University of Cambridge

The project explores how the notion of a collective European-North African cultural memory has been articulated through music for different sociopolitical ends in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Music has been employed as a means of social control and representation during French and Spanish colonialism in North Africa in the twentieth century, and as a model for multiculturalism and cultural diplomacy among North African communities in Europe today. The project analyses how modern-day practices of musical exchange in the region are shaped by discourses and networks formed during colonialism. Combining archival research, oral history and ethnographic fieldwork, it brings together different geographical, linguistic and musical specialisms, leading towards an integrated understanding of musical exchange in the region.

Applicants must have (or expect to obtain) a Master’s degree in any musicological discipline (e.g., musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies) or related field (e.g., anthropology, cultural history). Ideally, applicants will have knowledge of musical cultures of the Mediterranean/Maghreb (genres such as Arab-Andalusian music, raï, hip hop) and experience of, or aptitude for, ethnographic fieldwork.

Deadline: June 28

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