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Call for Papers: Conference on the Music of South, Central and West Asia

Tuesday, September 29, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Studebaker
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Call for Papers:

Conference on the Music of South, Central and West Asia

Harvard University, March 4-6, 2016

CGIS South: 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (lower level),

Tsai Auditorium and Belfer Case Study room


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.

The conference will commence on Friday afternoon and end on Sunday afternoon. Professor Stephen Blum of the Graduate Center, CUNY, will provide the keynote address. Evening concerts will feature dutor- and tanbur-virtuoso Sirojiddin Juraev (Fulbright Scholar from Tajikistan), and (tentatively) Francesa Cassio, a scholar and internationally acclaimed vocalist specializing in dhrupad and Sikh traditions. 

Proposals for complete panels (three or four 30-minute papers) or individual papers on any musical topic pertinent to the region are welcome. First-time presenters are warmly encouraged to participate.

The deadline for abstracts (maximum 250 words) is December 15, 2015.  Please visit http://www.ethnomusicology.org/group/SAPA_Conf for abstract submission and registration.  The program committee will review the proposals and respond by early January.

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Participants will be responsible for their own transport and accommodations.  There are a number of bed and breakfast accommodations in Harvard Square, such as Irving House and A Friendly Inn.  These fill up fast, so please reserve soon if you plan to attend.

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Questions?  Please contact Richard Wolf rwolf@fas.harvard.edu

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