Title: Music, Technology, and Digital Cultures in the Middle East and North Africa

Location: Department of Music, City, University of London

Date: 9.30am - 5.30pm, Tuesday 23rd May, 2017


Programme details

Please visit the event page on the City University website for full details and registration.

Speakers: Dr Amina Boubia (SciencesPo Paris’ Centre for International Studies), Nathan Comer (Masåfåt Festival, London and Cairo), Sophia Frankford (University of Oxford), Amin Hashemi (SOAS, University of London), Sylvaine Leblond Martin (University of Rennes 2), Jane Lewisohn (SOAS, University of London), Jiryis Murkus Ballan, Aghsan Khalilih and Abigail Wood (University of Haifa), Cristina Moreno Almeida (King’s College London), Omar Souhaili aka Dizzy DROS, George Murer (City University of New York)

This one-day conference seeks to explore the ways in which music, technology and digital cultures form part of everyday musical practices for performers, composers and listeners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and throughout MENA diasporic networks. The event will bring together scholars, performers, filmmakers and events organisers who share an interest in both historical and contemporary musical cultures in the MENA region. Our definition of technology is intentionally broad, and encompasses compositional, instrumental, archival and communicative digital technologies (the Internet, social media, etc.). The conference aims open up dialogue about the relationships between music, technologies and digital cultures in the contemporary MENA region.

The conference forms part of the 'Music and Digital Cultures in the Middle East and North Africa' project, and is hosted by the Department of Music at City, University of London, with support from the Institute of Musical Research through their Early Career Fellowship scheme. Further information about the project can be found on our blog and Twitter.

A number of small travel and accommodation bursaries (to a maximum of £60), provided through financial support from the Institute of Musical Research, will be available for postgraduate students, independent scholars and early career researchers (within three years of completing their PhD). If you are interested in applying for one of these bursaries, please email stephen.wilford.1@city.ac.uk with a short statement explaining your rationale for applying for funding.


Call for Papers

 

Music, Technology and Digital Cultures in the Middle East and North Africa

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Department of Music – City, University of London

Conference supported by the Institute of Musical Research

The proliferation of Internet access and communication technologies throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in recent years has radically altered daily life and musical practices across the region. Recent scholarship on the MENA has frequently focussed upon narratives of political resistance, and particularly the relationship between the Internet and music in specific political protests, such as the so-called ‘Arab Spring’. Such depictions risk failing to address the role of technologies in fundamentally shaping other every day aspects of musical composition, performance, distribution, circulation and consumption.

This event seeks to explore the ways in which music, technology and digital cultures in the MENA region and throughout MENA diasporic networks form part of daily musical life for performers, composers and listeners, as well as playing an important role in political actions. We invite proposals from scholars, composers, performers and filmmakers working across multiple disciplines who share an interest in contemporary musical cultures in the MENA region. Our definition of technology is intentionally broad, and encompasses compositional, instrumental and communicative digital technologies (the Internet, social media, etc.). We encourage submissions that will serve to open up dialogue about the relationships between music, technology and digital culture in the contemporary MENA region.

This one-day conference forms part of the Music and Digital Cultures in the Middle East and North Africa project, and is hosted by the Department of Music at City, University of London, with support from the Institute of Musical Research through their Early Career Fellowship scheme. A number of small travel and accommodation bursaries (to a maximum of £60), provided through financial support from the Institute of Musical Research, will be available for postgraduate students, independent scholars and early career researchers (within three years of completing their PhD).

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to Stephen Wilford (Stephen.wilford.1@city.ac.uk), and should contain the following:

  • Name, email and institutional affiliation
  • Abstract (maximum 300 words)
  • Overview of any technical requirements (particularly for performances or film screenings)
  • Details of an intention to apply for a travel or accommodation bursary, including stage of career (year of PhD or early career researcher) and a short supporting statement explaining your rationale for applying for funding.

Deadline: Monday 16th January 2017

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 13th February 2017.