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Crossing the Walls of Cartagena : Resistance and (Re-)Existence through Afro-Colombian Music and Dance

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Gruber, Valerie V. V.:
Crossing the Walls of Cartagena : Resistance and (Re-)Existence through Afro-Colombian Music and Dance.
Event: 6th Biannual Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples’ Conference : ERIP 2019 “Bridges and Walls Across the Americas : Dialogues of Survivance, Endurance, and Resistance” , 12.-14. Sept. 2019 , Spokane, USA.
(Conference item: Conference , Speech )

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The Walls of Cartagena, Colombia, constitute a "contact zone" (Pratt 1991) and a symbol of segregation and exploitation at the same time. The colonial buildings of the Walled City, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage, attract thousands of tourists every year, while the less privileged, mainly Afro-descendant communities remain largely excluded from the center of this former port of transatlantic slave trade. I aim to show how dwellers of excluded neighborhoods try to cross the persistent social, spatial and racial ‘walls’ of Cartagena through projects of Afro-Colombian music and dance. I propose a “rhythmanalysis” inspired by Lefebvre (2004), relying upon data collected during ethnographic field research from January to March 2019. Outlining illustrative empirical cases, I aim to reveal how members of these communities (re-)invent territorialities and temporalities within and beyond their neighborhoods, in order to resist and (re-)exist in the face of seemingly impenetrable physical, social and symbolical walls.

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Item Type: Conference item (Speech)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Afro-Colombians; Resistance; Territoriality
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
900 History and geography > 910 Geography, travel
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2019 07:42
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2019 07:42
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/52441