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8th November, 2021

Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum

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8th November, 2021
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9th November, 2021

Monday 8th November 2021, 14:00 – 18:00 (UK time)

Session 1: 14:00 – 15:30 (UK time)

Iranian female composers and sound artists panel. Speakers: Pantea, Golfam Khayyam, Sevda Khatamian talk about and play examples of their work, followed by a Q&A session.

Break: 15.30 – 16:00 (UK time)

Session 2: 16:00 – 18:00 (UK time)

Yalda Yazdani (University of Siegen). ‘Women’s Music in Marginalized Communities: An Ethnographic Study on the Role of Music in the Daily Life of Qashqai Female Singers Based in Rural and Urban Areas’.

Mohsen Mohammadi (UCLA) ‘Soft Colonialism: Transcribing Authority in the Persian Dastgāh Tradition’.

Anne Rasmussen (College of William and Mary) ‘Tarab in the Grooves ~ Reconsidering a Transitional Moment in the Arab American Arts Economy’.

Tuesday 9th November 2021, 14:00 – 18:00 (UK time)

Session 3: 14:00 – 15:00 (UK time)

Discussion Session: Is it time to move beyond the ‘Middle East’? Renaming the Forum.


Armaghan Fakhraeirad (University of Pennslyvania).

Claire Launchbury (Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL).

Kamyar Salavati (University of Tehran).

Darci Sprengel (University of Oxford).

Martin Stokes (King’s College, University of London).

Break: 15:00 – 15:15 (UK time)

Session 4: 15:15 – 16:30 (UK time)

Film screening: Gitara (2019) by Stefan Fa Williamson (followed by Q&A with the filmmaker).

Break: 16:30 – 16:45 (UK time)

Session 5: 16:45 – 18:00 (UK time)

Hamidreza Salehyar (University of Toronto). ‘Composing the “Self,” Improvising the “Sonic”: Agency in Shia Mourning Rituals in Iran’.

Jonas Otterbeck, Agha Khan University. ‘Instil the Love of the Beloved: The Creative use of Sufi Thinking by the Artist Peter Murphy’.

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