Christopher Estrada

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Christopher Estrada

Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology & History

  • About

    My dissertation looks at an expressive musical-poetic form that has developed over the last hundred years, maracatu de baque solto of Pernambuco, Brazil.  Alongside ethnographic analysis of performance and improvisation in this sugar-producing region, I explore the role of institutional frameworks created by folklore research, the impact of cultural policy initiatives, and the notion of authenticity in cultura popular.  Research interests include music of the African diaspora, digital humanities, activist scholarship, social movements, agrarian history, cultural revitalization movements, religious and ritual hybridity, and cultural appropriation.   More information can be found at

  • Research Areas of Interest
    • 20th century Brazil, regionalism, Latin American and Caribbean cultural revitalization movements, authenticity and cultura popular, immaterial patrimony, music of the African diaspora, digital humanities, activist research, social movements, agrarian history, performance and improvisation, cultural policy