The Centro León, a museum and cultural institution in Santiago, Dominican Republic, holds biannual conferences on the subject of “Music, Identity, and Culture”, each dedicated to a particular musical/dance form or topic. Papers of particular interest for the topic of this website can be found particularly in the first and fifth editions:
- El merengue en la cultural dominicana y del Caribe (MIC1)
- Folclore musical y danzario del Caribe en tiempos de globalización (MIC5), not yet published, but see info here
Sydney Hutchinson has presented given numerous talks and conference papers on merengue típico at these and other professional meetings. Many of them are available by request.
|Invited panelist, “Con merengue y con bachata.” Sixth Annual Dominican Students Conference. Brown University, Providence, RI, April 7.
“Música folklórica en Samaná.” Invited talk at Centro León, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, March 15.
“A limp with rhythm: Caribbean convergences in Black Atlantic time,” International Council for Traditional Music, St John’s, Newfoundland, July 12-19.
Plenary session speaker at Música, Identidad, y Cultura en el Caribe (MIC) IV, Santiago, Dominican Republic. “¿Fue el merengue típico el primer jazz dominicano? Un análisis de técnicas compartidas.” April 16.
Invited speaker on Non-Western music colloquium series. “Performing the tíguera: Female accordionists in Dominican merengue típico,” Princeton University, April 4.
|Invited speaker for Program on Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Syracuse University. “Performing the tíguera: Female accordionists in Dominican merengue típico,” January 26.
|2010||“Negotiating knowledge, producing place: Movement, masks, and mismatch in Dominican carnival research.” American Folklore Society, Nashville, Oct. 14-16
|2009||“Cultural Policy from Below: The Making of Music, Dance, and Locality in Dominican Carnival.” Society for Ethnomusicology, Mexico City, Nov. 19-22
“Rural music, urban noise: Creating & contesting place & identity in Dominican merengue típico,” British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Liverpool, April
“Country noise in city spaces: Rereading the organology of Dominican merengue típico,” ICTM Study Group on Folk Musical Instruments, Erkner, Germany, April
“Los bailes típicos de Santiago en carnaval,” Centro León, Santiago, Dominican Republic, February
|2008||“Country noise, city spaces: Rereading the organology of Dominican merengue típico,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Middletown, Conn., October
“A man, a myth, a merengue: Tatico Henríquez; or, how to perform Dominican masculinity on accordion,” American Folklore Society, Louisville, October
“Mapping Dominican merengue típico: The urban geographies of a transnational traditional music,” Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Leipzig, Sept.
“El furioso merengue que ha sido nuestra historia: A critical look at historical sources for the study of merengue típico,” ICTM Historical Sources Study Group, Stockholm, May
|2007||“Becoming the tíguera: Female accordionists in Dominican merengue típico,” International Council for Traditional Music, Vienna, July
|2006||“The female accordionist in merengue típico,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Honolulu, November
|2005||“Race and nation in two Latin American national folk dance companies,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Atlanta, GA, October (looks at Dominican and Mexican dance companies)
“El merengue típico transnacional,” Primer Congreso de Música, Identidad y Cultura en el Caribe, Santiago, Dominican Republic, March