The Gay West: From Drug Store Cowboys to Rodeo Queens

Gay Out West

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There are interesting talks, which are nice enough; and then there are fascinating lectures, which are, well, imperative. The upcoming presentation, “The Gay West: From Drugstore Cowboys to Rodeo Queens,” falls squarely into the latter camp (pun only somewhat intended). Musicologist and University of Arizona assistant professor Dr. Kate Alexander, Ph.D., discusses her research on contemporary LGBTQ Country and Western dance and gay rodeo in the United States. She’s particularly interested in the American masculine ideal embodied in rodeo and cowboy culture, and the ways this ideal is being manifested and interpreted within the context of the LGBTQ space. The talk is at Keller Hall in the University of New Mexico Center for the Arts, on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 2pm. The event is free and open to all ages. (Alisa Valdes)

Thursday Feb 21, 2019

University of New Mexico
Center for the Arts
Albuquerque, NM 87131






Dr. Kristina Jacobsen

Phone: 505-277-1829
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Kate Alexander Ph.D., gives a talk on the masculine ideal represented by the American cowboy and its interpretation and articulates the social and geographical spaces of the gay American West.

Talk Description: The masculine ideal represented by the American cowboy is variously interpreted by spectators, dancers, musicians, and contestants at gay rodeos and country western dances across the U.S. Examining embodied gender practices within these communities, this talk articulates the sonic, social, and geographical spaces of the gay American West.

Speaker Biography: Kate Alexander received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Riverside in 2014. Her research focuses on intersections of whiteness, gender, and sexuality in North American music and dance communities, including Cape Breton’s traditional Scottish culture, and her current research on American LGBTQ country western dance and rodeo networks. Her work has been published in journals such as MUSICultures and the Yearbook for Traditional Music. She is an Assistant Professor in the Honors College at the University of Arizona, where she teaches interdisciplinary courses on sound, music, visual art, and culture.

Free and open to the public and members of the Albuquerque community.