“SWELCE” and “HEAT WENTZ”: The Politics, Para-sociality, and Pairing of Sports and Popular Music
Francesca Sobande / Cardiff University & Jenessa Williams / The University of Leeds

Francesca Sobande and Jenessa Williams explore the intersections of sports and popular music, highlighting the dynamics of celebrity culture, para-social relationships, and the impact of these pairings on cultural politics. Examples include the relationship between Taylor Swift and NFL player Travis Kelce and the presence of NBA player Jimmy Butler in a Fall Out Boy music video, illustrating how these cross-industry connections influence marketing, fan engagement, and cultural representation.

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The Sound of Queer Masculinity in Dorian Electra’s Flamboyant
Paxton Haven / University of Texas at Austin

Paxton Haven examines the role of glitched vocal distortion in Dorian Electra’s new album. In doing so, Haven draws a trajectory of Electra’s contemporary work to transgressive artists of the past who use the affordances of their respective genres to articulate a queered masculinity through vocal performance.

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