Music, Politics and Dictatorships in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula During the 20th Century

Call for articles
Music, Politics and Dictatorships in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula During the 20th Century
Resonancias – A music research journal
Deadline: 17 January 2014

Recently there has been an expanded interest in the connections between music making and the political life that Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries experienced under the authoritarian regimes of the 20th century. This concern has been expressed in a critical analysis of the topics and methodologies traditionally used to tackle the relationship between music and politics. Among the topics that have marked a turning point in the intersection between the social sciences, the humanities and music research are: the “industry’s” appropriation of music for political ends; the changes in the legal frameworks advanced by local cultural politics; the clandestine lives of politicized musicians, and the activities of resistance in which they participated. Furthermore, the connections between theatre, dance and film, and the role of television in legitimizing symbolic violence against political dissidence (as well as the social effects of such violence) have begun to be studied in order to understand the role of music in political contexts — not to mention how social memory and forgiveness have been currently addressed in ongoing post-dictatorial times.

In occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup d’etat advanced by Augusto Pinochet in 1973, the music research journal Resonancias of the Institute of Music at the PUC invites interested scholars to submit papers for its 34th issue “Music, Politics and Dictatorships in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula during the 20th Century” to be published in June 2014.

The goal of this issue is to propose a historical approach to describe, analyze and interpret the role that music played during these dictatorial regimes, paying special attention to interdisciplinary intersections between music and political studies. Resonancias invites both national and international scholars to provide account of music not only as a form of political resistance, but also as part of everyday life.

Themes to be addressed in this call for articles include, but are not limited to, the following issues:

• Dictatorship and the musical industry
• Television, radio and the mass media under authoritarian regimes
• Censorship, clandestine activities and cultural resistance; the circulation of music under repressive systems
• Popular culture
• Music and violence in detention and torture centres
• Cultural policies: nationalism, folk music and authoritarianism
• Music, migration and exile; bands, histories, genres, festivals, events
• Music of the regime: the official music of authoritarian regimes
• Music for theatre, dance and film
• Music-making and the minorities under the repressive systems: ethnic groups, women, LGBT, the disabled and seniors
• Local and national festivals: change and continuity
• Post-dictatorship uses of memory; ways of remembering past and present
• Music, dictatorships and everyday life

Articles will be accepted in the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Articles must be sent to in Microsoft Word or RTF format at the latest 17 January 2014.