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XinLing Li

My previous academic/research training was based in South Africa. I had a double-major featuring both sociology and music (piano performance) which made my life unnecessarily complicated and if there is ever a chance to redeem my ‘blind’ pursuit of passion, I would have picked up politics and voice. Yet, it just seems that my early decisions have triggered a possibility that has now taken me to Cambridge.

Anyway, my current research attends to the recent uprising of gay rappers and their music as a transformative medium for challenging sexism, classism, and homophobia. Because it is a relatively new area of focus in the field of social science in general, there has been a dearth of material written for this topic, let alone the synthesising of musicological, sociological, and psychoanalytical theories therein. 

My research interests include gender, sexuality, sports, popular music, world culture (especially African and Asian), and queer studies (i.e. NOT your usual ‘drag stuff’). Unfortunately I hold no publication to this day due to the fact that I have ‘used’ my figures more on the keyboard than

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  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Supervisor: Dr David Lehmann    
  • College: Wolfson College
  • Thesis Title: Who Stole the Beat? Discourses of Masculinity in Male Gay Hip-Hop