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The South Asian Performing Arts Section brings together scholars working in the musical and other performing art traditions of South Asia and its Diaspora (broadly conceived), or who have an interest in these areas. Our group will provide an opportunity for contact and communication between new and established scholars in our field. Members will also work to organize paper sessions, round tables, and performances at SEM conferences.

Section By-laws 

Outgoing Co-Chair
Sonia Gaind-Krishnan
Department of Music
New York University
Email: sonia.gaind@nyu.edu


Current Co-Chair
Justin Scarimbolo
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts
Symbiosis International University
Pune, India
Email: justinscarimbolo@hotmail.com


Incoming Co-Chair
Niko Higgins
Music Program
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville NY 10708

Email: nhiggins@sarahlawrence.edu

The Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy Prize Description


Conference on the Music of South, Central, and West Asia

Harvard University, March 4-6, 2016
Center for Government and International Studies building, South
1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

This conference is a response to rapidly expanding interests in the musical traditions of South Asia within the Society for Ethnomusicology and a recognition that South Asia has always been part of a larger historical network involving Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. As the richness of scholarship on the music of these regions deepens, it becomes increasingly useful to keep abreast of new scholarship in the larger geographical area. This conference invites scholars working on the performing arts of all of these regions to come together for a weekend of dialogue and groundwork for future collaborations. We envision this conference to be a catalyst for future meetings and perhaps the foundation for a new independent scholarly organization. Rather than reinforcing our ties to particular geographic areas, we hope to broaden our knowledge and interests, attract scholars who may otherwise feel excluded, and encourage a dialogue that builds on shared histories across South, Central and West Asia. 

Cosponsored with the Department of Music, the Department of South Asian Studies, the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Islam in Asia Series, the Asia Center, and the Provostial Fund for Arts and Humanities.

Conference Program

Keynote Lecture: “
Working with Musics of Three Adjacent Regions”
Stephen Blum, CUNY Graduate Center

Keynote Lecture Handout

Response to Blum
Richard K. Wolf, Harvard University

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