"Euphrates Soundscapes"

Event Info

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A Musicology Colloquium Talk by Martin Stokes (King's College London):

Recent interest in music as 'atmosphere' (Reidel and Torvinen 2019) raises the question of water, and its powers of sounding and silencing. Along the Euphrates one might trace this matter from the orientalist debates about hydraulic civilisations to the waterboarding of detainees during the American and British occupation of Iraq. The talk considers water governmentality and the shaping of (memories of) a riverine musical culture, drawing on current fieldwork in southeastern Anatolia. Co-sponsored by the David A. Gardner Magic Fund.

The Musicology Program sponsors a Colloquium Series every year featuring distinguished guest scholars run by the graduate students in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.  Speakers are chosen from among graduate student nominations and may also include other scholars and special guests as available.  Regular attendance at colloquia is a responsibility of graduate students enrolled in the Musicology Program. The events are all free and open to the community. 

About the Artist:

Martin Stokes is King Edward Professor of Music at King's College London. Department Chair between 2016-2020, he is currently a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow. His work has focused on music in Turkey and Egypt, as well as exploring various historical and critical dimensions of ethnomusicological practice. A recent volume, co-edited with Rachel Harris, is Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World: Essays in Honour of Owen Wright (Routledge, 2018). He is a Fellow of the British Academy.