Conference Programme

Tuesday May 17th

Venue: Stewart House, Room ST274/5 (next to Senate House)

Registration from 9.15am

Welcome and Session 1: 9.45am-11.30am
Kay Dickinson (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

‘Our Contemporary Cultural Crisis’: The Composer as Nationalist, the Composer as Cultural Labourer

Tony Langlois (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)

Listening to Roots: The Musical Construction of the Authentic in Legzouli’s Tenja.

11.30am   Tea/coffee

Screening of ‘Tenja’, (1hr 20 mins, Hassan Legzouli, France 2005)

1 – 2pm Lunch

Session 2: 2pm– 2.50pm

Nacim Pak (University of Edinburgh)

Exploring the Overlooked Diversity of Bahram Beyzai’s Filmmaking Styles

Short break

Session 3: 3pm – 4.45pm

Film screening: Zurkhaneh (105 mins) by Federico Spinetti (University of Alberta).

4.45 – 5pm   Tea/coffee

Followed by Q&A session with Federico Spinetti.

Session 4: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Film screening: Afghan Star (87 mins, 2009) by Havana Marking, followed by Q&A session with the filmmaker.

Wednesday May 18th

Venue: Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House South Block

Registration from 9.15am

Welcome and Session 1: 9.45am-11.30am
Kamran Rastegar (Tufts University)

Scoring the Checkpoint: Reflections on the Practice of Composing Music for Palestinian Films. Followed by film screening.

11.30am  Tea/coffee

Session 2: 12noon– 12.50pm

Martin Stokes (University of Oxford)

Music in Turkish Popular Cinema: From Zeki Muren to Orhan Gencebay

12.50pm – 2pm Lunch break

Session 3: 2pm – 4.30pm

Peyman Yazdanian (Iran). One of Iran’s foremost film music composers talks about his work. Followed by film screening.

4.30    Tea/coffee

Session 4: 5pm -7pm

John Baily (Goldsmiths, University of London) talks about 30 years of documentary film-making.

Followed by a screening of John’s latest film, ‘Across the Border: Afghan Musicians

Exiled in Peshawar’ (55 mins).


Advance booking is requested via Valerie James at; a contribution to costs of £10 per day is requested on the door. Attendance for students and the unwaged is free.  Tel:  020 7664 4865

London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange (LCACE) is a university initiative promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise with the capital’s arts and cultural sectors. The nine institutions involved are: University of the Arts London; Birkbeck, University of London; City University; the Courtauld Institute of Art; Goldsmiths, University of London; Guildhall School of Music & Drama; King’s College London; Queen Mary, University of London; and Royal Holloway, University of London.

The Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum is open to researchers, students and anyone interested in the music and culture of the region. In the spirit of fostering dialogue and interdisciplinarity, we hope that the issues discussed at the forum will be of interest to a broad audience, including musicologists, ethnomusicologists and other researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences. In addition, we welcome those working on other aspects of Middle Eastern and Central Asian culture broadly speaking (dance, visual arts, media, film, literature, etc.)

We also gratefully acknowledge the support of Iran Heritage Foundation.


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