to an excerpt of a sound project in Fårö, Sweden about how sound affects us, how it vibrates the environment and why ways of listening are connected to feelings of home.

Translated and Edited by Deborah Kapchan

“This volume is an outstanding contribution to knowledge, to modern Moroccan poetry and in an extended sense, to modern Arabic poetry; to the societies and cultures within Morocco out of which these poems emerge and which they reflect or challenge; and to contemporary English and particularly the American poetic idiom.”

Michael Sells, Emeritus Barrows Professor of the History and Literature of Islam


Traveling Spirit Masters

Trance Music in the Global Marketplace 

Gnawa heal those they believe to be possessed with music and trance. As a group of ritual musicians originally from sub-Saharan Africa, the Gnawa have been living in Morocco for centuries and have long participated in the world music market. In this first book in English on Gnawa music and its global reach, author Deborah Kapchan explores how these collaborations transfigure racial and musical identities on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Gender on the Market

This book is the result of extensive ethnographic research on Moroccan women’s expressive culture and the ways in which it both determines and responds to current transformations in gender roles. Beginning with women’s emergence into what has been defined as the most paradigmatic of Moroccan male institutions—the marketplace—the book elucidates how gender and commodity relations are experienced and interpreted in women’s aesthetic practices.


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Theorizing Sound Writing

This volume contains an impressive lineup of scholars from anthropology, ethnomusicology, musicology, performance, and sound studies. More

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Cultural Heritage in Transit

This volume examines the intangibilities of human rights in the realm of heritage production, focusing on the ephemeral culture of those who perform it as well as the ambiguities present in the idea of cultural property.


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The Aesthetics of Proximity

Watch a presentation on the “auditory sublime” at Phenomenology in Ethnomusicology

Conference at Memorial University of Newfoundland in June 2018. In the presentation she describes the sublime both an aesthetic category that structures philosophical thinking as well as a structuring affect – something that co-creates human sociality, like mourning, anger, or effervescence

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Art of the Maghreb

Select Moroccan Painters

By Rachida Madani

Painting by Rachida Madani