The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2010

Lecture on 20th-Century Portuguese Music by Professor from the New University of Lisbon

"The Politics and Aesthetics of Music in Twentieth-Century Portugal"

Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco
Instituto de Etnomusicologia-Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança
Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Monday, September 20, 2010 at 5:00 P.M.
Claire T. Carney Library Browsing Area

Jo?o Rosa
Salwa EL-Shawan Castelo-Branco

September 16, 2010 – Dartmouth, MA. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and Department of Portuguese announce a lecture on “The Politics and Aesthetics of Music in Twentieth-Century Portugal,” by Prof. Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco of the New University of Lisbon.  The event—free and open to the public—is scheduled for Monday, September 20, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. in the Claire T. Carney Library Browsing Area, Parking Lot 13.

Salwa EL-Shawan Castelo-Branco—presently Fulbright Visiting Professor at Columbia University—is Professor of Ethnomusicology and director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia-Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Her recent publications include the four-volume Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no Século XX (Círculo de Leitores, 2010); Music and Conflict, ed. and author with John O’Connell, forthcoming from the Illinois University Press, Traditional Arts in Southern Arabia: Music and Society Sohar, Sultante of Oman, with Dieter Christensen (2009); Vozes do Povo: A Folclorização em Portugal, editor and co-author with Jorge Freitas Branco (2003).

Following a brief presentation of the newly published Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no Século XX, Prof. Castelo Branco will discuss some of the main trends that characterize music in twentieth-century Portugal. The talk will focus on the relationship between political power and music discourse during the Estado Novo (1933-1974) and following the Portuguese Revolution on April 25, 1974. In particular, the presentation will examine how certain popular music styles and repertoires were used to inculcate political ideology, and to exercise power, while others were a locus for resistance, challenging asymmetrical power relations and political hegemony, and contributing to bringing about social and political change. 

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