Displacing the Voice: Popular Music in Spanish Cinema 1923-2013

Displacing the Voice:  Popular Music in Spanish Cinema 1923-2013

Conference at The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, Friday April 4, 2014.

Kathleen Vernon, keynote speaker.

The Foundation for Iberian Music is proud to sponsor the first international conference focused on the Spanish cinematic soundscape. From the 1990s onwards, the aural dimension of cinema has become an established field of research, but it has not been until much recently that scholars have started paying attention to how Spanish cinema sounds and how sound articulates the representation and negotiation of wider social-historical phenomena. This conference aims at bringing together film and music scholars as well as hispanists to consolidate sound as a field of inquiry within Spanish film scholarship and film as a privileged site to understand the social meanings and relevance of music in Spain.

We encourage the submission of papers related, but not limited, to the following broad themes:

* The musical film: history of the genre, early Francoism folkloric film, contemporary manifestations, and nostalgic revivals
* Dubbing and voices: censorship, phonogenics, dubbed foreign films reception and the effects of dubbing on the vocal work of Spanish actors
* Construction and negotiation of national, racial, and ethnic identities through the soundtrack
* Popular songs and iconic singers, historical memory, desmemoria, popular memory, and personal memoirs
* La Movida and the democratic Transition: punk, bricolage, political folksingers
* Campy and ironical appropriations of songs, genres, and iconography
* Particular music and musical theater genres: copla (canción española), flamenco, rumba, bolero, etc.
* Basque, Catalan, and Galician music and the performance of non-Spanish national identities
* Transnational relationships with Latin America via popular songs and artists
* Issues of gender and sexual difference

Please send abstracts of 250 words to displacingthevoice at gmail.com by December 15, 2013.



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