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Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum

Senate House, University of London, Friday March 2nd, 2007


We are delighted to announce the launch of the Middle East and Central
Asia Music Forum, the first meeting of which will take place on Friday
March 2nd 2007 at Senate House, University of London. Under the auspices
of the Institute of Musical Research, this twice-yearly research forum
will provide an opportunity for†those working on the musics of Central
Asia and the Middle East (including†North Africa)†to meet and discuss
their current research.

The event is open to researchers, students and anyone interested in the
music and culture of the region. In the spirit of fostering dialogue†and
interdiscplinarity, 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.). Future meetings may be 'themed'.

The programme for the first meeting is as follows:

Friday March 2nd, 2007
University of London, Senate House (Room N336)

9.45am - Welcome

Session 1
10†- 11.45am

Rachel Beckles Willson (Royal Holloway, University of London)
From West to East, and Back Again: Musical Gifts of Israel-Palestine.

Ruth Davis (University of Cambridge)
Portraying the East in Mandatory Palestine: Jewish Nationalism and
'Oriental Music'.

11.45am - 12.15pm - Tea/Coffee

Session 2
12.15 - 1pm

John Morgan O'Connell (Cardiff University)
Peace and War: Context and Strategy in Kurdish Music

1 - 2.30pm - Lunch

Session 3
2.30 - 4.15pm

Rachel Harris (SOAS)
The Global Mix in Small-Town Xinjiang.

John Baily (Goldsmiths', University of London)
The Circulation of Music Between Afghanistan and the Afghan Diaspora

4.15 - 5.15pm Tea/Coffee and final discussion session

5.30 - 6.30pm - Concert

All welcome.

Advance booking is requested via Valerie James at; there
will be a nominal charge†of £5†to include tea and coffee. Attendance for
students is free.

Anyone interested in presenting a paper at a future meeting†(or if you
would like to to suggest a theme for a future forum) should contact Dr
Laudan Nooshin ( The second forum will held be in
late October 2007.
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