Interview with Paul Austerlitz: Engaged Scholarship and Engaged Creativity in the Dominican Republic and Haiti
Conservatory of Music
This chapter tells the story of roots music in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and also examines the shared traditions that unite music across Hispaniola. Paul Austerlitz uses ethnomusicology to argue that music performance, dance (such as merengue), and ritual remain liberatory practices, connected to a history of spirituality and resistance that began in maroon communities during the island’s early history.
Austerlitz, Paul and April J. Mays. “Interview with Paul Austerlitz: Engaged Scholarship and Engaged Creativity in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.” In Transnational Hispaniola: New Directions in Haitian and Dominican Studies, edited by Jayaram Kiran and April J. Mays, 221–38. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2018.