Megan Berry

March 2018

Academic Staff Member and researcher in the School of Media Arts, Music Department

Megan completed her undergraduate and Honours and Masters degrees in Music at Wintec, with academic supervision from Dr. Matthew Bannister (see below), who is now co-supervising her PhD. Megan began the PhD journey earlier this year through RMIT in Melbourne, under Dr. Catherine Strong.

Her area of research interest includes gender and queerness in popular music and her PhD thesis is entitled ‘For Freaks and Others; Examining Queerness and its significance in the oeuvre of St. Vincent’. The study aims to provide a thorough examination of modern indicators of queerness in the work of popular music artists, with a primary focus on musician St. Vincent. Megan also hopes to establish a musicological argument for the existence of queer sonic signifiers in popular music, a concept she calls ‘sonic gaydar’. She will make a presentation on her initial work at an international conference in Dublin, Ireland in mid-April and will participate in two Wintec-hosted conferences later in the year.

Aside from her academic work, Megan is interested in exploring gender and queerness through creative outputs. In 2017, along with fellow researchers Jeremy Mayall and Kent Macpherson, and other local artists, she composed and performed a semi-improvised multi-textural work entitled ‘Chloe and the Ghosts of Electric Souls’, exploring queer history, gender fluidity and concepts of the separation of gender and body. She is also a member of local rock band, Jayde P. and the Drag Kings, and has been performing in local events for the past six months.

Megan has been involved in other School of Media Arts research projects, such as ‘Wild Sonic Blooms’, and ‘Band in a Bubble’. When not researching, she loves her job teaching Songwriting, Performance and Music Theory to Wintec’s BMA students. Outside of work, she is a keen (but not very successful) fisher, a dabbling artist, and a connoisseur of European crime TV.


     

Megan Berry