St John's College
Ethnomusicology; anthropology; the Middle East; migration, forced migration and refugees; music and conflict; music and politics; applied ethnomusicology and community music; music and humanitarianism.
My thesis explores the role of music in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, a camp established in 2012 as an emergency response to those fleeing the Syrian civil war, but now home to over 80,000 refugees. My research examines the uses and functions of different musics and musical activities in Zaatari, focusing on the multivalent ways in which refugees act as active social agents in camps. I also explore the advantages and pitfalls of ‘musical humanitarianism’, and how humanitarian actors might best provide musical opportunities for refugees. More broadly, I aim to understand what music can tell us about the Syrian refugee experience, and how an ethnomusicological approach to forced migration studies may reveal insights that depart from dominant narratives of refugees as passive victims of circumstance, both within the academy and the wider humanitarian community.
‘Musical Humanitarianism? Ethics and Methods of Doing Fieldwork in Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan’. BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference. University of Sheffield. January 2019.
‘Music, Humanitarianism, and the Syrian Refugee Experience’. Roots, Diaspora and Belonging: A Musical Exploration. Woolf Institute at the University of Cambridge. February 2019.
‘Musical Humanitarianism? Doing Fieldwork in Refugee Camps’. Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum. City, University of London. May 2019.
AHRC DTP Studentship
AHRC Research Training Support Grant for Overseas Research
St John’s College
British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) Fieldwork Grant Award