Informationen zum Termin 28. Januar 2021

Do 28. Januar 2021 | 18:00 Uhr
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Raum/ Saal: Online

'Labels [Are] Selling Short What the Whole Thing Is About': On Identity Politics, Representation, and Legacy in Tania León’s Biography
Ref.: Alejandro L. Madrid (Cornell University)

Vortrag im Rahmen des Collegium Musicologicum

Alejandro L. Madrid (Cornell University)
"Labels [Are] Selling Short What the Whole Thing Is About": On Identity Politics, Representation, and Legacy in Tania León’s Biography

This presentation reflects upon the ways in which composer Tania León’s life and works have been portrayed to create the idea of an artistic legacy. The examination unfolds around three concepts: representation, identity, and legacy. The first part is an exploration of the ways in which Tania León has been represented in literature about music in the United States and Latin America, often within the logics of identity politics. The second part is devoted to León’s discourse of self-identification and provides a detailed exploration of the ways in which she rejects identity labels and the implications of this rejection. In the final section, I assess León’s current legacy as a musician, artist, educator, and community organizer in relation to the way processes of canonization of León and her work have unfolded for several years.

Alejandro L. Madrid is a cultural theorist whose historical, ethnographic, and critical work focuses on music and expressive culture from Latin America and Latinxs in the United States. Working at the intersection of musicology, ethnomusicology, and performance studies, his work explores questions of transnationalism and diaspora; gender and embodied culture; and historiography, narrative, and alternative ways of knowledge production in music from the long twentieth century. Madrid is the author of over a dozen books for which he has received numerous national and international awards, including the Dent Medal from the Royal Musical Association and the International Musicological Society; the Premio de Musicología Casa de las Américas; the Mexico Humanities Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association; the Béla Bartók Award from the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Awards; the Woody Guthrie Book Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music; the Premio de Musicología Samuel Claro Valdés; as well as the Robert Stevenson, Ruth Solie, and Philip Brett awards from the American Musicological Society. His most recent book, Tania León’s Stride. A Polyrhythmic Life is forthcoming this year with University of Illinois Press. Madrid is editor of Oxford University Press’s award-winning series Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music, and co-editor of the journal Twentieth-Century Music. He is professor of musicology and ethnomusicology as well as Chair of the Department of Music at Cornell University.

Die Gastvorträge finden im Wintersemester 2020/21 als Zoom-Sessions über Moodle statt. Sollten Sie Interesse an den Vorträgen haben, möchten wir Sie bitten, sich in die Moodle-Veranstaltung "Collegium Musicologicum" ( einzuschreiben. Dort erhalten Sie dann den entsprechenden Link sowie das Passwort für die jeweilige Veranstaltung. Wenn Sie sich nicht einschreiben können oder wollen, oder wenn Sie Fragen haben, wenden Sie sich bitte an Dr. Sydney Hutchinson:

The winter 2020/21 guest lectures will take place as online Zoom sessions. We recommend that all who are interested in the lectures sign up for the series using the Moodle site called "Collegium Musicologicum" ( On that site you will find the links to all Zoom sessions and you will receive the passwords from an administrator. If you are unable to sign up for a free Moodle account, do not wish to, or if you otherwise need assistance, please write to Dr. Sydney Hutchinson at

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