1. Events
  2. 2017
  3. November
  4. Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum




Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum




Location: Room G52 (Main Building) SOAS, University of London (room TBC)

In conjunction with the Institute of Musical Research.

Speakers will include: Kerstin Klenke (Frankfurt),  Hazem Jamjoum (NYU), Clara Wenz (SOAS, University of London), Lisa-Maria Brusius (King’s College London), Ignacio Agrimbau (SOAS, University of London), Zaina Shihabi (Liverpool) and Stephen Wilford (City, University of London).

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


9.45am Welcome

9.50am - 11.10am Session 1

Sonifying National Independence Ideology: The Politics of Popular Music in Karimov’s Uzbekistan (Kerstin Klenke, Goethe University Frankfurt)
The Performance of the Social Imaginary in Bābak Boubān’s Setarvan (Ignacio Agrimbau, SOAS)

11.10am - 11.30am Tea/Coffee

11.30am - 12.50pm Session 2

The Ashiq Bard in Iran and Azerbaijan: A Comparative Look at Transmission and Change (Anna Oldfield, Coastal Carolina University)
Mumbling the Qur’an: Pious incorporation and vocal reluctance (Lisa-Maria Brusius, KCL)

Lunch (not provided)

2.10pm - 3.20pm Session 3

The Musical Nahda: Reckonings with Musical Modernity across the Mediterranean
(Hazem Jamjoum, NYU)
A Brief History and Examination of 20th Century Arab Women Composers (Zaina Shihabi, Liverpool)

3.20pm-3.50pm Tea/Coffee

3.50pm - 5.10pm Session 4

History on Rewind: Traveling with an Arab-Jewish Baidaphon Record (Clara Wenz, SOAS)
“The Algerian woman is very strong”: music and gender in Algerian London (Stephen Wilford, City)

5.30pm -  6.30pm Live music


Middle East and Central Asian Music Forum Abstracts November 2017 (pdf)

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 (

Share this event

When and where

9.30am - 5.30pmFriday 10th November 2017

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

Booking Form

About you

Please give details as you would wish to see them on a badge or delegate list.

Provide full name rather than an initial

Must be valid email address