The Symposium on
Cultural Economy brought together musicians, academics and
undergraduates at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de
Puebla-CRS to explore the influence of Norteño music on the
identity and economy of the Tehuacán region of Puebla. Norteño music is an often derided genre of Mexican music;
although its historical significance, economic impact, and international popularity are undeniable.
The conference featured three events. First, local musicians presented a concert of traditional and contemporary Norteño music. Second, outstanding undergraduates presented original research papers that focused on identity and economic activity within Norteño music. Third, the author and Universidad de Guanajuato professor Dr. Gabriel Medrano de Luna presented a lecture and workshop on methods for cultural research projects.