Popular Fiesta And Carnival

a working session of the

San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Condado Plaza Hotel | Sunday, November 15, 2009 | 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Conveners: Paolo Vignolo (Central University of Bogotá), moc.liamg|olongiv.oloap#moc.liamg|olongiv.oloap; Zeca Ligiéro (University of Rio-Rio de Janeiro), moc.liamtoh|oculez#moc.liamtoh|oculez; and Angela Marino Segura (New York University) ude.uyn|oniram.alegna#ude.uyn|oniram.alegna

From the mid 16th century festive parades, religious processions and military marches marked the arrival of state and religious envoys in the Americas. Dance, acrobatics, staged theatre, and carnivalesque behaviors accompanied the reception of not only figures of authority, but also contributed to the making and disruption of nations and empire through symbols, language and embodied practices. Brethren to staged theatre, one of the extraordinary aspects of popular fiesta and carnival is its adaptability to local, national and global conditions; i.e. new arrivals, regime changes, commercial exchange, and current events in the social and political spheres. We are working from the premise that carnival and popular fiesta manifest, in part, as the public display of power and collective action, often in service to nation-building or other forms of affinity. The conference theme of DestiNations at ASTR ideally situates the study of popular fiesta and carnival in relation to the symbolic and material production of nationhood, belonging and collective fantasy.

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