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Musicology and the Exhausted Nation



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In this presentation, Dr. Leonora Saavedra discusses how in the 1990s, Rogers Brubaker decried the new popularity of nationalism as an academic topic within musicology, where "analytical primitivism has been introduced through the highly selective appropriation of the historical and social scientific literature on nationalism." Was Brubaker's criticism warranted? Taking the case of Mexico as a test ground, this talk takes stock of some of the results of musicology's brief infatuation with nationalism, and address the gains made as well as the opportunities lost.

This event was co-sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, Department of Music, LAII, and the Center for Southwest Research. This podcast is provided courtesy of the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico. For more information, please visit


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Musicology and the Exhausted Nation