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: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Thursday 8:30 am - 10:30 am

1A: Penrose 1 - Live Video Streaming

Sponsored by the Society for Arab Music Research

Besides Resistance: Affects and Politics of Youth Music and Listening in the Arab Mediterranean Chair: Kendra Salois, American University

  • 8:30 Listening Through and Against Ma’luf in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia Rachel Colwell, University of California, Berkeley

  • 9:00 Egyptian DIY Music as Challenge to Arab “Decline” Darci Sprengel, University of California, Los Angeles

  • 9:30 Performing Just Brown Enough Chris Nickell, New York University

  • 10:00 Discussant Kendra Salois, American University

1C: Colorado Ballroom I & J

  • 9:00 Dissenting Voices in China’s Muslim Borderlands: From Nation to Nasheed Rachel Harris, School of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of London

1D: Independence

  • 10:00 “I Put My Hand in the Hunters’ Qur’an”: Song, Islam, and Hunting in Contemporary Côte d’Ivoire Joseph Hellweg, Florida State University

1E: Colorado Ballroom A

  • 9:00 Quandaries of Style: Individuality, Collectivity, and Egyptian Violinists Lillie Gordon, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

1G: Colorado Ballroom C

  • 10:00 Syrian Rappers and Musical Activism in War-Torn Syria Guilnard Moufarrej, United States Naval Academy

Thursday 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

2D: Independence

  • 11:45 Gending Tri Sandhya: Politics and Gender Wayang Music in a Balinese “Call to Prayer” Meghan Hynson, Duquesne University

2E: Colorado Ballroom A

  • 10:45 Listening to the Fakir’s Voice: Vernacular History Between the Lines in Colonial Singapore Julia Byl, University of Alberta

2I: Colorado Ballroom G

  • 10:45 Synchronization in the Synagogue Rosa Abrahams, Ursinus College

2K: Spruce

  • 10:45 (Workshop) Performing the Radif: The Case of Dastgah-e Mahur Farzad Amoozegar, University of California, Los Angeles

Thursday 1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

3G: Colorado Ballroom C

  • 2:45 Paris Sha’bī: Memory and Identity in the Algerian Diaspora Christopher Orr, Florida State University

Thursday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

4D: Independence

  • 4:30 al-Batin, al-Wali, al-Zahir: Regimes of Silence and Voicing in Muslim Toronto Alia O’Brien, University of Toronto

  • 5:00 The Nu-Tarab Soundscape: Arab-Islamic Diasporas and Counter-Cultural Spaces in Canada Jillian Fulton, York University

Thursday 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

  • Ethno Nights at the Mercury Cafe Music and Dance of Asia and the Middle East