The National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico’s Department of Theatre and Dance announces the 4th Biennial History and Research Symposium: New Perspectives in Flamenco, June 9-10, 2012. Held in Carlisle Gym on the UNM campus, this event is presented in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque – the nation’s largest and most comprehensive platform for flamenco education and aesthetics. Full conference schedule and topic descriptions are attached.

This free, public event is a unique and comprehensive gathering of theorists, artist practitioners, patrons, and members of the general public, who will discuss various aspects of the art form of flamenco including its history in New Mexico and abroad. The two-day conference will conclude with a round-table discussion, which will be an opportunity for the public to engage experts and professionals in a dialogue pertaining to the art of flamenco, bridging the realm of academia with the world of practical application. Because the University of New Mexico is the sole institution from which one may receive an upper-level degree in dance with a flamenco emphasis, the opportunity to interact with leading scholars and members of the community is essential to current and future flamenco discourse.

New Perspectives in Flamenco will feature keynote speaker, Faustino Nuñez (Spain), distinguished Professor of Flamencology at the Conservatory of Music in Córdoba and Professor of Musicology at the University of Cádiz. Additional presenters include: Estela Zatania, Editor, Deflamenco Magazine, Dr. William Washabaugh, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Dr. Meira Goldberg - Instructor, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York; Instructor, Ballet Hispanico; Dr. Ninotchka Bennahum - Associate Professor, The University of California, Santa Barbara; National Director, Dance History, American Ballet Theater; Nicolasa Chávez, Curator of Contemporary Latino/Hispano/Spanish Colonial Collections, Museum of International Folk Art; Dr. Nancy Heller, Professor of Modern Art History at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA; and Erica Ocegueda, PhD Student, Arizona State University.

New Perspectives in Flamenco is free and open to the public. For more information or for a complete schedule of lectures, contact the National Institute of Flamenco at (505) 242-7600 or visit This programming is funded in part by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.