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Lecture: 'Love, Dance and Age in the Port of Veracruz'

Publication date: Sep 3, 2013 10:29:00 AM

Start: Dec 4, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 4, 2013 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ


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.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.