The annual SEM meeting in Albuquerque 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 10:45 am to 12:15 pm

6B: Fireplace

Workshop: Performing the Radif: The Case of Dastgah-e Mahur Farzad Amoozegar, University of California, Los Angeles

6D: Alvarado E

  • 11:15 Women Who Retune the Nation: The Female Voice in Contemporary Moroccan Sufi Performance Philip Murphy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Alvarado H

SIG for Jewish Music


SIG for the Music of Iran and Central Asia

Friday 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm

7J: Potters

  • 1:45 Teaching Islam in Song: Sindhi Kāfī performance on India’s Western border Brian Bond, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • 2:45 Notation, Pedagogy and Patrimony: Muslim Hereditary Musicians and Their Transcriptions in Drumming to Poetry in South and Central Asia: The Afghan, Pashtun, Sindhi and Panjabi Baj of Tabla Michael Lindsey, University of California, Santa Cruz

7K: Weavers

  • 2:45 Towards a Political Economy of Praise: A Praise/Exchange Cycle in the Sultanate of Oman Bradford Garvey, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Friday 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

8K: Weavers

Jewish Liturgical and Religious Song Chair: Liliana Carrizo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 4:00 An Opulent Silence: Cantors and Jewish Liturgical Music in Twentieth Century Argentina Lillian Wohl, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 4:30 Opportunity and Conflict: The Gentrification of Khazunes Jeremiah Lockwood, Stanford University
  • 5:00 Hasidic Songs, Sephardi Voices: Constructing Modern Religious Selves in Istanbul’s Jewish Community Joseph Alpar, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Friday 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Alvarado C

Society for Asian Music featuring a keynote by Virginia Danielson on the topic of “Listening to the Voices of Arab Women”

Friday 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Note the time change from the program to allow for members to attend the preceding keynote

Alvarado F

Society for Arab Music Research