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¡Maldito Coronavirus! - Mapping Latin American Musical Responses to the Pandemic Moment - Daniel S. Margolies

Daniel S. Margolies [+-]
Virginia Wesleyan University (Emeritus) and Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
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Daniel S. Margolies is Director of Strategic Initiatives, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas, and Emeritus Professor at Virginia Wesleyan University. He is the author of Henry Watterson and the New South: The Politics of Empire, Free Trade, and Globalization (University Press of Kentucky, 2006) and Spaces of Law in American Foreign Relations: Extradition and Extraterritoriality in the Borderlands and Beyond, 1877-1898 (University of Georgia Press, 2011); editor of Companion to Harry S. Truman (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and co-editor (with Umut Özsu, Maïa Pal, and Ntina Tzouvala) of The Extraterritoriality of Law: History, Theory, Politics (Politics of Transnational Law) (Routledge, 2019). Margolies has written numerous history articles on a wide array of subjects as well as interdisciplinary studies of Mexican migrant music and articles and essays on cultural sustainability and other aspects of Texas-Mexican conjunto music. His article “Latino Migrant Music and Identity in the Borderlands of the New South,” was awarded the 2010 Carl Bode Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of American Culture in 2009 by the American Culture Association. Margolies has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea, a Faculty Fellow at the American Center for Mongolian Studies in Ulaanbaatar, and twice a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California-Berkeley. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Festival of Texas Fiddling, which features son huasteco and Tejano music, and is an advising consultant to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center for the annual Tejano Conjunto Festival in San Antonio. More information is at
J.A. Strub [+-]
University of Texas, Austin
J.A. Strub is a dissertator in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on questions of community pedagogy and participatory culture in música huasteca. J.A's writings on music, foodways, urban studies and participatory democracy have been featured in the Atlantic, CityLab, the Nation, Edible Queens, Democracy Journal, StarChefs Magazine, and publications by the Roosevelt Institute, the Russel Sage Foundation, and the Walt Whitman Forum on Culture. He has presented at various conferences including the Fourth International Conference on Participatory Budgeting, Frontiers of Democracy 2016, El 13ro Encuentro de Son Jarocho, Son Huasteco, Huapango, Fandango, y Trovada, and the virtual Sounds of the Pandemic Conference. Strub has been awarded grants by the Rainwater Foundation, the Bruno Salazar Network, the William H. Macaulay Opportunities Fund, and the Goldsmith Foundation. He is a development consultant for Mexico Beyond Mariachi, a teaching arts and traditional music research organization based in New York City, and is the founder of the Foro de Cultura Huapanguera en Texas, a showcase of huapango music, regional gastronomy, and scholarship on the culture of migration. Strub is an avid listener and active performer of traditional and vernacular Latin American musics, including son jarocho, son huasteco, vallenato, salsa and timba.


This chapter is a concise global history of community music experiences in times of pandemic and other widespread health catastrophes, with an emphasis on responses to the modern era of newly emergent viruses. This chapter provides a history of community and artistic responses to crises of health and wellbeing as well as to the challenges of isolation and quarantine when faced with dangerous communicable diseases such as avian and swine influenza, malaria, HIV/AIDS, ebola, zika, dengue, chikungunya, and coronavirus. This chapter engages the historical scholarship on cultural and musical responses to disease and other traumatic experiences particularly in Latin America to contextualize the lineages of the musical responses to coronavirus as well as to highlight the novelty of the moment. It considers the development and applicability of conceptual frameworks from medical ethnomusicology and music therapy about the ways music and music-making can mitigate health impacts on individual and community scales. It considers the history of cultural production during global pandemics of the historical and recent pasts, emphasizing the rise of popular and vernacular musics as the main expressive route for artistic response to disaster and disease. Finally, this chapter provides a brief history of the rise and transformation of social technologies such as music and video streaming services like Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and YouTube, social media like Facebook and Instagram, live internet chatrooms, and livestreams and their relevance to the musical cultures of the covid pandemic and to music-making during the period of mass-isolation.

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Margolies, Daniel; Strub, J.A.. Viru Viru Viru Viru. ¡Maldito Coronavirus! - Mapping Latin American Musical Responses to the Pandemic Moment. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Mar 2024. ISBN 9781800503977. Date accessed: 20 Mar 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43036. Mar 2024

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