Caribbean and Latin American Music Study Day

RMA Study Day

Call For Papers

Caribbean and Latin American Music Study Day

Saturday 12 November 2011

University of Huddersfield

School of Music, Humanities and Media,

Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH

Guest Speaker Dr Henry Stobart (Royal Holloway, University of London)


The study of music from the Caribbean and Latin America has tended in the past to remain the preserve of ethnomusicologists and those writing on popular music. This study day intends to extend this area of academic research by also focussing on practice-led research in this area. In addition to historiographic and ethnomusicological studies on Caribbean and Latin American music forms we hope to incorporate performance as a main element. Alongside paper presentations we encourage submissions for lecture recitals and short performances. The aim is to bring together researchers from the fields of performance, musicology and ethnomusicology to enable new ways of researching this subject.

Possible music areas in a range of national settings could include:

Tango in Buenos Aires or elsewhere in the world
Cuban musics
Brazilian musics
English-speaking Caribbean forms (such as pan, soca, reggae and calypso)
Salsa (in all its manifestations)
Traditional and Modern Latin American forms from Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia etc
Jazz from the Caribbean

Although not restricted to specific themes, possible topics could include:

Performance as research
Exoticism in Latin American music
Approaches to the analysis of world musics
The influence of Latin music on popular Anglo-American styles
A critique of participant-observer methods of ethnomusicological fieldwork
Film music
The spiritual in the secular
Migration and trans-cultural exchange
Cultural policy and how it affects musicians’ lives on the ground
The African aesthetic in New World forms
The relationship between Iberian and New World musical forms
Latin American music in the global marketplace

Abstracts of no more than 200 words are invited for papers (20 minutes duration followed by 10 minutes for questions) and for lecture presentations or performances (30 minutes with 15 minutes for questions).

Abstracts need to be submitted by the 15 of September 2011 to Sue Miller or for consideration by the programme committee. Proposals from those pursuing practice-led research are particularly welcome.

Conference committee:

Jessica Quiñones (University of Huddersfield), Sue Miller (University of Leeds), Rachel Hayward (City University)

See and also for further details