Carlos Cuestas, Ethnomusicology

Carlos, a PhD Candidate in the Ethnomusicology Program, will present “After All, Music is the Cherry on Top:” Amateur Radicalism and Affective Strategies of Son Jarocho Colectivos in Southern Veracruz” at the 2022 Society for Ethnomusicology conference in New Orleans. Carlos’s ethnographic research investigates how young activists in Veracruz, Mexico, use the collective music-making features of son jarocho to generate affective networks between them and their communities. These networks expand into a commitment to activism and a series of political and intellectual awakenings that question the capitalist project of relentless extractivism and unlimited economic growth currently destroying their ecosystems—as well as the planet’s.  Carlos is currently an IRADAC fellow,  as well as a classical guitarist and a son jarocho practitioner, enjoying an active performing career both nationally and internationally. 

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