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Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum




Speakers: Cristina Moreno Almeida (LSE), Ilana Webster-Kogen (SOAS, University of London), Laudan Nooshin (City, University of London), Julian Harris (King’s College London), Baha Yetkin (Independent), John O’Connell (Cardiff University), Erum Naqvi (Pratt Institute)

Current research in the Music of the Middle East and Central Asia

In conjunction with the Institute of Musical Research.

All welcome and admission is free but advance registration is requested for planning purposes.

Room G52, Main Building, SOAS.



9.30am - Welcome

9.40am - 11.00am - Session 1

Cristina Moreno Almeida (LSE)

'“Sell everything except yourself”: Understanding the Backlash against Moroccan Rappers’ Involvement in Organised Political Campaigns'

Ilana Webster-Kogen (SOAS, University of London)

'The Horn on the Move: Music among Ethiopian and Eritrean Migrants in the Middle East'

11.00 - 11.30 - Tea/Coffee

11.30 – 12.50 - Session 2

Laudan Nooshin (City, University of London)

'Whose Liberation? Iranian Popular Music and the Fetishisation of Resistance'

Roundtable with Oxford Maqam (Tarik Bashir, Yara Abou-El-Fadl, Martin Stokes and Ahmad al-Salhi)

'New questions for Old recording Technologies: Oxford Maqam's Wax Cylinder Project'

Lunch (not provided)

2.00pm - 3.20pm - Session 3

Julian Harris (King’s College London)

'Ta'abiriya / “expressionism" in Arab Music: Composition in the Iraqi School of Oud'

Baha Yetkin (Independent)

'Ottoman-Turkish Makam-based Improvisation on the Turkish-Style Oud'

3.20-3.50pm - Tea/Coffee

3.50-5.10pm - Session 4

John O’Connell (Cardiff University) 

'Turan: Turkic Myth as Turkish Music'

Erum Naqvi (Pratt Institute)

'Gigging Classical in Iran'

5.20-6.20pm - Concert

The SOAS Middle East Ensemble

SOAS Middle Eastern Ensemble

The SOAS Middle Eastern Ensemble is a group of SOAS students and alumni specialising in classical and folk Arabic music performance. The group has performed in several SOAS festivals and events as well as a recent performance at the British Museum. The ensemble is directed by Syrian Kanun player Maya Youssef.

For more information on this event, please contact Rachel Harris:

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.)

Find out more about the Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum

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

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9.30am - 6.00pmMonday 7th November 2016

SOAS SOAS University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London WC1H 0XG United Kingdom

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