Harkness Chapel, Classroom
(University of Michigan)
“Country-Loving Mexican Americans: Dual Patriotism and Inevitable Fandom among Mexican American Country Music Lovers”
sponsored by the Center for Popular Music Studies
About the Speaker: Musicologist, historian, and theorist Nadine (Dean) Hubbs is professor of women’s and gender studies and music and faculty affiliate in American culture at the University of Michigan. She is author of The Queer Composition of America's Sound (2004) and Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music (2014), and co-editor of Uncharted Country: New Voices and Perspectives in Country Music Studies (JPMS 2020). Her current project is titled Country Mexicans: Sounding Mexican American Life, Love, and Belonging in Country Music.
About the Talk: "Country-Loving Mexican Americans: 'Mexican Values,' Inevitable Fandom, and Dual Patriotism among Mexican American Country Music Lovers." Country music has long been associated with Anglo-white Americans, but shifting racial-ethnic understandings are rapidly redefining the genre. My fieldwork with Mexican American country music lovers illuminates the powerful historical and cultural linkages by which these fans regard country not as conferring belonging but as belonging particularly to ethnic Mexicans.
Music colloquia provide a weekly forum for presentation and discussion on recent research by distinguished visitors and CWRU faculty and graduate students in musicology, historical performance practice, and music education.
All talks take place in Harkness Chapel Classroom, Fridays at 4 PM (unless otherwise indicated). The series is free and open to the public.