The annual SEM meeting in Bloomington 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

5E: Solarium

Ambivalence, Yearning, Stillness: Directions in Arab Music Studies Chair: Leila Tayeb, Cornell University; Discussant: Ted Swedenburg, University of Arkansas

Sponsored by the Society for Arab Music Research

  • 8:30 Yearning in Ambivalence: Independent Music Production and Nationalism in Post-Revolution Egypt Yakein Abdelmagid, University of Pennsylvania
  • 9:00 Yearning for Politics: Listening and the Dialectics of Loss Rayya El Zein, University of Pennsylvania
  • 9:30 Panic as Pleasure: Restaging the Moral Panic in Egypt Heather Jaber, University of Pennsylvania
  • 10:00 Yearning for (an) Authority: Militia Praise Songs in Post-Gaddafi Libya Leila Tayeb, Cornell University

Friday 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

6D: Sassafras

  • 11:15 A Cry for Palestine: Vocal Practice and Imaginaries of Palestinianness among Chilean Soccer Supporters of Club Deportivo Palestino Luis Achondo, Brown University

6H: Whittenberger

  • 11:45 Sounding Liminality: (Un)bridging the Arab World and Europe Ulrike C. Praeger, University of Salzburg

Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


SIG for Jewish Music


SIG for the Music of Iran and Central Asia

Friday 1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

7B: Maple

Roundtable: Academic Research and Cultural Production in Times of Political Distress Chair: Alyssa Mathias, University of California, Los Angeles

Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

8K: Maple

  • Indeterminate Sounds, Divine Signs: on the cultivation of a hopeful sensorium during difficult times in Muslim Toronto Alia H. O’Brien, University of Toronto

Friday 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Society for Arab Music Research