Dancing Differences - an Intersectional Perspective on Argentine Tango

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 13:15
Location: Hörsaal 07 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Paula Irene VILLA, LMU Munich, Germany
Argentine Tango has been a booming 'subculture' in Europe for roughly the past two decades. In my talk, by using an intersectional approach, I will analyze how tango is discursively constructed as heterosexual, underclass and 'latin' at the same time and I will focus in how these constructions are partly subverted and creatively challenged on the dancefloor, i.e. in practice (using the concept of performative mimesis, informed by J. Butler). Further, I will discuss how the globalized subculture of Tango works as a space for ongoing negotiations regarding migration, especially in relation to Argentina - Germany; and how this is contrasted with tango-tourism (as studied e.g. by Davis 2015; Tornquist 2013).