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Music, Politics and Dictatorships in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula During the 20th Century

Posted: November 5th, 2013 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

“Music, Politics and Dictatorships in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula During the 20th Century”

Resonancias – A music research journal

Instituto de Música de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Recently there has been an expanded interest in the connections between music making and the political life that Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries experienced under the authoritarian regimes of the 20th century. This concern has been expressed in a critical analysis of the topics and methodologies traditionally used to tackle the relationship between music and politics. Among the topics that have marked a turning point in the intersection between the social sciences, the humanities and music research are: the “industry’s” appropriation of music for political ends; the changes in the legal frameworks advanced by local cultural politics; the clandestine lives of politicized musicians, and the activities of resistance in which they participated. Furthermore, the connections between theatre, dance and film, and the role of television in legitimizing symbolic violence against political dissidence (as well as the social effects of such violence) have begun to be studied in order to understand the role of music in political contexts — not to mention how social memory and forgiveness have been currently addressed in ongoing post-dictatorial times.

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