Caribbean Cultural Studies: Their Political and Socio-economic Background
September 30, 2013
Room: Amherst Room
UMass Amherst Campus
Lecture by Angel Quintero Rivera, 2013 Distinguished Latin American Visitor. Part of the Latino Heritage Month. With the collaboration of the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) and El Sol Latino. Dance perfomance by Cayena. Reception to follow.
Dr. Quintero Rivera is currently the Director of the Social Research Center of the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, which is the most prominent research institution in the social sciences in the country. His distinguished career began in the 1970s when he was founder of the study of Puerto Rican reality (Centro de Estudios de La Realidad Puertorriqueña-CEREP) that was key in changing Puerto Rican historiography and social research to take a shift towards a historical sociology based on social-cultural history and political economy. Since the 1980s the main focus of his research has been historically grounded and theoretically informed analysis of popular culture in the Hispanophone Caribbean and Latin America. In this vein, his book Salsa, Sabor y Control: Sociología de la Música Tropical, won several awards including best book in Spanish by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the Casa de las Americas prize. His most recent book Cuerpo y Cultura: las Mùsicas Mulatas y la Subversión del Baile, pursues and developed this line of investigation of Caribbean and Latin American popular culture, developing a theory of cultural production by means of historical and empirical analysis of dance practices and performances. Professor Angel Quintero Rivera is a prolific and versatile scholar who writes about different domain of cultural creation (music, dance, art, religion), framing his research in historical perspective while developing original theoretical analysis.
An initiative of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies and the Five College Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Council Funded by Five College Residencies and Visiting Positions Program
With the collaboration of: UMass- Spanish and Portuguese Unit of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department, and Latinos Unidos/Cayena Dance Group