SOAS University of London

Centre of World Christianity

Sense and Sadness - Syriac chant in Aleppo

Dr Tala Jarpour. Visiting Fellow, Kings College, London

Date: 6 December 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 6 December 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 116

Type of Event: Lecture

Dr. Jarjour will talk about her book 'Sense and Sadness. Syriac chant in Aleppo' which focuses on the liturgical traditions of the Urfalli community in Aleppo, where she spent much time conducting field work. Her book, which has been published by Oxford University Press, combines insights from musicology and ethnomusicology, sound and religious studies, anthropology and history, East Christian and Middle Eastern studies to create a real narrative of the role and meaning of liturgical chant amongst a community that has survived dislocation from their homeland and more recently the turmoil of the civil war in Aleppo.

Dr. Jarjour was a Gates Scholar at Cambridge, before going to the USA where she was Visiting Fellow at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She is now Visiting Fellow at Kings College, London.

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