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Conference on the Music of South, Central and West Asia
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CGIS South: 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (lower level) Tsai Auditorium and Belfer Case Study room The conference will run from Friday afternoon, March 4th, to Sunday afternoon, March 6th, and will include panels and concerts.

3/4/2016 to 3/6/2016
When: 3/4/2016
Where: Center for Government and International Studies Building
CGIS South
1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, Massachusetts  02138
United States

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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 the musical traditions of South Asia within the Society for Ethnomusicology and the 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 region.  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 such 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 and first-time presenters are warmly encouraged to participate.


Proposals (maximum 250 words) should be submitted to Richard Wolf <rwolf@fas.harvard.edu> by December 15, 2015.

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