The annual SEM meeting in Denver is coming up and there are a number of sessions on the latest preliminary program related to Arab music, Islamic traditions, and the Middle East. Here are some to keep an eye out for. (Check back for updates and email Christopher Witulski with any additions or corrections.)

Listings for other days: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Friday 8:30 am - 10:30 am

5D: Colorado Ballrooms I & J

  • 10:00 The Radif as Musical Syntax: A Case Study on the Revival of the Qanun in Persian Music Behzad Namazi, Ohio University

Friday 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

6A: Colorado Ballroom E - Live Video Streaming

President’s Roundtable, Sponsored by the SEM Board

10:45 Engaged Activism among Ethnomusicologists Responding to the Contemporary Dynamic of Migrants and Refugees Chair: Anne K. Rasmussen, College of William and Mary

  • Annemette Kirkegaard, University of Copenhagen; Cathy Ragland, University of North Texas; Marcia Osteshewski, Cape Breton University; Oliver Shao, Indiana University Bloomington; Imad Al Taha, Iraqi Musician, Utica, New York

Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Colorado Ballroom B

SIG for Jewish Music

Colorado Ballroom C

SIG for the Music of Iran and Central Asia

Friday 1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

7H: Colorado Ballroom D

  • 2:45 “Intro to Shamstep”: The Frictions and Aspirations of Alternative Arabic Music Liza Munk, University of California, Santa Barbara

Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

8I: Colorado Ballroom G

  • 5:00 “Resistance is Life”: Guerrilla Music in Kurdish Istanbul Jonathan S Withers, Salem State University

8J: Colorado Ballroom H

  • 4:00 Development as Spectacle: The Afghanistan National Youth Orchestra Comes to America Tanya Kalmanovitch, The New School

  • 4:30 “Open the Doors”: Songs of Child Welfare in Tunisia Alan Karass, New England Conservatory

Friday 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Colorado Ballroom B

Society for Arab Music Research