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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2005

ANT 394M • Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Latin American Music

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28025 TH
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
MRH 2.628

Course Description

This seminar will deal with the history, ideology, contributions, and problematics of the practice of ethnomusicology (comparative musicology, musical folklore) in Latin America and the (Spanish) Caribbean. Specifically the history of Latin American ethnomusicological thought will be examined through intensive reading and discussion of a selection of the major texts since the beginning of the 20th century. The numerous significant factors that contributed since then to the heterogeneity of ethnomusicological studies (conceptually and practically) in and of Latin America will be identified in the literature. Likewise, the most important problems faced in the development of such studies will be identified and discussed. A general review of the literature (i.e. articles, monographs, books, recordings and video material as available and relevant) will be organized according to the following geographical/cultural areas: Mexico/ Central America; the Spanish Caribbean; Venezuela/Colombia and the Andean countries; Brazil and the Rio de la Plata area. Specific topical focus in such a review will include the following issues:

1) theoretical orientation 2) definition/identification of study object 3) methodology 4) fieldwork and laboratory 5) institutionalization 6) nationalism and other political/ideological stances 7) any other issue relevant to specific literature Recent and current ethnomusicological studies and activities will also be reviewed with the aim of assessing the different types of research interest and approach, of comparing work by Latin American and non-Latin American ethnomusicologists, of becoming acquainted with current resources, and of identifying prospective areas of future research.


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