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MENA Mondays. Faculty Forum. Shayna Silverstein, Performance Studies

When: Monday, October 20, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: University Hall, Hagstrum Room, 201, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: free

Contact: Lexy Gore   (847) 467-5309

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Academic


Title of Talk: "Creative Flow: Music, Genre and Mobility in the Syrian Revolutionary Public Sphere"

About the Talk: From the unthinkability of revolting against the Assad regime to the unprecedented refugee crisis, recent Syrian experience is that of opening up and moving past real and imagined borders. This talk presents popular music as a site for new political subjectivities, engagement, and means for critical debate of these experiences. Musical case studies highlight flow across political, social, and aesthetic borders and the constitution of a Syrian revolutionary public sphere.

About the Speaker: Shayna Silverstein is an assistant professor in Performance Studies at Northwestern. Broadly interested in the sociality of sound and movement, her research relates popular dance music (dabke) to dynamics of gender, class, ethnicity, religion, and nation in contemporary Syria.

Lunch will be provided.

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