Dr Fiorella Montero-Diaz

Title: Lecturer in Ethnomusicology
Phone: 01782 734595
Email: r.montero.diaz@keele.ac.uk
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Fiorella Montero Diaz

Dr Fiorella Montero-Diaz is a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Keele University.  She originally trained as a classic pianist at the National Conservatory of Peru and then went on to study Sound Engineering in Lima, Peru, before moving to the field of Ethnomusicology. Dr Montero-Diaz first completed an MMus in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmith’s University of London, under the supervision of Prof John Baily, followed by a PhD in Music at Royal Holloway University of London, under the supervision of Dr Henry Stobart, with the study: “Fusion as inclusion: A Lima upper class delusion?”  This thesis opened up a new field of research, termed ‘ethnomusicology of the hegemonic’ with the first ever in-depth examination of a contemporary popular music phenomenon in Lima (fusion) among white upper class urban youth. In parallel, the study pioneers the observation of the impact on the white upper classes of Peru's twenty-year internal war (1980-2000), which triggered deep questioning of their own social position, whiteness and identity.

Before joining Keele University Dr Montero-Diaz was a Research Assistant for the Theatre and Drama Department at Royal Holloway University of London where she also contributed to BA and MMus courses at the Music Department.  She is currently the Administrator and Archivist of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology.

Dr Montero-Diaz has a broad range of experience in interdisciplinary research on ethnomusicology, popular music, anthropology, music education, technology and media, as well as sound engineering. Her main areas of interest are: Latin America; popular music hybridity; music and conflict; music and class, in particular the elites; whiteness; music and social reconciliation; youth identity; music and protest.

Dr Montero-Diaz is developing a new research project on the temporary student diaspora of young upper class Limeños in London in order to observe if, when and how exactly their music habits and social relationships change in comparison to the ones they perform and maintain in Lima. This study will analyse whether diasporic music experiences contribute to breaking patterns of social segregation, taste and self-identity.

Selected Publications

  • Montero Diaz F. 2018. Turning Things Around? From White Fusion Stars with Andean Flavour ro Andean Fusion Stars with White Appeal. Popular Music, vol. 37(3), 424-443. doi> full text>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2018. La música fusión, ¿verdadera inclusión? Una exploración de la escena fusión en Lima. Anthropologica, vol. 36(40), 97-120. doi> link> full text>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2018. Review of Remixing Reggaetón: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico by Petra R. Rivera-Rideau. Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 50(1), 262-264. doi> link>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2017. Montero Diaz on Shaw, 'Song and Social Change in Latin America'. Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-Net Music). link>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2017. Review of A Latin American Music Reader: Views from the South, by Javier León and Helena Simonett. Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 49, W3-W5. link>

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Journal Articles

  • Montero Diaz F. 2018. Turning Things Around? From White Fusion Stars with Andean Flavour ro Andean Fusion Stars with White Appeal. Popular Music, vol. 37(3), 424-443. doi> full text>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2018. La música fusión, ¿verdadera inclusión? Una exploración de la escena fusión en Lima. Anthropologica, vol. 36(40), 97-120. doi> link> full text>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2018. Review of Remixing Reggaetón: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico by Petra R. Rivera-Rideau. Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 50(1), 262-264. doi> link>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2017. Montero Diaz on Shaw, 'Song and Social Change in Latin America'. Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-Net Music). link>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2017. Review of A Latin American Music Reader: Views from the South, by Javier León and Helena Simonett. Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 49, W3-W5. link>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2016. Singing the war: reconfiguring white upper-class identity through fusion music in post-war Lima. Ethnomusicology Forum, vol. 25(2), 191-209. doi> link> full text>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2014. Review of online journal “El Oído Pensante”. Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. Volume 46((2014)), 258-259. doi> link> full text>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2013. Review of Intimate Distance: Andean Music in Japan, by Michelle Bigenho. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. Volume 19(2), 425-426. doi> link> full text>
  • Montero Diaz F. 2009. Danza de Tijeras through Modernity and Migration. Musiké. International Journal of Ethnomusicological Studies, vol. 5/6 Sacred Singing and Musical Spirituality(III (1)), 1-18. link>

Chapters

  • Montero Diaz F. 2017. YouTubing the "Other": Lima's Upper Classes and Andean Imaginaries. In Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media. Hilder TR, Stobart H, Tan SE (Eds.). (8 vols.). United Kingdom: University of Rochester Press. link>

Other

  • Montero Diaz F. Sound Transformations: Michael Ormiston (Documentary 2008). Ethnographic Filmlink>

Dr Fiorella Montero-Diaz teaches at the Music, Music Technology and Media, Communications and Culture (MCC) departments; she also contributes to the
Humanities MRes.

Dr Montero-Diaz teaches on/convenes the following undergraduate modules:

  • Year 1: Twentieth-Century Musics (with Prof. Alastair Williams) and World Musics
  • Year 2: Music in the Community
  • Year 3: Music Ethnographic Methods – Ethnomusicology Portfolio and Dissertation (Music)


Fiorella is delighted to discuss postgraduate research projects relating to her research and teaching interests:

• Ethnomusicology/ Popular Music Studies

• History and Methods of Ethnomusicology – online ethnography

• Latin American Music and Culture

• Music, Media and Technology

• Music in Race, Class and Ethnicity

• Identity formation through musicking

• Music as a technology for conflict transformation

Most recent conference presentations:

2016

  • June: “Ethnomusicology of the hegemonic: Methodological dilemmas”. Researching Music: Interviewing, Ethnography, and Oral History. Institute of Musical Research, the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, and the UK & Ireland branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Senate House, University of London, London.
  • May: “Marginal like you. Lima upper class youth embracing marginality for social inclusion and participation”. LASA at 50. Latin American Studies Association. New York, USA.
  • April: “Constructing the White Cholo. Racial Sincerity or Colour-Blindness?” Building Bridges: Repositioning Latin American Studies. Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS). University of Liverpool, Liverpool.

2015

  • “An inclusive ideal in a delusional box? Marca Perú’s impact on young white upper class identity in Lima”. Branding Latin America. University of Cambridge.
  • “Elite social protest? Lima’s white upper classes subverting their own hegemony through music”. Research clusters ‘Popular Music and Popular Culture’ and ‘Power, Discourse and Society’ Three day Symposium: Songs of Social Protest. University of Limerick, Ireland.
  • “Lima elite subversions? Music as a post-war technology of self-transformation”. Centre for Anthropological Research (CfAR) Conference: Transnational Cultures of Struggle: Song, Art and Popular Movements. University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

2014               

  • “Posh converts: Transcending exclusivity to find the new young upper class self in Lima fusion music”. Finnish Youth Research Society and Network: Holy Crap! Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures. Helsinki, Finland.
  •  “Beyond historical antagonisms: Lima's white upper classes challenging their own whiteness and privilege through music”. Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) 2014 Conference. Birbeck University of London.
  • “Fusion as inclusion: A Lima Upper Class Delusion?”Americas Research Group Conference: Divergences and Transformations in the Americas: exploring the reconfiguration of a region. Newcastle University.

2013

  • “Singing a Change: Rephrasing White Upper Class Identity through Fusion Music in Post-war Lima.” Musical and Other Cultural Responses to Political Violence in Latin America. The University of Manchester.
  • “Heralding reconciliation? Peruvian intercultural fusion music in the aftermath of war.” Rebuilding national imaginaries, reasserting torn social fabrics: Reactions to violence and disappearance in Latin America. Durham University.
  • “YouTube me: Lima’s fusion musicians contesting essentialist imaginaries of Andean indigeneity.”British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) and ICTM-Ireland Annual Conference: Ethnomusicology in the Digital Age. Queen’s University Belfast.