Professional Activities

Invited talks/Public Lectures/Engagement:

 

  • 22 July 2020. Talk on Romanies and Travellers (via Zoom) for Norwich Interfaith Link
  • 24 January 2020. Talk on Roma and Sinti for Holocaust Memorial Day. St. Stephen's Church, Norwich.
  • 30 March 2019, The Progressive Media conference, organised by The Norwich Radical at University of East Anglia. Paper title, ‘Roma and the Media’.

  • 17 September 2016. Talk on British Gypsies and identity at ACERT conference Identity Now, London.

  • 22 April 2016. The Forum, Norwich. Talk on representations of British Gypsies in the writing of George Borrow, Norwich City of Interculture.
  • 28 February 2016. UEA. Lecture on the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis and his links with Latin America.
  • 29 November 2014. Congress House, London. Latin America 2014 Adelante! Talk on culture and revolution in Latin America.
  • 27 May 2014. The Forum, Norwich. Campus in the City. Talk ‘The Amazing Aztecs’
  • 9 November 2013. Lecture title ‘El hombre es un creador: Víctor Jara and the Leftist Revival of Folk Traditions’. Cambridge Society of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, University of Cambridge
  • 1-2 November 2013.  ‘Norwich and George Borrow: A Celebration’. Paper title ‘At the Atchin tan: Gypsies, Music and Memory in East Anglia and South-East England’. The Assembly Rooms, Norwich
  • July 2013, Bolívar Hall, London. Talk for the book launch of Counter-Globalisation from the South: ALBA and the Construction of “21st Century Socialism”, ed. Thomas Muhr. Routledge
  • 27 April 2013. Conference: The legacy of Hugo Chavez – Showing There is an Alternative in the 21st Century. University of London. Talk on Venezuelan cultural policy in the Chávez period 
  • 17-18 February 2012. Norwich City of Interculture. Public lecture, the Forum, Norwich. ‘What have the Gypsies ever done for us? Gypsies . .....and their contributions to the folk revival of the 1960's’.
  • 2 June 2009. Public lecture: Romany History in East Anglia. Norfolk Family History Association. Great Yarmouth.
  • 2010: Organiser of conference ‘Mi pueblo me hace cantar: music and politics in Latin America', with funding awarded by the Society for Latin American Studies. 
  • 4 April 2009. Symposium Venezuela: Ten Years of Social Transformation. University of Westminster, London. Workshop on cultural policy in contemporary Venezuela.
  • 29 June, 2008. The Playhouse, Norwich. Public talk on globalisation and Latin America.
  • 25 June 2008, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London. Conference: ‘Researching Contemporary History as it Happens: the Case of Hugo Chávez’.
  • 24 October 2007. Saint Margaret’s Church, Norwich. Music and politics in Venezuela.
  • 10-12 August 2007. El sueño existe, Machynlleth, Wales. Workshop ‘Alí Primera, Popular Music and Political Change in Venezuela’.
  • 2 December 2006. Conference ‘Latin America 2006: Haciendo posible otro mundo/Making another World Possible’. TUC Congress House, London. Paper title: ‘Canto necesario: Musical Activism in Contemporary Venezuela’.
  • 28 October 2006. ‘Venezuela: Democracy and Social Progress’. City Hall, London. Paper title: ‘Culture, Protest and Political Change in Venezuela’.

 

Referee/review Activity

Bloomsbury

The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Bulletin of Latin American Research

Journal of Popular Music Studies

Popular Music

Routledge books

Volume: The French Journal of Popular Music Studies

 

External Activities

  • Academic Presentations
  • 10-11 July 2019, New Area Studies Theory/Method: Blurring Genres’ conference, organised by University of East Anglia. Paper title: ‘The Politics of Music in Latin America’.

  • 5 July 2018. 'Labour Songs Across the Globe'. International symposium held as part of Rudolstadt Festival, Germany. Paper title: 'Music and Social Movements in Mexico'.
  • 29 April 2017. Sare Patria: Romani Action conference, New York University. Paper title: 'Representations of "Gypsy Music" in the UK'.  
  • 13 May 2016. Dialogical seminar on Education, culture and politics in Latin America and Europe. EDU, UEA
  • 1 November 2014. ‘Popular Music and Politics in Venezuela in the Chávez Period’. Latin American Music Seminar, Royal Holloway, University of London.

  • 19-20 September 2014. ‘The Aesthetics of Politics and the Politics of Aesthetics in Contemporary Venezuela, University of Cambridge’.University of Cambridge. Paper title: ‘The Politics of Music in Venezuela in the Chávez Period’

  •  15 April 2014. Sound Affects, AHRC Network on Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change. University of East Anglia. Paper title: ‘Popular music and politics in Venezuela in the Chávez period: ‘New Song’ and 21st Century Bolivarianism’.

  • 7-8 June 2013. ‘Changing the Tune’. University of Strasbourg.  Paper title ‘Alí Primera’s songs as contested space in contemporary Venezuela’

  • 1 December 2011. Seminar on cultural politics in contemporary Venezuela at the Research Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool.
  • 16th-17th April 2010. Organiser of conference Mi pueblo me hace cantar: Music and Politics in Latin America. University of East Anglia.
  • 9-10 April 2010. Annual conference of the Society for Latin American Studies. Paper title 'La cultura es el pueblo: Bolivarian Cultural Policy'. University of Bristol.
  • 22-24 January 2010. Conference ‘The Pink Tide: reconfiguring Politics, Power and Political Economy in the Americas?’ University of Nottingham. Paper Title: ‘Bolivarianism and Cultural Politics; What’s New?’
  • 13-17 July 2009. Biannual conference of the International Association of the Study of Popular Music. University of Liverpool. Paper title: ‘“Will There Be Any Travellers in Heaven?”: British Gypsies and their Impact on the British Folk Tradition’.
  • 26-27 March 2009. Annual Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies. University of Leeds. Paper title: ‘Whose Heritage? Cultural Policy and Civil Society in Contemporary Venezuela’.
  • 26-27 September 2008. University of Newcastle. Conference: ‘Tlatelolco: Forty Years Later’. Paper title: ‘Ayeres de Tlatelolco: Writing History in our Songs. The Protest Music of Judith Reyes and José de Molina’.
  • 1-2 July 2008. University of Cambridge. Conference: ‘Memory Maps: Image, Place and Story’. Paper title: ‘At the Atchin Tan: Gypsies, Music and Memory in East Anglia and South-East England’.
  • 28-30 March 2008, Annual Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies. University of Liverpool, Liverpool. Paper title: ‘‘Ya cayó’: the APPO Movement and Resistance Music in Oaxaca, México, 2006-7’.
  • 22-23 November 2007. Conference ‘Conflict and Political Change in Contemporary Colombia and Venezuela’, University of Liverpool. Paper title: ‘Alí Primera and Contemporary Venezuelan Politics’.
  • 25-29 June 2007. Biannual conference of the International Association of the Study of Popular Music. Mexico City, Mexico. Paper title: ‘Alí Primera and the Construction of Bolivarianism in Contemporary Venezuela’.
  • 13-15 April 2007. Annual Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies. University of Newcastle, Newcastle. Convenor of panel ‘Music and Politics in Latin America’ and co-convenor of panel ‘Music in Latin America: Memory, Activism and Social Change’. Paper title: ‘The Sound of Bolivarianism in Contemporary Venezuela’.
  • 23-25 July 2006. Conference: ‘Popular Musics of the Hispanic and Lusophone Worlds’ University of Newcastle, Newcastle. Paper title: ‘El padre cantor: Alí Primera and nueva canción in Venezuela.
  • 7-10 July 2006. Conference: ‘Collective memory and Uses of the Past’. University of East Anglia, Norwich. Paper title: ‘Popular Music, Collective memory and Political Change in Contemporary Venezuela’.
  • 17 May 2006. Conference: ‘Sounds of the Overground’. Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool, Liverpool. Paper title: ‘Ubiquitous Alí: Popular Music and Bolivarianism in Contemporary Venezuela’.
  • Departmental Seminars:
  • 16 May 2009. Latin American Music Seminar. Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London. Paper title: "Writing History in our Songs": The Mexican Student Movement of 1968 & the Protest Music of José de Molina & Judith Reyes.
  • 9 December 2008. PSI Research Seminar, UEA. ‘La cultura es el pueblo: Cultural Policy in Contemporary Venezuela’.
  • 17 October 2008. HIS Research Seminar, UEA. ‘Will there be any Travellers in Heaven? Gypsies, Music and Memory’.
  • 15 January 2008. Latin American Research Group, School of Development Studies, UEA. Seminar on music and politics in contemporary Venezuela.
  • 4 November 2006. Latin American Music Seminar. Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London. Paper title: ‘Alí Primera: huella profunda sobre esta tierra. Canto necesario in Contemporary Venezuela

 

 

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