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Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum




Location: Room AG09, College Building

'Soundspaces of the Middle East and Central Asia: Exploring the Intersection of Sound Studies and Ethnomusicology in the Middle East and Central Asia'

In conjunction with the Institute of Musical Research



9.45am Welcome

Session 1, 9.50am - 11.30am

Chair: Byron Dueck (Open University)

Meri Kytö(University of Tampere, Finland): 'Negotiating the Acoustic Community: A sonic ethnography of a housing cooperative in Istanbul’

Ruard Absaroka (SOAS) ‘Sounding Islam in Chinese Central Asia: Methodologies and perspectives' and Rachel Harris (SOAS): 'Islamic Extremism, Song and Dance, and Sonic Territoriality: Contesting the Xinjiang Soundscape'

11.30-11.50 Tea/Coffee

Session 2, 11.50 - 1.15pm

Chair: Hettie Malcomson (University of Southampton)

Rachel Beckles Willson (Royal Holloway, University London) ‘“Isolation wrapped in layers of silence”: When an oud is a place that narrates'.

Followed by a screening of the film Telling Strings (Anne-Marie Heller, Switzerland, 2007).

Lunch (not provided)

Session 3, 2.15pm - 3.45pm

Roundtable: Exploring the Intersection of Sound Studies and Ethnomusicology in the Middle East and Central Asia: Opportunities and Challenges

Chair: Katherine Butler Schofield (King’s College London)

Aaron Einbond (City University London)

Jason Stanyek (University of Oxford)

Elizabeth Tolbert (Johns Hopkins University)

Abigail Wood (University of Haifa)

3.45-4.15pm Tea/Coffee

Session 4, 4.15-6.15pm

Chair: Chloe Alaghband-Zadeh (University of Cambridge)

Abigail Wood (University of Haifa): 'The Cantor and the Muezzin’s Duet at the Western Wall: contesting sound spaces on the frayed seams of the Israel-Palestine conflict'

Stefan Williamson Fa (UCL): ‘Loudspeakers and Chains: public ritual and Shi’i soundscapes in Northeastern Anatolia’

Laudan Nooshin (City University London) ‘Sounding the City: Tehran’s Contemporary Soundscapes’ and Mohsen Shahrnazdar (Tehran Soundscapes Project): 'Tehran Soundscapes Project’ (presented by Laudan Nooshin)

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 Dr Laudan Nooshin, City University London ( and Dr Rachel Harris, SOAS (

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When and where

9.30am - 6.00pmFriday 13th May 2016

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK