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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Public Lecture - Creativity and Invisibility: Gender and Music, Wed 26th March 2014, St Marys University, Twickenham, London, UK


Please send enquiries to Dr Stephen Rainey

St Marys University, Philosophy
Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture
Dr Barbara Underwood
Barnes Philosophy Club
Creativity and Invisibility:
Gender and Music
Wednesday 26th March 2014
5.15-6.45pm followed by a drinks reception
Senior Common Room, St Marys University, Twickenham

Jacques Attali wrote that  naturalization is one of the functions of ideology. It occurs when 
the assumptions of a community or social order are allowed to remain invisible as assumptions, 
making them appear true and beyond question. Beliefs are naturalized when they seem to reflect 
the very order of thing. We can illustrate this idea by using the example of gender and music. 
For two and half thousand years it was thought that Pythagoras discovered ratios in music; and, 
in the West at least, only men seemed to be able to compose this music. This view has been 
naturalized over the years and so appears to be true beyond question. I will devote some time to 
suggesting that not only is music not a fixed pitch but that, like gender, it is fluid.

About the Speaker
Dr Barbara Underwood had an early career as studio session singer, as Barbie Benson, and later 
with her own jazz band in the clubs of London. As a teacher, she coached all kinds of singers 
from rock musicians to opera singers and music colleagues. In 1987 she became interested in 
philosophy, subsequently completing a degree at the University of York, an MA in Philosophy of 
Religion at Kings College London, a PhD on Plato, music and gender at the University of Manchester,
and an MA in Music at Open University. Now formally retired, she has started a philosophy club 
in Barnes, London.

All lectures are free and open to the public without registration. Lectures start at 5.15pm and 
last for 50 minutes, with 40 minutes for questions. This is then followed by a wine reception.

Senior Common Room, St Marys University, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham TW1 4SX
Directions to the University can be found at
For further information please contact: Dr Stephen Rainey