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Matthew B. Karush
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
The Transnational History of Argentine Popular Music in the 20th Century

I am applying for an NEH Fellowship to fund the research and writing of the first transnational history of Argentine popular music. The book will examine the careers of ten influential Argentine musicians in six genres. Over the course of their literal and figurative travels, these artists encountered a wide range of musical styles on terrain marked by the unequal distribution of economic and political power. They were forced to navigate a set of genre distinctions, marketing conventions, and even ethnic identities, all of which imposed limitations but also created commercial and musical opportunities. Their ideological, aesthetic and commercial maneuvers, along with those of their fans, shifted both the international perception of Argentina and the way Argentines understood their own relationship with the world. By viewing the evolving structure of mass cultural circuits from the vantage point of Argentina, the book will revise dominant versions of the history of globalization.

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Project fields:
Latin American History; Music History and Criticism

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015