Veronica Doubleday Talk: Emotional Expression in Women’s Music-Making in Afghanistan

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall


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Veronica Doubleday, Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, London University, is an expert on the music of women in Afghanistan. In her colloquium, she will consider the emotional impact of songs and dance performances, looking especially at domestic and wedding music. Ms. Doubleday draws mainly on her research in the western city of Herat, where she worked with amateur and professional performers, including her principal teacher, vocalist Zainab Herawi. She also makes reference to the findings of researchers, performers, poets, and film-makers with women in other areas of the country. She will examine the themes of romantic and familial love, religious devotion, humor, protest, and celebration, with particular reference to Persian-language songs.

Ms. Doubleday is the author of the narrative ethnography Three Women of Herat (1988) and I Cried on the Mountain Top (2010), a book containing her translations of traditional Persian-language folk poetry, as well as a number of articles and book chapters.

This event is part of Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan