SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum


Date: 10 November 2020Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 11 November 2020Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Seminar

Nov 10 (15:00—18:00 GMT)
Session 1: Revivals and Reconfigurations

15:00 - Maria Rijo (University of Copenhagen)
Reconfiguring Myths, Reconfiguring Arab Geography: Live Soundtracks in the Post-Digital Age.

15:30 - Sevan Habib (Kings College London)
Armenian song revival in Lebanon in the 21st century: Armenian Choirs as Sites of Preservation, Traditionalisation, and Authenticity.

Session 2: Ethnographic Film

16.30 - Stefan Fa (University of Birmingham)
Gitara: Navigating Perceptions and Expectations in the Azerbaijani Guitar Scene

17:00 - Mukaddas Mijit
The Uyghur Meshrep Project: Filming, editing and negotiating the right angle to represent a community

17.30 – Saodat Ismailova
Working with the Aga Khan Music Programme: Film as a tool for preservation and dissemination of musical heritage. 

Nov 11 (17:00-20:30)
Session 3: Transnational Syria

17:00 - Jonathan Shannon (NYU Abu Dhabi)
Embodying Exile: Syrian Migrants and the Negotiation of Assimilation in Berlin

17.45 - Clara Wenz in conversation with Samer Saem Eldahr (Hello Psychaleppo)
Electro-Tarab and the Role of Sampling in Times of Displacement

19:00 - Concert
Hello Psychaleppo (Syria)
Syrian soundscapes, samples, and digital dialogues with Electro-Tarab pioneer Hello Psychaleppo.

The Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum has been running since 2007 and is open to researchers, students and anyone interested in the music and culture of the region. In the spirit of fostering dialogue and interdisciplinarity, we hope that the issues discussed at the forum will be of interest to a broad audience, including musicologists, ethnomusicologists and other researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences. In addition, we welcome those working on other aspects of Middle Eastern and Central Asian culture broadly speaking (dance, visual arts, media, film, literature, etc.)

The Forum is convened by Laudan Nooshin, City, University of London, and Rachel Harris, SOAS, University of London.


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