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Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum




Location: Room AG09, College Building.

In conjunction with the Institute of Musical Research.

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

The day will be followed by a concert at 6.30pm by Shirley Smart and Melange as part of the City, University of London, Summer Sounds Festival


Click here to download a copy of the abstracts.

9.30am - Registration 

9.45am  - Welcome 

10am - 11.30am - Session 1

Lucille Lisack (Centre Georg Simmel, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris): ‘Politics of “Contemporary Music” in Uzbekistan: Reflecting International Standards and Composing a Musical Identity’

Tanya Merchant (University of California, Santa Cruz): ‘Prestige and Sustainability in the Uzbek State Conservatory's Pedagogy of Traditional Music’

11.30am –12pm Tea/Coffee

12pm -12.45pm - Session 2

Polina Dessiatnichenko (University of Toronto): ‘Restoring and Inventing Fret Positions on the Tar in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan’

12.45pm - 2pm - Lunch (not provided)

2pm -3.30pm - Session 3

Katherine Freeze (Brown University): ‘The Making of “Pamiri Music” in Tajik Badakhshan’

Richard K. Wolf (Harvard University): ‘Impression and Presence in Badakshan and Beyond’

Tea/Coffee - 3.3pm 0-4pm

4pm -5.30pm - Session 4

Gabrielle Messeder (City, University of London): ‘“Obrigada, Shukran”: Brazilian Musical Encounters in Lebanon’

Louis Brehony (King’s College, London): ‘Arab Idols and the Intifada’

6.30pm Concert by Shirley Smart and Melange as part of the City University Summer Sounds Music Festival. Please use the link to book a place at this concert separately.

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 (

If you have any queries in the meantime please contact Laudan Nooshin.

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9.00am - 5.00pmThursday 17th May 2018

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

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