Lectures

Between > (Play) and |<< (Rewind): the Making of Son Dos Alas
A multimedia lecture by Melisa Rivière, Ph.D.

From New York to Rio, from Nairobi to Tokyo, hip-hop, more than any other musical genre or youth culture has permeated nations, cultures and languages worldwide. “Between (Play) and (Rewind): the Making of Son Dos Alas” is an engaging multimedia lecture presented by anthropologist Melisa Rivière about her experience conducting research on the globalization of hip-hop and its local expressions between Cuba and Puerto Rico. The lecture aims to educate and entertain audiences combining facts, figures, songs and music videos produced by Dr. Rivière in both locations. Using research data combined with multimedia arts Son Dos Alas proposes hip-hop as an avenue for the study of social behavior and media as a ‘place’ for contemporary anthropological inquiry. The research consists of collaborative songs produced between rappers from each location including Tego Calderón, Anónimo Consejo, Siete Nueve, Los Aldeanos, and Intifada amongst others. Rivière‘s research reveals that it is through value systems and common civil rights struggles, more so than strictly the four elements of hip-hop (rap, break dance, turntablism and visual art), that youth relate to one another and their global audiences. “Between (Play) and (Rewind): the Making of Son Dos Alas” frames the research experience, bringing to the forefront the subtleties of fieldwork intertwined with the art of politics and the politics of art.

Download article from Alter/Nativas: Latin American Cultural Studies Journal (Ohio State University)

M.Riviere (Alternativas) English
Between > (Play) and |<< (Rewind): the Making of ‘Son Dos Alas’

M.Riviere (Alternativas) Español
M.Riviere Entre |<< (rebobinar) y > (reproducir): la realización de ‘Son Dos Alas’

Presentations in English:
Title: Between > (Play) and |<< (Rewind): the Making of ‘Son Dos Alas’

April 2014
Visual Scholarship Initiative: Innovative Dissertations. Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

December 2013
International Roundtable, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.

March 2013
College for Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

February 2013
American Culture & Difference Program, St. Thomas University, St. Paul, MN.

August 2012
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN.

Presentations in Spanish:
Title: Entre |<< (rebobinar) y > (reproducir): la realización de ‘Son Dos Alas’

October 2013
Institute for Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR.

Department of Social Sciences and Office for Cultural Activities, University of Puerto Rico, Utuado, PR.

September 2013
Institute for Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR.

March 2013       
Dicho Lugar Cultural Center, Mérida, Mexico.

 

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