IU Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology Colloquium Series
Dr. Alex E. Chávez, speaker
"SOUNDS OF A PRECARIOUS PRESENT OR POST-MEXICO IN THE OFFING…: AURALITY, POLITICS, AND THE NATIONAL SPACE"
Dr. Chávez’s presentation lends an ethnographic ear to “Mexican culture”—as a locus of aesthetics, performance, and signifying practices—to discuss how sonic geographies mobilize physical and cultural claims of belonging. Drawing on two sets of ethnographic data from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Dr. Chávez makes a case for how ideologies of sound produce competing imagined communities at multiple scales of time and space in relation to the nation-state. He first draws from his well-established research in the Sierra Gorda of Guanajuato in central Mexico on the musical tradition of huapango arribeño and the ethos associated with this music as part of the Mexican State’s nationalist discourse. He then looks to his current ethnographic research in Chicago Latino neighborhoods, which bridges the fields of urban anthropology and sound studies.
Light reception to follow.
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- Thursday September 14, 2017 03:30 PM
- Thursday September 14, 2017 05:00 PM
- Hoagy Carmichael Room, Morrison Hall
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