Americo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies Colloquium Presents Alex Chavez, Folklore PhD Candidate from the University of Texas at Austin

On Transborder Folk Performance: Greater Mexico, Postmodernity and Chicana/o Cultural Studies

Mon, November 9, 2009 | EPS 1.128

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Destined companions of the calling (compañeros del destino), huapango arribeño music practitioners often refer to each other as a label that signifies the expressive bonding forged through the axis of encounter/engagement central to huapango arribeño’s performance. As of late, huapango arribeño, which originates in Mexico, has made its way across the border where it is performed among communities of listeners and practitioners in the U.S. Alex E. Chávez unearths the cultural dimensions of the experiences of migration particular to the immigrant communities in question with focused attention on the performative (musical/discursive) contouring of the transborder imaginary: the prism
through which they live and understand their lives, make decisions, work, perform, and imagine. Attention is given to the physical and metaphysical construction of the border between the U.S. and Mexico, to its militarization and officialized discourses of the nation and citizenship that legitimate draconian policy initiatives.

Alex Chavez is a Doctoral Candidate in the Anthropology's Américo Paredes Folklore and Public Culture's Center.

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