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

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“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.

In occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup d’etat advanced by Augusto Pinochet in 1973, the music research journal Resonancias of the Institute of Music at the PUC, invites interested scholar so submit papers for its 34th issue “Music, Politics and Dictatorships in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula during the 20th Century” to be published in June, 2014.

The goal of this issue is to propose a historical approach to describe, analyze and interpret the role that music played during these dictatorial regimes, paying special attention to interdisciplinary intersections between music and political studies. Resonancias invites both national and international scholars to provide account of music not only as a form of political resistance, but also as part of everyday life.

Suggested issues

Themes to be addressed in this call for articles include, but are not limited to the following issues:

  • Dictatorship and the musical industry.
  • Television, radio and the mass media under authoritarian regimes.
  • Censorship, clandestine activities and cultural resistance. The circulation of music under repressive systems.
  • Popular culture.
  • Music and violence in detention and torture centres.
  • Cultural policies: nationalism, folk music and authoritarianism.
  • Music, migration and exile. Bands, histories, genres, festivals, events.
  • Music of the regime: the official music of authoritarian regimes.
  • Music for theatre, dance and film.
  • Music-making and the minorities under the repressive systems: ethnic groups, women, LGBT, the disabled and seniors.
  • Local and national festivals: change and continuity.
  • Post-dictatorship uses of memory. Ways of remembering past and present.
  • Music, dictatorships and everyday life.


Articles will be accepted in the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English.


Articles must be sent to [email protected] in Microsoft Word or RTF format at the latest January 17th, 2014.

Submission Guidelines

Maximum length of a paper is 10.000 words, including footnotes, bibliography and other supplements.

Left and right margins should be 3 cm. and top and bottom margins of 2.5 cm.

The only text font accepted is Times New Roman, 12 pts., 1.5 spacing.

Footnotes should be in Times New Roman, 10 pts., and simple spacing.

Quotations of more than 40 words should be transcribed in Times New Roman 11 pts., 1.5 line spacing, left and right indents at 1 cm. and spacing before and after 12 without using quotation marks.

Please do not use templates for Word or another word processor to format text, as this makes magazine layout difficult.

Every image, table or non-written information included in the paper should be described at the bottom, indicating the rights holder if appropriate.

Necessary legal and administrative permissions are the author’s responsibility.

Each figure should be sent separately in JPEG format, numbering each one with reference in the text. The minimum resolution is 300 DPI.

Bibliographic references should be in standard form as per Chicago 15 or 16. Examples and information on this can be found at The Chicago Manual of Style available on line: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html.

Resonancias – A music research journal

Director: Alejandro Vera Aguilera.
Editor: Christian Spencer Espinosa.

Comité Editorial Nacional: Rodrigo Cádiz (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Daniel Party (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Rodrigo Torres (Universidad de Chile) y Víctor Rondón (Universidad de Chile).

Comité Editorial Internacional: Susan Thomas (University of Georgia, USA), Álvaro Torrente (Universidad Complutense, España), Nicolas Collins (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA) y Heloísa de Araújo Duarte Valente (Posgrado en Comunicación de la Universidad Paulista y Colaboradora del Posgrado en Música de la Escuela de Comunicaciones y Artes de la Universidad de São Paulo).

Contacto: [email protected]
Web: www.resonancias.cl

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