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Dr. Leonora Saavedra Discusses the Intersection of Musicology and Nationalism in Mexico

Join the Department of Music on March 3, 2016, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. for a presentation in which Dr. Leonora Saavedra discusses how, in the 1990s, Rogers Brubaker decried the new popularity of nationalism as an academic topic within musicology, where "analytical primitivism has been introduced through the highly selective appropriation of the historical and social scientific literature on nationalism." Was Brubaker's criticism warranted? Taking the case of Mexico as a test ground, Saveedra will take stock of some of the results of musicology's brief infatuation with nationalism, and address the gains made as well as the opportunities lost. The presentation will be held in the Zimmerman Library Waters Room. For reference, see the event flyer.


Saavedra is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California Riverside. Her research centers upon Mexican music of the late-19th and 20th centuries, exoticism, nationalism and modernism, and the relations between Mexico and the United States. Recent publications include "Carlos Chávez's Polysemic Style: Constructing the National, Seeking the Cosmopolitan" (Journal of the American Musicological Society, 2015) and "El nuevo pasado mexicano: estrategias de representación en Atzimba de Ricardo Castro" (Resonancias, 2014). She is the editor of Carlos Chávez and His World (Princeton University Press, 2015).


Image: Photograph of Teatro de La Paz, San Luis Potosí reprinted from CC © from Flickr user Eneas De Troyo.

--Posted Tuesday, February 16, 2016.