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Yana Stainova "Sonorous Worlds: Musical Enchantment in Venezuela"

Yana Stainova on Musical Enchantment in Venezuela

This podcast is an interview with Yana Stainova about her book Sonorous Worlds: Musical Enchantment in Venezuela which will be published in October 2021. The book studies how young people coming of age in the urban barrios of Caracas use music and stories to push back against the forces of everyday violence, social exclusion, and state repression.

Mar 31, 2021

Yana Stainova is a sociocultural anthropologist and an Assistant Professor at McMaster University. She is interested in art, urban poverty, social inequality, migration, and the lived experience of violence in Latin America. Her research explores how people summon music practices to pursue visions of social justice in the face of political turmoil and barriers to immigration. Her first book project entitled Sonorous Worlds: Musical Enchantment in Venezuela studies how young people coming of age in the urban barrios of Caracas use music and stories to push back against the forces of everyday violence, social exclusion, and state repression. Her second book project, tentatively titled The Politics of Joy: Collective Art Practices across the US-Mexico Border focuses on Latinx migration and artistic practices in North America. Listen to the podcast here.