music

Eduardo Herrera

Associate Professor of Musicology

Eduardo Herrera (he, his, him) is Associate Professor of Musicology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He specializes in contemporary musical practices from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinx peoples in the United States from historical and ethnographic perspectives. His research topics include Argentine and Uruguayan avant-garde music, soccer chants as participatory music making, and music and postcoloniality in Latin America.

Herrera first book, Elite Art Worlds: Philanthropy, Latin Americanism, and Avant-Garde Music (Oxford University Press, 2020) explores the history of the Centro Latinoamericano de Altos Estudios Musicales (1962–1971) as a meeting point for local and transnational philanthropy, the framing of pan-regional discourses of Latin Americanism, and the aesthetics and desires of high modernity. Herrera’s co-edited volume Experimentalisms in Practice: Music Perspectives from Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2018) covers a wide variety of artistic and musical traditions from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos/as in the United States, conceived and/or perceived as experimental.

Herrera’s current book project, titled Sounding Fandom: Chanting, Masculinity, and Violence in Argentine Soccer Stadiums, studies collective chanting in Argentine soccer stadiums. Mixing ethnography and semiotics, Herrera pays attention to the way that moving- and sounding-in-synchrony frames the interpretation of symbolic and physical violence. Drawing on the performative theories of public assemblies, and informed by research on affect and emotion this work argues that chanting brings together sounds and bodies in a public affective practice that, through repetition, contributes to the construction of masculinities that are heteronormative, homophobic, and aggressive, often generating a cognitive dissonance with the individual beliefs of many of the fans.

His work can be found in the Journal for the Society of American Music, Latin American Music Review, and American Music. Herrera’s article in the journal Ethnomusicology, “Masculinity, Violence, and Deindividuation,” was awarded the honorable mention of the Marcia Herndon Prize for studies on gender and sexuality at the Society for Ethnomusicology.

  • Courses Taught

    • Latin Music U.S.A. (Byrne Seminar)
    • Introduction to World Music (MUS292)
    • Music in Latin America: Case Studies From the Andes, Brazil, Mexico, and the Hispanic Caribbean (MUS295)
    • Principles of Ethnomusicology (MUS303)
    • Social Theory and Problems in Ethnomusicology (MUS520/620)