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A professor and graduate students from the UCLA Department of Musicology have edited a special newsletter of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women on Writing about Music. Editors Nina Sun Eidsheim, Alexandra Apolloni, and Jill Rogers note that writing about music is an act of performance, and thus "writing about music is thus doubly performatively inflected." In the special issue, Lorena Alvarado reflects on music and performances of masculinity, affect, and alcoholism; Alexandra Apolloni articulates how podcasting has provided her with a vibrantly sonorous modality of musical writing; Anne LeBaron shares her experience as a twentieth and twenty-first century American female composer; Kristin Norderval ponders the dilemma in which many musicians find themselves when it becomes necessary to communicate in language that which, perhaps, only music can communicate; Elizabeth Morgan addresses the ways in which her embodied experiences as a performer necessarily inform her writing about musical performance; Jocelyn Thomas presents a call to action for feminist hip-hop scholars; and Mandy-Suzanne Wong questions the professed objectivity of scholarship, and demonstrates the performance acts present equally in scholarship and in fantasy fiction. As the editors note, despite their differences, each of these authors undeniably demonstrates that writing about music is writing about oneself, and that through these acts of writing, we perform new possibilities of sonic engagement.

The Center for the Study of Women is an internationally recognized center for research on women, gender, and sexuality, and the first organized research unit of its kind in the University of California system. Though CSW is funded by the Division of the Social Sciences, it serves the entire university. CSW is part of the Social Science's commitment to gender equity and research parity at UCLA.

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