cultural, social and political leadership can be found in music. Informed by different histories and culturally bound social mores but also by a comparative perspective, the contributors of this volume ask what can be considered leadership in culture from women’s point of view. They deconstruct the notion of leadership as corporative and career-related modes of success by showing how women’s agency, power and negotiation in and through music can and should be considered as empowering, transformative and role-modeling. By interweaving several disciplinary perspectives – from ethnomusicology, musicology and cultural management to sociology and anthropology – this volume aims to substantially contribute to the study of women’s leadership.