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Clubber musicking: body and subjectivity in underground electronic music scenes from São Paulo and Berlin

Grant number: 18/10332-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal researcher:Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji
Grantee:Gibran Teixeira Braga
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/05318-7 - Local musicking: new pathways for ethnomusicology, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):19/23340-8 - Rooms for Resistance: music and politics of body and pleasure in times of urgency, BE.EP.PD


The objective of this research project is to investigate two scenes of underground electronic music parties, located respectively in the cities of São Paulo and Berlin. These parties bring people together to dance and listen to music, to use licit and illicit drugs and to socialize. They are fertile environments for aesthetic and sensory experiments, and provide space for experiencing diverse erotic-affective practices, as well as artistic performances that raise questions about non-standard bodies, gender, sexuality, race, and class. The focus will be on the musical aspects of the scenes in question: I intend to show how underground electronic music is linked to certain forms of sociability, subjectivities and uses of body and time. Following the relationship between musicking and the production of localities, a central theme of the Thematic Project The local musicking: new tracks for ethnomusicology, to which this research is associated, the relations between the scenes and the cities will be thematized as well; I will also analyze the circulation between the two scenes and the fundamental role played by the internet in the formation of translocalities.

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