UW Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies lecture by Brendan Loula, noon
Tuesday, March 17th
LACIS Lunchtime Lecture Series
"Politics, Development, and Cultura Popular in Sao Luiz, Maranhao, Brazil"
When: 12:00 p.m.
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall
Presented by Brendan Loula, MA student in Ethnomusicology.
The presentation will be a discussion of some of some of the more visible cultural manifestations in the Brazilian state of Maranhão, especially the Afro-Brazilian dance Tambor de Crioula and the musical-theatrical tradition of Bumba-Meu-Boi. More specifically, Brendan will be talking about how cross-class participation, government recognition, and outside funding are changing the staging and performance of these traditions. While Maranhão is little known outside of the Northeast of Brazil, it is regionally known for both its wealth of cultural traditions and its high degree of poverty. Using videos, photos, and recordings that he gathered during a month stay in the capital city of São Luiz, Brendan will give attendees a glimpse at the cultural variety of the region, and point to some of the issues that he seeks to clarify.
About the presenter: Brendan Loula is a graduate student in ethnomusicology here at UW-Madison, and is currently finishing his MA thesis, which focuses on the labor practices of West African griots, or musician-historians. He is basing this project on his experiences living in The Gambia for two years while serving as a health volunteer in the Peace Corps. Looking toward his doctorate, Brendan has begun conducting preliminary research in Northeastern Brazil in the under-studied region of Maranhão. As a practitioner of the Brazilian martial art/dance tradition of capoeira and a part-time accordionist, Brendan has had spent years learning about Northeastern Brazilian music and culture. For this next project in Maranhão, he is interested in the ways in which music and dance traditions become a resource for marginalized communities, markers for regional identities within contemporary nation states, and a sites of contact, conversation, and compromise between outside actors and cultural insiders.
Co-sponsored by the Brazil Initiative and the Division of International Studies
LACIS is proud to serve fair trade coffee from Just Coffee, as well as a variety of light snacks.
FREE & Open to the Public.