Call for Reviews: Crolar Vol. 4(2): "Sound and dissonance: music in Latin­ American culture"



The development of interdisciplinary studies and the growing popularity of theories that encourage a departure from the Western logocentric paradigm (such as decoloniality and affect theory) have put forward works that attempt to think the aural world from new perspectives. Sounds, combined with lyrics and other realities, are now revalued as constitutive and determining of the being.

This academic trend develops concurrently with the advance of technological sounds that define our lives today: from background music in every shared space (cafes, stores, airports) to ringtones, sound notifications and pop­ups. Protest songs, film soundtracks, and the new ways in which we share and listen to online music, among many others, reveal alternate ways of creating communities


From Salsa in the Caribbean, Carnival in Brazil, or Tango in Argentina, to mention only a few examples, music has always been considered as something inherently “Latin­ American,” creating stereotypes that are sometimes hard to overcome. But what does music really mean to Latin America? How can we reconcile cheerful and catchy rhythms with protest songs? How can we think of the objectification of these dancing bodies –as desired objects­ with its possibilities as struggling and resisting subjects?

Moreover, sounds have been integrated into Literature and the Arts in innovative ways, infusing them with a new musicality. Sufficient would be to recall the beginning of the acclaimed film The Milk of Sorrow, in which mother and daughter start singing a story in Quechua, in a dialogue that is so movingly musical. The proliferation of novels that include non­hegemonic languages, as well as films that have become inseparable from their soundtrack, and texts that are based in their silences, are just but a few examples of how the aural helps communicating new levels of meaning.


We are in the search of recent publications reviews that illustrate these phenomena, as well as new perspectives on classic books which have opened up the field. Reviews of relevant literary and artistic pieces are also welcomed, including films, soundtracks, art installations, prose, poetry, and theatre.

Some of the suggested topics include: sound studies; music as a form of protest and cultural identity; musical transculturation in Latin America; the construction of the popular through music; the analysis of sound (and silence) in literature; other forms of sound: whispers, noises, and buzzes; pop cybernetic culture: blogs, streaming, and YouTube; soundtracks in cinema, theatre, and opera; noise pollution; and formatting issues: mp3, cd, cassette, and vinyl.

Reviews should be submitted before March 1st, 2015. They can be written in Spanish, English, Portuguese, or German. Ideally, the review should be in a different language than the reviewed publication or project. The formal requirements for the reviews can be found at

We are looking forward to reading from you! If you are interested in writing a review or have any other suggestions or questions please contact the editors of the volume: Denise    Kripper    (dk425[a]    and    Candela    Marini (candela.marini[a]



Bibliografía sugerida:


Acosta Cruz, María. Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture and the Fictions of Independence. New York & London: Routledge, 2014.


Aldama, Frederick Luis, ed. Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.


Alonso, Sergio. Historia de las bandas de música de Villa María. Villa María, Argentina: Eduvim, 2012.


Carreño Bolivar, Rubí. Av. Independencia: Literatura, música e ideas de Chile disidente. Santiago: Cuarto Propio, 2013.


Cepeda Sánchez, Hernando. Imaginarios sociales, política y resistencia: culturas juveniles de la música ‘rock’ en Argentina y Colombia de 1966 hasta 1986. Bogotá, D.C.:Editorial Universidad del Rosario, 2012.


González Rodríguez, Juan Pablo. Pensar la música desde América Latina. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Gourmet Musical Ediciones, 2013.


Gutierrez, Raquel. Rhythms of the Pachakuti: Indigenous Uprising and State Power in Bolivia. Durham: Duke Press, Forthcoming (November 2014).


Markarian, Vania. El 68 uruguayo: el movimiento estudiantil entre molotovs y música beat. Bernal: Universidad Nacional de Quilmes Editorial, 2012.


Ochoa, Ana María. Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth­Century Colombia. Durham: Duke Press, Forthcoming (November 2014).


Palacios Mateos, Fernando. El andarele en la música tradicional afroesmeraldeña, Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador: Ediciones Abya­Yala, 2013.


Pardo Rojas, Mauricio ed. Música y sociedad en Colombia: traslaciones, legitimaciones e identificaciones.Bogotá, D.C.: Editorial Universidad del Rosario, 2012.


Quintana Martínez, Alejandra y Carmen Millán de Benavides, ed. Mujeres en la música en Colombia: el género de los géneros. Bogotá, DC: Editorial Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, 2012.


Rocha Iturbide, Manuel. El eco está en todas partes. México: Alias, 2013.


Sánchez Fuarros, Iñigo. Cubaneando en Barcelona: música, migración y experiencia cubana. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2012. Thompson, Krista,


Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice, Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.


Vigil, Cipriano. New Mexican folk music: treasures of a people. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2014.


Wong, Ketty. Whose national music?: identity, mestizaje, and migration in Ecuador. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2012.




Posted: 2014-09-05

Call for Reviews: Volumen 4 (1): “Gender and Deviance in Latin America”



A concept of long tradition in sociological research, deviance has grosso modo been defined as the conduct(s) that break with the socially acceptable standard and is (are) therefore subject to social regulation and management. The aim of this issue of CROLAR is to collect reviews of publications based on the historic and social Latin American contexts that approach deviance both theoretically and empirically in a broader sense, that is, not just as conduct but also as values, lifestyles, physical appearance and identities. These could be, for example, works that analyze the relative increase of incarceration of women, the increase in gender violence, the feminization of the workforce in Latin America, the moral panic about irregular female migration, and others. We also want to invite you to review publications on regions that discuss the importance of these issues for Latin America within a perspective of global entanglements.


Based on Anderson (2014) we propose a multidisciplinary framework that reveals deviance as a political, social, anthropological, psychological and medical phenomenom, which provides new and exciting possibilities to understand social organization and the construction and experiencia of deviance and social control.


We are specifically interested in reviews from publications that approach the relation between the category of gender and the classical branches of deviance studies such as anomie, social disorganization, social pathology, degeneracy, labeling, stigma, deviant career, moral panics, critical criminology; as well as the relation of gender and broader and more contemporary views of these concepts such as general strain theory, collective efficacy, medicalization, resistance, agency, edgework, life-course criminology, risk societies, mass incarceration and cultures of control. We also embrace reviews for works that approach the relation of gender and deviance from the point of view of critical race theory and queer theory.


We actively encourage reviews on publications that focus not only on control and marginalization but also on how gendered locations are used strategically for demands of citizenship and the recognition of unique social and cultural expressions as well as lifestyles and identities. Works that address interconnections between classic and contemporary approaches to deviance are welcome.


Lastly, we are also looking for reviews on works that transcend the limits of academic production, aimed at a larger audience and related to current events. They will be published in the “Intervenciones” section and may include reviews of works by journalists, activists, practitioners, artists and others. For this particular section we encourage reviewers to write about projects that do not have a book format, such as documentaries, blogs, websites and artistic projects.


Reviews must be sent before 15.10.2014. They can be written in spanish, english, portuguese or german. Ideally, the review should be in a different language than the reviewed publication or project. The formal requirements for the reviews can be found at


We are looking forward to reading from you! If you are interested in writing a review or have any other suggestions or questions please contact the editors of the volume: Laura Aguirre ( and Jennifer Chan (jehnchan[at]


Posted: 2013-12-01
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