Economics of Visibility: The Gendered Body on the Orchestral Podium

Kate Milligan

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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Since 2017 the classical music industry has welcomed a new wave of elite women orchestral conductors. We have seen a global transformation of feminist rhetoric; the empowered woman is positioned as a popular and marketable icon. However, whilst visibility is important it should not be seen as an endpoint, lest this inhibit deeper structural changes for gender equality. This thesis explores the mechanisms by which women become seen as conductors, calling for are formed vocabulary for gender and visibility. I identify the body—as the site for both musical and gendered performance—as the semiotic epicentre in an Economics of Visibility.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Collins, Sarah, Supervisor
  • Sun, Cecilia, Supervisor
  • Bartleet , Brydie, Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date9 Jan 2023
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023


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