International Conference on Tango

Tango: Creation, Identification, Circulation
26 to 29 October, 2011

The conference is organized by the Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage (CRAL, UMR 8566 CNRS / EHESS) and the ANR program GLOBALMUS.

This event will begin with a reception on Wednesday, October 26th from 19:30 pm in the bookstore El Salón del Libro (21 rue des Fosses St-Jacques, Paris 5 °) and ends on Saturday 29th at 13:00 pm with toast served at the CRAL (96 bd Raspail, Paris 6 °). Most debates take place in the amphitheater of the Maison des Cultures du Monde (101 bd Raspail) and rooms 7 & 8 of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (105 bd Raspail). For more information, write to:

This international conference, which languages will be French, English and Spanish, will gather together in Paris researchers working on the tango and its various aspects (music, dance, poetry) from diverse disciplinary orientations (historical, sociological, anthropological, musicological). Also included are debates with professional musicians and dancers: two round tables are planned for this purpose as well as a concert organized by the Association Buenos Aires sur Scène in the hall of l’Ermitage (8 rue de l’Ermitage, Paris 20 °) and a milonga (tango dance), organized by the associationBaires de Retour in the Péniche Demoiselle (57 quai de Seine, Paris 19 °).

The conference will focus on three contemporary scientific themes concerning tango:

  • Creation: aesthetic trends of current tango; a history of creative initiatives; links with means of expression and techniques of the body; tensions between creation and tradition, invention and homogenization;
  • Identification: national identities; nomadism and diaspora; “black” origins of the tango and the question of metissage; political uses and claims of autonomy; questions of gender and sexuality;
  • Circulation: technological resources in the context of globalization; new means of broadcasting and their effects on the pedagogy and interpretation of tango; commercial strategies and alternative networks; the impact of naming tango as cultural heritage.

This interdisciplinary conference, organized by the Center for Research in Arts and Language (CRAL, EHESS-CNRS) and affiliated with the ANR GLOBALMUS research program, takes place after UNESCO’s official recognition of the tango as international Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The organization of this event was made possible thanks to the work of the CRAL / Globamus with El Salón del Libro, the Maison des Cultures du Monde, Buenos Aires sur Scène, the Association Baires de Retour and equipment Patrimoine et Langages Musicaux of Paris IV.

The Scientific Committee is composed by Christophe Apprill (Centre Norbert Elias), Carmen Bernand (Paris X), Denis Constant-Martin (Science Po Bordeaux – Globamus), Didier Francfort (Université Nancy 2), Julien Mallet (IRD-Globamus), Rafael Mandressi (CNRS-Centre Koyré), Emmanuelle Olivier (CNRS-CRAL-Globamus), Michel Plisson (PLM – Paris IV) and the organizers Marina Cañardo (EHESS-UBA), Sophie Jacotot (CRAL) y Esteban Buch (EHESS-CRAL)

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