Kyle Devine | Gender, Creativity and Education
The lack of female producers has been a hot topic in Norway the previous year. It has been heavily debated why females are still in a minority on music technology courses, and whether women really take an interest in the technological aspects of music. Kyle Devine is an associate professor in the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo. He specializes in music culture since 1900, with a focus on sound technology. In his talk, he will look at the gender imbalance in music technology programs in UK Higher education. While traditional music degree programs display a roughly balanced gender profile that is on par with UK national averages, the demographics of music technology programs are about 90 percent male. The question is why? Kyle Devine will present a few possible reasons for the gender imbalance, and discuss some of the ways the situation might be changed – given that there is nothing natural about the relationship between technology and masculinity. The presentation draws on research carried out together with Georgina Born.