NIAS Seminar Series 'The Art Music of Iraq as a Unifying Genre'

18 June 2009 from 16:00 to 16:00 hrs
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Seminar by Scheherazade Hassan on the role of music in the Iraqi national identity.

Scheherazade Hassan is Associate member of the Centre de Recherche en Ethnomusicologie, Paris. She is currently NIAS Fellow.


Hassan will show that more than any other musical-vocal genres that characterize Iraq; this classical genre has absorbed the musical expressions inherent to Iraq's different ethnic and social groups, and moulded them into its existing structure.
>The religious parameters of the classical musical genre are clear when it comes to its performers, audiences and numerous performances in the urban space. In all its multiple aspects, this music has been a national cultural marker throughout the 20th century; a metaphor of Iraqi society; a unifying symbol of social cohesiveness; and a representation of the historical relations with other Islamic cultures.
>The NIAS Seminar series is a sequence of lectures organised each academic year by the Rector of the Institute. These seminars are meant to appeal to interested parties from a wide range of backgrounds. It is hoped that the series will encourage closer contact within the Dutch academic world. The lectures are followed by an open discussion.
>Canges in the programme may occur, so please let us know if you wish to attend. <p>