Gastvortrag Ana Alonso-Minutti (University of New Mexico)

17.05.2023 18:00

„Noise and Extractivism at the US-Mexico Border“

Mittwoch, 17. Mai 2023 – 18:00 Uhr | Institut für Musikwissenschaft, Seminarraum 1

Drawing from ethnographic research and sound analysis, in this presentation I discuss sonic and visual production by Indigenous and Hispanic artists whose work exposes the consequences that colonial extractivism has brought upon the land. I propose to understand their use of noise as a decolonial strategy to interrupt policies and politics of oppression. Their lived borderland experience and their practice of ‘noising’ is meant to enact a more equitable and just environment.


Ana Alonso Minutti is Associate Professor of Musicology and Associate Chair of the Department of Music at the University of New Mexico. Her scholarship focuses on experimental and avant-garde expressions and music traditions from Mexico and the US-Mexico border. Among her research areas are Latina/Chicana feminist and queer theories, critical race studies, and decolonial methodologies. Her research has been published in Argentina, Mexico, and the U.S., and has presented her work in academic spaces across the Americas and Europe. She is the author of Mario Lavista: Mirrors of Sounds (Oxford University Press, in production), and coeditor of Experimentalisms in Practice: Music Perspectives from Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2018). In addition to her scholarly work, Minutti wrote the multi-movement choral work Voces del desierto, which won the 2021 Robert M. Stevenson Prize granted by the Society for Ethnomusicology. Moreover, she directed and produced the documentary Cubos y permutaciones: plástica, música y poesía de vanguardia en México. Currently, she is the co-editor of Twentieth-Century Music journal, area editor for Grove Music Online’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Project, member of the editorial board of Journal of Music History Pedagogy, member of the advisory board of Sonus Litterarum, and curatorial advisor for Mediateca Lavista. Originally from Puebla, Mexico, she has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 2013.