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: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Thursday 8:00 am - 10:00 am

1H: Alvarado G

Iran: Politics, National Identity, and Gender Chair: Sonia T. Seeman, University of Texas at Austin

  • 8:00 Ritual, Martyrdom, and Shia-Iranian Nationalism in the Islamic Republic of Iran Hamidreza Salehyar, University of Toronto
  • 8:30 “O Iran, O Bejeweled Land”: “Ey Iran,” the Unofficial Anthem for Iranians’ Unity and Patriotism Nasim Ahmadian, University of Alberta
  • 9:00 Singing Resistance through Subversion: Feminine Voices Renegotiating Iran’s Public Sphere Payam Yousefi, Harvard University
  • 9:30 No One Wants to Listen to Us: The Challenge of Female Iranian Musicians Performing Western Classical Music Golriz Shayani, University of Northern Colorado

1I: Potters

  • 8:30 Now Sing It with “Chutzpah”: Glocalized Tel Avivi Music, YouTube, and State-Sponsored Queer Identity Richard Smith, University of Michigan

Thursday 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

2E: Alvarado F

Jewish music in the North American diaspora Chair: Mark Slobin, Wesleyan University

  • 10:45 This is what Migration Sounds Like: Songs of Ottoman Jewish Cultural Relationships, 1920- 1989 Simone Salmon, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 11:15 Is the Repertoire of Sammy Musiker the Real Jewish Jazz?: Expressions of Jewish American Identity in the mid-20th century Clara Byom, Independent Scholar, Ettrick, WI
  • 11:45 Challah and Roses: Jewish Music in Toronto’s Kensington Market Jardena Gertler-Jaffe, University of Toronto

2J: Franciscan

Music and Refugee Children Chair: Nicol Hammond, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • 10:45 Kids on the Run: Musicultural Engagement in Sweden’s Programs for Newly Arrived and Unaccompanied Children from Syria and Afghanistan Carrie Danielson, Florida State University
  • 11:15 Little Buskers of Istanbul: The Ethico-political Soundscape of Children’s Street Labor Nil Basdurak, University of Toronto
  • 11:45 Music Therapy Intervention among Traumatized Syrian Refugee Children Guilnard Moufarrej, United States Naval Academy

Thursday 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

North Atrium

Pop-Up Concert: Issa Noor Middle Eastern and Indian inspired music

Thursay 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Alvarado G

Anatolian Ecumene SIG