Hettie Malcolmson (Southampton) delivers this lecture on danzón, a popular Cuban music-dance form, is performed daily in the Port of Veracruz, Mexico, mostly by older people. While danzón is often framed as an older people’s practice by local culture industries, performers insist that danzón is not an age-specific phenomenon. Ethnographic research reveals that local danzón practices must be understood in relation to women’s romantic lives beyond marriage, men’s potency, and shifting mores over the life course.
Hettie Malcomson is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Southampton. She has conducted ethnographic research with danzón practitioners in Mexico, and new music composers in the UK. Her research interests include music, dance and ageing; genre and transnational flows; racialization, class and gender processes; and knowledge production and expertise. As well as working in the music industry and as a composer for film, TV and theatre for several years, Hettie has a background in social anthropology (BA, London School of Economics), ethnomusicology (MMus, Royal Holloway), and sociology (PhD, Cambridge). She is currently a committee member of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and, in 2012, was Visiting Fellow at The Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia University.
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UCL - Institute of the Americas
co-ordinating teaching and research on the Western Hemisphere. Its
wide coverage of the Americas includes the United States and Latin
America, the Caribbean and Canada, offering an opportunity to acquire
in-depth and multi-disciplinary knowledge of the Americas that is
unique in Europe.