The forum will be followed by an evening concert (19:00 start) of music by women composers from Iran. There is a separate sign up form for the concert - please see below.
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 Professor Laudan Nooshin from City, University of London and Professor Rachel Harris from SOAS, University of London.
The Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum now has a JISCmail list – please sign up to receive information on future events (NB the list will only be used for this purpose).
Here you can view and download the schedule, book of abstracts and presenter biographies.
Session 1, 13:00 - 14:15
Chair: Peter McMurray (University of Cambridge)
- Rhys Thomas Sparey (King’s College London). ‘#IAMHUSSEINI: Television, Mourning, and Poetic Recitation in Iraq’.
- Reza Masoudi Nejad (SOAS) ‘The Urban Ritual: Ritual and Counter-Ritual during Muharram in Mumbai’.
Break (15 mins)
Session 2, 14:30 - 16:15
Chair: Martin Stokes (King's College, London)
- Ali Mousavi (Aalto University, Finland). ‘Beautiful Rotten Tehran: A Multi Sensory Artistic Research On Contemporary Urban Design in Tehran (Pardis Phase 11)’.
- Rashel Pakbaz (University of Cambridge). ‘Modes of Resistance in Martyrs' Hymns of the Assyrian Liturgy’.
- Vanessa Paloma Elbaz (University of Cambridge). ‘Perception, Carnality and Corporeality:
The Geontopower of Sonic Phenomenology in the North Africa - Latin America Corridor’.
Break (30 mins) with tea and coffee provided
Final session, 16:45 - 18:00
Chair: Yara Salahiddeen (University of Oxford)
- Dunya Habash (University of Cambridge) ‘From Maqām to Makam: In Search of Syria’s Post-Revolution Cultural Imaginary in Turkey’.
- Saman Samadi (University of Cambridge). ‘Persian Modal-Rhizomatic Composition’.
Concert in the Performance Space (Lower Ground Floor, College Building), 19:00 - 20:30
- ‘Among Streets, Windows and Times’.
- 97 Ensemble present a programme of new music, poetry and improvisation, centred around the work of female Iranian composers, and including the premiere of Golfam Khayam's Among Streets, Windows and Times, specially commissioned as part of the Sonic Tehran Project.
- Please sign up for the concert here.
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