This is an interesting article about curry that I’d recommend in order to see how food, culture and history intersect in things one would not normally think.Read More
What is the meaning of music to a society? Everyone has a special relationship with music, but not everyone can very clearly say what makes a song, a style or band special to someone. By looking at the cases of the two grandfathers of electronic music (Kraftwerk in Germany, Yellow Magic Orchestra in Japan), and how electronic music emerged in Germany and Japan in the 1970s, we can explore the relationship between popular music and the social, historical and cultural context in which it appears.Read More
Whilst the case of the city of Lima is my the focus of my work, in this article I would like to focus on what civil society is and what happens when it does not exist. To do this, I would like to refer to another case in Peru, that of the cities of Puno and Juliaca, and later compare them to the case of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.Read More
This is a review and commentary on "A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints" at Japan Society in New York City.
"How do we know that gender is socially constructed?" That is an interesting question in light of the fact that there is currently an intense social (and political) desire to simplify certain social categories, particularly those that make reference to gender. "Social categories" might not invoke much in everyday parlance, but they give us points of reference in almost all aspects of social life. Social categories such as those of gender (such as “man”, “woman” or “gay”) or morality (“good”, “bad”) show us that culture(s) changes over time and that what we now understand in one way depends on social, historical, political and cultural contexts.Read More
To think that the main problem with contemporary music is the problem of revenue for artists shows the degree to which Capitalism (without you noticing) has permeated music since before many of us started listening to it enthusiastically. But this is not what music is about. In fact, it wasn't like this only 30 years ago.Read More
One of my heroines, talking about the relationship between creativity and the city (or more specifically, how New York City --specifically the East Village--has lost its creative edge to favor the clean, high-end of the "creative industry"). This is a great interview!Read More