Pharmacolonial Connections
Saturday 7 July, 6pm

Join Manuel Ángel-Macía at Primary for a listening session focusing on Latin American popular music.

This session is an instance of a Manuel Ángel-Macía’s broader research programme on the topic of pharmacoloniality. Turning to the aural spectrum, the session explores and elaborates on Puerto Rican Acoustemologist Julio Ramos’ concept of pharmacoloniality. The concept denotes an inverse process of ‘colonisation’, whereby Latin American substances—coca, sugar, tobacco, coffee—intervene to stimulate European rationality and co-produce the rhythms of modern temporality. These substances ‘stimulate’ the growth of Western imperial economies and articulate the infrastructural order of capitalist accumulation.

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