Musicology Colloquium Series: Arab Musicking on the US Mexico Border

Dr, Andrea Shaheen Espinosa, University of Texas, El Paso

Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

UNM Center for the Arts (CFA) 2100


This talk explores the relationship between trauma and identity by examining Arab music performance on the U.S.–Mexico border. Drawing on the musicking of Syrian and Mexican migrant communities, I interrogate theories of cultural and psychological trauma and borderland epistemologies to explore how border tensions influence the often-fraught views of identity.

PRESENTER: ANDREA SHAHEEN ESPINOSA Dr. Andrea Shaheen Espinosa is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Oboe at the University of Texas, El Paso, and currently serves as the Musicology Area Coordinator for the Department of Music. She is the founder and director of the UTEP’s internationally recognized Middle Eastern music ensemble, Layali Al-Sham. She is a Fulbright Fellow, a FLAS recipient, and a Medici Scholar, and is currently serving as the UTEP College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Faculty Fellow. Her research focuses on music, migration, and trauma, and her recent publications include articles in The Double Reed, Cahiers d’ethnomusicologie, and Yearbook for Traditional Music.


This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact: Dr. Ana R. Alonso-Minutti or FINEARTS.UNM.EDU.

This event is available for Concert Music credit.



UNM Department of Music, Latin American and Iberian Institute