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, Friday, Saturday

Sunday 8:30 am - 10:30 pm

11G: Redbud

  • 9:00 The Audible Empire: British Intelligence, the BBC, and the Curation of Musical Content for the Aden Protectorate and Arab Gulf Territories, 1933-1939 Gabriel W. Lavin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 10:00 Marketing the “Music of Morocco”: The Evolution of the Bowles Project Hicham Chami, Columbia University

11K: Whittenberger

  • 9:00 The Azgagrakan Movement: An Embodied Form of Armenian Nationalism Armen Adamian, University of California, Los Angeles

Sunday 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

12B: State Room East

Challenges to Continuity in Turkish Alevi Practice: A Transnational Perspective Chair: Irene Markoff, York University

  • 10:45 Alevi Entangled Identity and Religious Rituals in Istanbul Seyhan Kayhan-Kiliç, Yeditepe University
  • 11:15 The Contemporary Path to Alevi Zakirhood: Reflections on the Urban-Rural Divide in Turkey and the Bulgarian Diaspora Irene Markoff, York University
  • 11:45 The Alevi Cem and Beyond: Music and Collectivity in the Pir Sultan Abdal Cultural Association, Washington DC Melanie T. Pinkert, Sandy Spring Museum

12D: Oak

  • 11:15 Material Bodies and Listening Selves: Sama’ as Healing Technology at Nizamuddin Sonia Gaind-Krishnan, New York University

12G: Walnut

  • 11:15 (Re)sounding Martyrdom: Musical Representations of Iranian Bahai Persecution Daniel Stadnicki, University of Alberta