Music, Power, and Signification: A Phenomenological Reading of Race in New Spain

Jesus Ramos-Kittrell, University of Connecticut

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 02:00 pm

Latin American and Iberian Institute

801 Yale Blvd NE (campus building #165)


In New Spain, an institutional structure of merit and promotion hinged on the idea of reason as an intrinsically European attribute. This attribute differentiated 'Europeans' from people of mixed race claiming European status based on their skin complexion. Given the effective impulses permeating ideas about reason in New Spain, this paper considers reason in light of musico-phenomenological strategies that racialized subjects used to re-write their bodies. Such process problematizes the philosophical purview of the Enlightenment's civilizing mission, and the historical narrative of its political project.


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