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Performing Self in the West Bank


Sep 18 2015


11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Performing Self - Between Tradition and Modernity in the West Bank

Performing Self: Between Tradition and Modernity in the West Bank

With Sylvia Alajaji

This talk will examine the ways the music of the Palestinian soundscape has become implicated in the trappings of the identity politics of the region. When identity operates as a site of contestation, the channels through which it is mediated — such as music and dance — become sites of contestation themselves. Thus, at issue here is not whether or not these musics are implicated but rather how each genre — from folklore to hip-hop — answers for, symbolizes, and epitomizes Palestine and how this burden of representation plays out among the different strata of Palestinian society.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Co-sponsored with the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC).


Sylvia Alajaji

Franklin and Marshall College

Dr. Alajaji is an Associate Professor and Chair of Music at Franklin & Marshall College. She received her PhD in Musicology from University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. She specializes in the music of the Middle East and is particularly interested in the intersections of music, popular culture, and…...

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