The Politics of Salsa: Music, Urban Spaces and Globalization


This Duke in Cuba Havana-based course investigates urban spaces through the lens of salsa music. With Havana as the focal point, students comparatively reflect on how musical and/or cultural production shapes urban spaces throughout the Caribbean (e.g., Caracas, San Juan) and US cities (e.g., Miami, New York) where Cuban and other Caribbean diasporas are at stake. It also takes into consideration the historical impact of globalization on cultural and socio-economic urban development. Readings from Cultural Studies, History, and Musicology. Original research projects using primary and secondary materials written in academic Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent. Instructor: Villalba


Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent

Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • FL
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • CULANTH 348A
  • SPANISH 344A
Typically Offered