Norma Coates, Western University

Assistant Professor Media and Information Studies Music History London, Ontario ncoates@uwo.ca Mobile: (519) 661-2111 ext. 80154

Bio/Research

Norma Coates is jointly appointed to the Faculty of Media and Information Studies and the Department of Music History in the Don Wright Faculty of Music. Norma teaches in the undergraduate program in Media, Information and Technoculture and the Graduate Program in Media Studies. Her classes explo...

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Bio/Research

Norma Coates is jointly appointed to the Faculty of Media and Information Studies and the Department of Music History in the Don Wright Faculty of Music. Norma teaches in the undergraduate program in Media, Information and Technoculture and the Graduate Program in Media Studies. Her classes explore popular music and its intersections with subjectivity and with the products of other culture industries.

Norma's research interests span several areas, all of them unified by a link to popular music. She has published several articles about how gender is constructed by and in the material practices of popular music cultures. She is currently at work on a book for Duke University Press about popular music on American network television from 1956, when Elvis Presley burst on the cultural scene, to 1981, when the cable channel was introduced. The book is a cultural and industrial history that focuses on the interaction and interchange between the music and television industries during formative times in the development of both. Norma is interested in the influence each had on the other in terms of production, content, and representation. Her future projects, currently in the formative stages, include a cultural history of periodic outbursts of "years of the women" in popular music and criticism, and an exploration of age, subjectivity, and popular music.


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