The 2012 LASA Congress will be dedicated to the bicentennial of national independence in most of the countries in Latin America. The aim of this panel is to generate a forum of discussion and theoretical intervention between and within musical discourse and questions of identity. How does music and its components, such as sounds and silences, promote or interfere with the creation of “national unities”? Are “samba”, “tango” and “salsa” inclusive genres of collective identities? And if this is the case, what kinds of dissonances should we consider in order to gain a more profound understanding of these acoustic events? How do musical instruments define the colors (and shades) of the many heterogeneous social, ethnic, and historical legacies of the people in the continent? Taking these questions as a starting-point, this panel seeks papers on the intersection between music, listening, and other disciplines in the humanities.
Please, submit your 250/500-word abstract (Spanish, Portuguese or English) and a brief biographical statement to Enea Zaramella, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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