Music, Technology and Digital Cultures in the MENA conference – City, University of London – Tuesday 23rd May 2017

It’s now only two weeks until our one-day conference at City, University of London. We are looking forward to welcoming a fantastic array of scholars, musicians, filmmakers and industry representatives to speak on a wide range of MENA-related topics, both historical and contemporary.

Registration is free and full details of the conference can be found on our event’s page:

9.00am-9.30am Registration and Welcome
9.30am-11.00am Histories and Heritages
Chair: Gabrielle Messeder (City, University of London)
How digital technologies and cultures facilitated the musical revival of Aboul Kacem Chebbi’s poem “The Will to Live” from Tunisia to Morocco, Lebanon, and beyond
Dr Amina Boubia (SciencesPo Paris’ Centre for International Studies)
Sheikh Imam: the cassette and oppositional identity in 1970s Egypt
Sophia Frankford (University of Oxford)
From Golha to Golistan: Archiving and preservation of 20th Century Persian performing arts
Jane Lewisohn (SOAS, University of London)
11.00am-11.20am Tea and Coffee
11.20am-1.00pm Film Screening and Discussion
Chair: TBC
Her Bijî Granî (Long Live Granî)
George Murer (City University of New York)
1.00pm-2.00pm Lunch (not provided)
2.00pm-3.30pm Technologies, Identities and Soundscapes
Chair: Dr Rachel Harris (SOAS, University of London)
Mathematics of Separation: Identities outside the orthodox framework of power and resistance in Iran through digital music
Amin Hashemi(SOAS, University of London)
Music encoding initiative and musical heritage of the oral tradition of Maghreb and Mashriq
Dr Sylvaine Leblond Martin (University of Rennes 2 / Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord)
Aesthetics of Technology: sonic transformations in the Palestinian Arab wedding
Jiryis Murkus Ballan, Aghsan Khalilih and Abigail Wood (University of Haifa)
3.30pm-3.50pm Tea and Coffee
3.50pm-5.00pm Scenes, Festivals and Industries
Chair: Sam Mackay (City, University of London)
Defining ‘Success’ in the Era of Social Media: The case of the Moroccan music scene
Cristina Moreno Almeida (King’s College London) and Omar Souhaili aka Dizzy DROS
Nathan Comer: Masåfåt Festival (London and Cairo)
In discussion with Sam Mackay (City, University of London)

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