Author Archives: Alexandra Lippman

Talk at Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro

I’m looking forward to giving this talk at Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. I feel especially honored to present at one of Brazil’s oldest social anthropology departments and the first with a graduate program. Thank you PPGAS … Continue reading

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Bike Powered Sounds at Movable Party

A few weeks ago, I was lucky to DJ a truly green party: Movable Party, a pedal-powered dance party in LA. Participants on three bikes with hub motors powered speakers, a mixer, and laptop in a corner of MacArthur Park … Continue reading

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Critical Karaoke at EMPLA

Bringing together academics, musicians, and critics, this year’s EMP Pop Conference is happening right now simultaneously in Seattle, Cleveland (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), New York, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. The localization lends itself to the “Locals Only: … Continue reading

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The materialities of sampling: a lecture

Tomorrow I’m thrilled to be guest lecturing for Wendy Hsu‘s class on Digital Music-Cultures at Occidental College. Wendy is a Fellow at the Center for Digital Learning and Research. As part of her series on Digital Ethnography, she recently wrote … Continue reading

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José Camelô

André Ramiro debuted as an actor in Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad), a film famously billed as the most watched Brazilian DVD ever. A leaked version of the film flooded the streets of Brazil to be sold by camelô (street … Continue reading

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Urban Speculations & Contested Geographies

I’m excited to be co-organizing this conference with Ameeth Vijay and C.J. Gordon!

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“We Don’t Just Want Police”

“What would you do if you organized the baptism of your son, or the birthday party of your daughter, and the police banned the event a few hours before it starts? This is happening in many favelas of Rio. Because … Continue reading

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Maga Bo- Quilombo do Futuro

I feel extremely lucky to meet Maga Bo through my fieldwork a few years ago. He is one of the most adventurous, yet deeply tranquil people I know anywhere. He has finished a new album and is seeking help with … Continue reading

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Rio Parada Funk

Originally posted on Dutty Artz: A week before Rio Parada Funk, the largest baile funk ever, Brazil’s Institute for Historical Patrimony and National Art (IPHAN) informed the press that they were going to veto its location in the historical epicenter … Continue reading

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Peace for the Pirates

Originally posted on DUTTY ARTZ [Go to :37 to skip the song's credit intro] Well not “pirates” exactly, but camelô, hawkers. For years I thought street vendors were called “camels” (camelo) and wondered about the connection. And, in Rio de … Continue reading

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