Seminar: Where is Mozlandia?

Seminar: Where is Mozlandia?

SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES AUTUMN 2016
 
Week: 11
Title: Where is Mozlandia? Mapping Morrissey Fandom in the US-Mexico Borderlands 
Speaker: Dr. Melissa Hidalgo
Date: Wednesday 16th of November
Time: 1.00 pm
Venue: C1060
A joint Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster/Department of Sociology Research Seminar
 
Abstract:
 
This seminar explores the sights and sounds of Morrissey fandom as expressed, enacted, and lived in the US-Mexico border region. Drawing from her new book, Mozlandia: Morrissey Fans in the Borderlands, 
Dr Hidalgo will provide a glimpse into ‘Mozlandia,’ her term for the unique landscape of Morrissey fandom from Los Angeles—nicknamed ‘Moz Angeles’ by fans of the 1st generation Manchester-born Irish singer—
to Mexico City and beyond. We will come to understand Mozlandia as an imagined, figurative, geographical, sonic, and visual ‘fanscape’ (or landscape of fandom) that emerges as a transnational and transcultural
phenomenon. Ultimately, we will learn what Mozlandia and the popular music of Morrissey and the Smiths teaches us about broader histories of Chicano, Mexican, and Irish migrations, colonization, resistance, identity 
formation, and cultural practices.
 
Bio:
 
Dr Melissa Hidalgo is from Whittier, California, east of Los Angeles. She is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at UL affiliated with the Popular Music and Popular Culture research clusters and the Department of Sociology.
Hidalgo’s research explores the concept of transnational, transcultural, and transhistorical “distant relations” between and among Irish, Chicana/o, and Mexican peoples, borderlands, and cultures. 
She can be reached at Melissa.Hidalgo@ul.ie.