Who is M.Rivière?

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Anthropologist Melisa Rivière received her Ph.D. in 2010 as an ICGC MacArthur Fellow from the University of Minnesota conducting research on the globalization of hip-hop and its local expressions. Her dissertation titled “Son Dos Alas” proposes hip-hop as an avenue for the study of social behavior and media as a “place” for contemporary anthropological inquiry. Dr. Rivière has published portions of her research in popular culture magazines and academic journals including In The House Magazine, Revista Movimiento, Urban Move Magazine, Public Art Review, Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Alter/Nativas Latin American Cultural Studies Journal, and Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. She has also published literary reviews in American Anthropologist, the Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico of the Luis Ángel Arango Library, Caribbean Studies, and the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Her dissertation-turned-book, titled Son Dos Alas: Hip-Hop between Cuba and Puerto Rico is pending publication in 2016. Beyond her literary contributions, Dr. Riviere’s multimedia ethnographic works have received various forms of recognition. The title track of her dissertation, “Son Dos Alas,” appears in the album ‘The Underdog’ by recording artist Tego Calderón published by Atlantic Records, the documentary film she produced about women in hip-hop titled “B-Girl Be” was showcased at the Langston Hughes Film Festival, and her music video for the song “Los Pelos” by rap duo Obsesión obtained the Cuban Lucas award.

Dr. Rivière’s drive and passion for merging anthropology with the arts comes from her upbringing as a first-generation Latina raised between Argentina and the United States. Her travels at a young age allowed her to experience the dynamics between arts, culture, and politics, and by the mid 1990’s she began pioneering her career as a cultural anthropologist. Since then, Dr. Rivière has collaborated with scholars, musicians, and filmmakers between the United States and Latin America. She engaged with the communities most relevant to her doctoral research in Cuba at the Asociación Hermanos Saíz (Hermanos Saíz Association) and the Agencia Cubana de Rap (Cuban Agency for Rap; ICM) in Havana. In the Twin Cities Dr. Rivière co-founded the international B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop summit at Intermedia Arts. She has additionally served as panelist for philanthropic arts organizations such as the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Dr. Riviere is currently focusing on developing critical pedagogical approaches and participatory-action research to assist in developing curriculum and ethical educational initiatives between the United States and Cuba. She has served as academic director for SIT Study Abroad and taught as visiting faculty at the University of Puerto Rico since 2013 when she conducted her post-doctoral research at the Institute for Caribbean Studies. At present Dr. Rivière is a lecturer in the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.

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La antropóloga Melisa “Emetrece” Rivière recibió su doctorado en el año 2010 como un MacArthur Fellow de la Universidad de Minnesota donde realizó sus investigaciones sobre la globalización del hip-hop y sus expresiones locales. Su tesis, titulada “Son Dos Alas” propone el hip-hop como una avenida para el estudio antropológico y valoriza los derechos humanos y civiles como eje del movimiento artístico. La Dra. Rivière ha publicado en una amplia gama de periódicos, boletines, enciclopedias y revistas que incluyen In The House Magazine, Nación Hip-Hop, Urban Move Magazine, Revista Movimiento, Public Art Review, Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Alter/Nativas Latin American Cultural Studies Journal, and Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. También ha publicado reseñas en American Anthropologist, el Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico de la Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, el Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute y Caribbean Studies. Su tesis convertida en libro, titulado Son Dos Alas: Hip-Hop entre Cuba y Puerto Rico esta pendiente a publicarse en el 2016. Además de la contribución literaria, las etnografías en multimedia de la Dra. Rivière obtuvieron diversas formas de reconocimiento. La canción “Son dos alas” aparece en el disco ‘El Subestimado’ del artista Tego Calderón publicado por Atlantic Records, su documental sobre las mujeres en el hip-hop titulado “B-Girl Be” fue presentado en el Langston Hughes Film Festival de Seattle, y su video clip para la canción “Los Pelos” del dúo rapero Obsesión fue distinguido con el premio Lucas cubano.

La Dra. Rivière ha colaborado con académicos, músicos, y cineastas entre Estados Unidos, Cuba y Puerto Rico durante más de una década. Trabajó con las comunidades más relevantes para su investigación doctoral a través de la Asociación Hermanos Saíz y la Agencia Cubana de Rap con las que ofreció exposiciones y talleres. En Minneapolis/St.Paul fue co-fundadora de la cumbre internacional B-Girl Be: Una Celebración de la Mujer en el Hip-Hop de Intermedia Arts que se llevo a cabo del 2005-2010. Ha servido de panelista en comités de desarrollo y filantropía artística como el Metropolitan Regional Arts Council y el Minnesota State Arts Board.

En la actualidad se está centrando en el desarrollo de programas de pedagógica crítica y la investigación activa-participativa para aportar hacia iniciativas educativas éticas y bilaterales entre los Estados Unidos y Cuba. Se ha desempeñado como directora académica de SIT Study Abroad y enseñado como profesora visitante de la Universidad de Puerto Rico desde el 2013, donde llevó a cabo su investigación post-doctoral en el Instituto de Estudios del Caribe. En la actualidad la Dra. Rivière es conferencista en el Instituto de Estudios Globales en la Universidad de Minnesota.

 

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