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Fridays at Newcomb

Money and Cultural Production: Middle Eastern Sacred Songs (Piyutim) Hit the Israeli Pop Rock Scene

featuring Galeet Dardashti

Date: Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Building: Caroline Richardson Building, Anna Many Lounge, 2nd Floor
Location: uptown campus

Over the past few years, some of Israel's most noted secular rock singers have begun performing their own renditions of traditional Middle Eastern religious songs for large crowds of adoring fans, and a few of their recordings of these songs have soared to the top of Israeli pop charts. This lecture examines the causes for some of these recent Israeli musical trends, specifically, the decision of a single American private foundation to heavily fund an extensive program to teach Israelis to learn and appreciate these religious songs. 

Galeet Dardashti holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in cultural politics and contemporary Middle Eastern/Arab music in Israel. She has published widely on her work and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University at the Taub Center for Israel Studies.

Sponsored by: Newcomb College Institute

For more information contact Laura Wolford via email to lwolford@tulane.edu






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