Published: July 8, 2020

Shawn O'Neal Audio Intersectionality

Department of Ethnic Studies graduate student Shawn Trenell O'Neal has been invited to give a distinguished speaker lecture for Drexel University in Philadelphia regarding his developing theory on audio intersectionality: disrupting hegemonic structures against marginalized communities. The interactive presentation is on Thursday, July 9, 3:00 – 4:30pm MST via live webcast. Click here to watch the teaserRSVP to hold your reservation, and a Zoom Link invite will be distributed the day of the presentation to prevent Zoom Bombing.

Shawn has curated a Spotify playlist ahead of tomorrow’s event, for those who are interested in listening. 

This interactive presentation conjoins intersectional contexts of race, gender, sexuality and class with sound, music and performance studies to determine, demarcate and evaluate the methods in which sound and music have been used operationally as a method of subjugation and normalization or as strategies of resistance and platforms of activism (survival) aimed at African American and Queer African American communities in the United States. However, this can be applied to diasporic communities of Africana, Asian, Latinx, Chicanx, Middle Eastern and Indigenous descent globally.

Shawn Trenell O'Neal is a fourth-year PhD candidate in critical/comparative ethnic studies specializing in Black/Africana studies, Critical race theory, women of color feminism, Black queer theory and musicology. Shawn instructs courses that include Intro to Hip Hop Studies, Critical Sports Studies, African American History, and Media and Globalization.