Julia Peters is a second year music theory PhD student whose interests reside at the intersection of gender, phenomenology, and composition. She is primarily focused on divining a cohesive idea of “women’s composition”, analogous to Helene Cixous’ concept of “women’s writing” from the 1970s using poststructuralist feminism, queer theory, and sound studies. As a Women’s and Gender Studies student at the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, her thesis consisted of a series of interviews of femme and non-binary punk and DIY musicians which sparked her search for answers regarding the convergence of identity and composition. Her other research interests include Jungian archetypes in opera and North American identity in folk and country music. Julia is also a cellist and has performed and toured widely with bands including Manchester Orchestra, Evil, Mewithoutyou, Forth Wanderers and Slaughter Beach Dog. As a session cellist, she has recorded with The World is a Beautiful Place & I am no Longer Afraid to Die, Shannen Moser, Sun Organ, and Dogs on Acid, among many others.