Music and Nation in Contemporary Cuba

September 21, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Music and Nation in Contemporary Cuba. September 21, 2011

Nora Gámez Torres, City University, London

Jerry Carlson, City College of New York and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Nora Gámez Torres will discuss how younger generations of Cuban musicians from the alternative music and pop rock scenes redefine the symbolic boundaries of the Cuban nation by interpreting emigration and national identity through emotional, transnational and cosmopolitan frames. She will explore the ways in which popular music in Cuba informs an alternative cultural public sphere.

Nora Gámez Torres is a doctoral student at City University, London. She holds an MSc. in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and an MSc. in Social Communications from the University of Havana. She has served as a visiting lecturer in the Universidad de Tijuana in Mexico and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Havana and the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television.