Melissa Bilal (UCLA) will illustrate the capacity of the lullabies sung by Armenian women in Istanbul to produce knowledge. She will argue that this knowledge is intimate and affective, bodily and instantaneous. It is a way of knowing “otherwise” that has the potential to form alternative ways to relate with this “history.”
About the speaker:
Melissa Bilal is a social anthropologist and historian who specializes in music studies. She is currently distinguished research fellow at UCLA Center for Near East Studies and lecturer in the department of ethnomusicology. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.
This presentation is part of the “Encounters with Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies” series. The Encounters series invites Holocaust, genocide and human rights studies scholars to share their latest research. The aim of Encounters is to facilitate a conversation across disciplines and to broaden the understanding of genocidal and violent events in modern and contemporary politics. Each year, Encounters will have a different focus. This year’s theme is “The Politics of Genocide.”+ More... - Less...
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