"From Cumbia Colombiana to Cumbia Cosmopolatina: Local Roots, Transnational Routes"
Deborah Pacini Hernandez
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University.
"From Música Negra to Música Urbana: Reggaeton, Race, and Commerce"
Post-Doctoral Fellow, MIT.
Deborah Pacini Hernandez is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, and an affiliate with the Latino Studies and American Studies Programs. Her publications include Bachata: A Social History of a Dominican Popular Music, Temple University Press, 1995; Reggaeton, co-edited with Raquel Rivera and Wayne Marshall (Duke 2009) and Rockin' Las Americas: The Global Politics of Rock in Latin/o America, co-edited with Eric Zolov and Hector Fernández L'Hoeste (University of Pittsburgh Press 2004). Her most recent book, Oye Como Va!: Hybridity and Identity in Latin/o Popular Music, is in production with Temple University Press.
Wayne Marshall is an ethnomusicologist, blogger, DJ, and, beginning this year, a Mellon Fellow in Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT. His research focuses on the production and circulation of popular music, especially across the Americas and in the wider world, and the role that digital technologies are playing in the formation of new notions of community, selfhood, and nationhood. He is the co-editor of Reggaeton (Duke 2009), and has published reviews and articles on hip-hop, reggae, and global dance music in various academic and journalistic publications.