Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Shane Greene – There's Blood on the Cassette

Thursday, October 19, 2017

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Birkelund Board Room

Shane Greene is an Anthropology Professor at Indiana University, his research interesting lying at the intersection of urban subcultures, ethnicity, environment, and the politics of culture in the Latin American context.

Born out of a recent book, this talk probes for connections between the viscerality of violence, the vitality of subversive bodies, and the centrality of the maqueta ("demo cassette") to Lima's punk experience. The only medium readily available to punks at the time, the cassette's experiential dimensions are not limited to questions of technological conditions (or their creative overcoming). Rather, I wonder aloud how this particular musical technology of the maqueta might be better understood as a sign and symptom of punk bodies that became both vital and vulnerable during Peru’s war with the Shining Path."

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Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies