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Distinguished Lecture Series: Musicology

Sophia Enriquez presents "Penned against The Wall: Migration Narratives, Cultural Resonances, and Latinx Experiences in Appalachian Music." 

Unprecedented amounts of Latinx migration to the Appalachian region of the United States continues to result in rich interactions between Latinx and Appalachian folk music traditions. This lecture highlights the work of musicians that claim a Latinx-Appalachian musical identity. Specifically, this lecture uses ethnographic field recordings, interviews, and close lyrical analyses of Che Apalache and the Lua Project, which are two groups whose music also address the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and articulates lived experiences of migration. This talk offers the concept of Latinx-Appalachian resonances as a way of understanding the experiences of Latinxs in spaces where they are not part of the dominant cultural narrative. Ultimately, this work demonstrates how perspectives of the U.S.-Mexico border from Appalachia encourage more nuanced understandings of migration and identity in a tumultuous and shifting U.S. culture-scape.

Monday, November 11, 2019 at 3:30pm

Natalie Haslam Music Center, 025
1741 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

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Lectures & Presentations


Visual & Performing Arts


Current Students, General Public, Prospective Students


School of Music

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Jacqueline Avila

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