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2016 UNC-Duke Consortium for Middle East Studies Annual Conference – Keynote Concert by A.J. Racy

February 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Registration for the 2016 UNC-Duke Consortium for Middle East Studies Annual Conference is now open! The conference will explore the consequences of World War I in the region, focusing on the creation of this new state system and the new exclusionary identities. Postwar borders and states are being contested today more than at any time over the past century, as groups like al-Qaeda seek to redefine membership and ISIS/Daesh works to reconfigure the regional map. This conference brings much-needed historical context to today’s struggles over belonging, identities, and the map of the Middle East.

image001The Keynote on Friday, February 19 will feature performer, composer, and Professor of Ethnomusicologist at UCLA, A.J. Racy. In this concert, Professor A.J. Racy will perform on a variety of musical instruments from the Arab World, including the nay (reed flute), buzuq (long necked lute), ‘ud (short necked lute), and others. Illustrating the shared features and the regional differences in the music, Dr. Racy will also reflect on the collective memories of World War I in his Lebanese village of birth.


This conference is free and open to the public. Online registration is requested: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Please register by February 15.

For information regarding free registration, featured speakers, the schedule and more, please visit

Contact Emma Harver at or 919-962-6732 with questions.


February 19, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:15 pm


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