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In his research Jeffrey Pijpers argues that popular music can testify to experiences of censorship, marginality and diaspora, despite the difficulties that giving account of these experiences implies. He analyses a number of songs from late 1980s and early 1990s Cuba and from early 1970s Brazil, focusing on how their narrative, auditive and expressive dimensions interact with each other and with the socio-political contexts in which they were written and performed. He argues that these songs can be seen as expressions or performances of affective diaspora, an experience of alienation from the homeland that does not require physical separation. He connects this blurring of the border between the inner and outer experience of the homeland to the way these musicians circumvent censorship by questioning it from a marginal perspective.

Event details of Diaspora, Marginality and Censorship in Cuban and Brazilian Popular Music
Date 6 July 2016
Time 12:00 -13:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

J.M. Pijpers: Sonic Resistance. Diaspora, Marginality and Censorship in Cuban and Brazilian Popular Music.


Prof. M.G. Bal


Dr C.M.E. Graebner (Lancaster University)

Dr E. Peeren


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.