This week’s seminar on Globalisation and Culture was taken by Prof. Clare Mar-Molinero. Firstly, she played some Spanish music and asked us the question:
Why is this kind of music now so familiar?
Stragiht away I realised her point. Though I do not speak Spanish, nor am I related to Spanish culture in any way, I am subject to it in every day life and I can identify it as Spanish. But how and why?
[The world] ‘system is marked by both the existence of separate spaces (e.g. states) and deep inter-connectiveness of the different spaces, often, precisely, through the existence of worldwide elites’ (1)
Globalisation is the reason I could identity the music as Spanish; as the result of geographical spread and modern technological communication, Spanish culture has come into contact with mine.
Moreover, this is due to two other processes-
(2) Pratt, M. L. (1991). Art of the Contact Zone. Profession, 91, 33-40.