Pivot 2021 Virtual Conference July 22-23 2021
Dismantling Reassembling - tools for alternative futures

Sounding Futures: Queer Sonics and Filipinx Intimacies

Casey Mecija

In this presentation, I suggest that sound offers a methodological framework that can uniquely register modes of collectivity and desire that may otherwise go unrecognized. My theory of “queer sound” expands on how the sonic might be used as a conceptual resource for making sense of the affective and psychic lives of diasporic communities, particularly Filipinx. I emphasize how sound is both a material and metaphorical force that can enable us to better understand the possibilities and limits of diaspora. To do this, my presentation focuses on Filipinx examples of transpacific aesthetic expression, from music, to viral new media such as a YouTube karaoke performance, as a means to foreground the many ways that marginalized people practice care, enliven creativity, and repair from colonial violence, across multiple geographic spaces such as Canada and the Philippines.

About Casey Mecija

Casey Mecija is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. Her current research theorizes sounds made in and beyond Filipinx diaspora to make an argument about a “queer sound” that permeates diasporic sensibilities. Her work suggests that media production enables diasporic people to create forms of belonging that defy racialized ascriptions born from racism, colonialism, and their gendered dimensions. She is also a musician and filmmaker, whose work has received a number of accolades and has been presented internationally. Casey has a history of employment in radio and television production, and co-founded “From Song to Studio”, a mentorship program with Regent Park School of Music.

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