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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Former Music Faculty, Semester at Sea, Spring 2020 Voyage teaching courses in world music and soundscapes

  • Author of Women's Music in Pakistan published in The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (Brill)

  • Editorial Board, Groundwork Journal of Interdisciplinary Arts

  • Ph.D. Dissertation titled: "Raagi Faqirs at the Edge of Modernity in Contemporary Sindh" mentored by Prof. Regula Burckhardt Qureshi, Author of "Qawwali: Sufi Music of India and Pakistan." (University of Alberta), 2019

  • First Prize, Society for Ethnomusicology (2017)

  • Former Editor-in-Chief of Intonations, Graduate Journal in Music 

  • Pakistan Liasion at the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) since 2016

  • M.A. Thesis titled: "Representing Pakistan through Folk Music and Dances" mentored by Prof. Regula Burckhardt Qureshi, Author of "Qawwali: Sufi Music of India and Pakistan." (University of Alberta) , 2011

COURSES TAUGHT

PUBLICATIONS

2018. “Embedding an Ethnic of Community Engagement in Post-Secondary  Institutions.” (with Dr. David Peacock; Dr. Patricia Ballamingie, Dr. Maeve Lydon, and Dr. Katalin Eve Koller. In Community First: The Impact of Community Engagement. Accessed at: https://carleton.ca/communityfirst/wpcontent/ uploads/CFICE-CCEC-WG-Lit-Review-May-8_FINAL-BRANDED.pdf 

2017. “Music: Pakistan” In Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. General Edited by Suad Joseph. Brill Online. Accessed July 19, 2019 at: httpS://dx.doi.org.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/10.11163/1872- 5309_ewic_COM_002126

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles/Chapters

In-Submission 

2020: Subaltern Dialogic of Sound: Theorizing Marginality within Post-Colonial Soundscapes of Sufi Sounds in Sindh, Pakistan. Activist Ethnomusicology series: Music and Social Justice. Ed. Brenda Romero, Susan Asai. Bloomington: The Indiana University Press 

2019: “Bringing Home, a Lesson on Discipline:” Martial Masculinity in the Formation of the Aga Khan Bands in Colonial India. Submitted to MUSICULTURES.

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

 2021 Certificate in Sound Healing (exp.April

            The Sound Healing Academy 

2021 Certificate in Guiding Meditations (exp. January)

           Meditation Exercises, Sean Fargo (Former Buddhist Monk)

2021 Certificate in Music and Wellness (exp. April) 

            Berklee College of Music 

2020 From Reflection to Action: Combatting Systemic Racism in Music Classrooms 

            Rider University 

2018 Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

            Centre for Race and Culture, Alberta, Canada 

2017 Certificate in Course Design and Learning 

           Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Alberta 

2017 Smithsonian Certificate in World Music Pedagogy 

            University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, MN

INVITED TALKS

INVITED TALKS       

JUNE, 2019                “Hearing Intimate Exchanges within the Study of Sufi Sounds.” Regulafest at the University of Alberta. Edmonton,   

NOV 2016                  “Vocal Aesthetics in Singing the Shah-jo-Raag.” The Canadian Center for Ethnomusicology, University of Alberta. Edmonton, Canada.  

NOV 2015                  "The Impact of Sindhi Modernity on the Shah-jo-Raag." Invited public lecture at Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilization (ISMC) in London, United Kingdom.  

NOV 2015                  "Sindhi Modernity and the Shah-jo-Raag." Invited public lecture at the Canadian Center for Ethnomusicology (CCE), Edmonton, Canada.   

NOV 2015                  "Sindhi Nationalism and the Shah-jo-Raag." Institute for the study of Muslim Civilization (ISMC) in London, United Kingdom.   

OCT 2015.                  “Shi’ite Sufi Connections in the Tradition of Shah-jo-Raag in Sind, Pakistan,” Institute of Ismaili Studies London, United Kingdom.  

NOV 2015                  "The Impact of Sindhi Modernity on the Shah-jo-Raag." The Canadian Center for Ethnomusicology (CCE). Edmonton, Canada   

NOV 2015                  "Singing in the Feminine Voice: Sufi singing in Sind." The Annual Ginan Conference in London, United Kingdom.   

DEC 2014                   “Singing Shah-jo-Raag in Sind, Pakistan. Annual Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Conference,” University of Karachi, Pakistan.   

DEC 2012                   “Vocal Timbres and Musical Narrative of Shah-jo-Raag,” at the International Conference on Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. Bhitshah, Pakistan.  

JAN 2012.                   “The Labor of singing Shah-jo-Raag,” at the Shah Abdul Lateef Conference, Karachi University, Karachi, Pakistan.   

                 

HONORS AND AWARDS

2017 First Prize, Society for Ethnomusicology: Music and Religion Subsection 

(Conference Paper: “A Dialogic Musical Analysis of Shah-jo-Raag—Shah Latif Bhitai’s surs in Post-Colonial Sind, Pakistan.” 

2018 Laura Bassi Editing Press Scholarship 

2016 Frank Henderson Award in Studies of Women and Religion 

2015 The State of Kuwait Award in Islamic Studies 

2013-17 The Institute of Ismaili Studies Doctoral Award 

2006-10 The Institute of Ismaili Studies Graduate Studies Award 

2000-06 Aga Khan Services Education, Pakistan, Humanities 

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS 

MUSIC COMPOSITION AND PERFORMANCE 

2021 Global Leadership Program (GLP) for Music Innovators and Educators 

2020 Vancouver International Film Festival’s (VIFF) Mentorship Program for Composers 

2020 Institute of Ismaili Studies’ Alumni Grant 

2019 Canada’s Music Incubators’ Artist Entrepreneurship Fellowship 

2015 Cultural Diversity Award from the Edmonton Arts Council 

2015 The Banff Arts Centre, World Music Residency Fellowship 

2014 Flore Shaw Graduate Award in Music, Alberta, Canada 

2009 The Varagur Vaikunta and Sarada Srinivasan Memorial Prize 

ACADEMIC WORK 

INTERNATIONAL 

2019 Ric Trimillos Travel Award, Society for Ethnomusicology 

2017 Music and Religion, Society for Ethnomusicology Travel Award 

2016 The Ginan Studies Association’s Conference Travel Award 

2016 The Institute of Ismaili Studies PhD Workshop Travel Award 

2015 Maud Karpeles Grant, International Council of Traditional Music 

2015 University of Michigan, Sino-Indian Musical Exchanges Conference Travel 

2014 University of Cape Breton, Singing-Story-Tellers Conference Travel Award 

2014 University of Chicago, First Ismaili Studies Conference Travel Award, 

INSTITUTIONAL 

2017 Faculty of Graduate Research Travel Grant 

2012-14 Doctoral Recruitment Award 

2012-17 Department of Music, Travel Award 

2012 Green and Gold Leadership and Professional Development Grant 

2012-14 Graduate Student Association Travel Awards

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY 

DOCTORAL RESEARCH: SOUNDING ISLAM: The Shah jo Raag Tradition in Sind, Pakistan 

SUPERVISORS: Dr. Regula B. Qureshi, Dr. Michael A. Frishkopf 

Panels Organized 

DEC 2016      “Rethinking South Asian Musical Modernities through the Study of So-Called “Little Traditions”w/Babiracki, Carol (Associate Professor, Syracuse University); Dinnerstein Noe (Adjunct Professor, CUNY); Hemani, Shumaila (presenter). Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) conference. Austin, Texas, United States. 

Panel Sponsored by the South Asian Performing Arts (SAPA) 

PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS 

NOV 2019      “‘I Am Not a Man or a Woman’: Abida Parvin’s Career and Generic Innovation in the Style of Sindhi Sufi Kafi in Pakistan.” Graduate Student Music Conference, University of Alberta. Edmonton, APR 2019 

64thAnnual Conference of Society for Ethnomusicology (sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Taskforce at Society for Ethnomusicology).Bloomington. 

MAR 2018      “Music and Law in the Muslim World: The Traditional Rights of Religious Singers within the Political Economy of Waqf.” Early Legal Scholars’ Workshop, the University of Alberta. Edmonton 

OCT 2017       “A Dialogic Musical Analysis of Shah-jo-Raag—Shah Latif Bhitai’s Surs in Post-Colonial Sind, Pakistan.” Society of Ethnomusicology (Panel sponsored by South Asian Performing Arts (SAPA), Denver: Received the First Prize by Music and Religion Subsection 

NOV 2016      “Preserving the Sound of the Shah-jo-Raag.” Heavenly Acts Symposium, University of Alberta. Edmonton.  

NOV 2016      “Singing in the Feminine Voice in the Shah-jo-Raag: A Performance Workshop.” Society for Ethnomusicology Conference, Washington D.C. (Sponsored by the South Asian Performing Arts Committee (SAPA) at the SEM 

DEC 2015       “The Impact of Modernity on the Shah-jo-Raag.” Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) Conference. (Sponsored by the South Asian Performing Arts Committee (SAPA), Austin, TX.  

JAN 2015        “Connections between Hindustani and Sindhi Traditions of Sur and Raag: Singing the Shah-jo-Raag in Sind, Pakistan.” The Indian Musicological Society Conference. Mumbai, India 

OCT 2014       “Performing Folk Tales in the Sung Sufi poetry of Pakistan: A Lecture/Demonstration.” Featured Presentation at the Singing Storytellers Symposium, University of Cape Breton.  

OCT 2014      “Singers/Storytellers of a Sufi Ritual: Faqirs, the Mystical Bards Singing the Shah-jo-Raag in Sind, Pakistan,” Singing Storytellers Symposium, University of Cape Breton. Sydney, Canada.   

APR 2013       “Music and Moral Imagination: Musical Transmission in Pakistani context.” Graduate Student. Music Conference, University of Alberta. Edmonton.  

DIRECTED STUDY/Second Area: The Aga Khan Bands in Colonial India  

SUPERVISORS: Dr. David Gramit, Dr. Regula B. Qureshi 

PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS 

DEC 2016       “Is it Colonial or Khoja heritage? Re-thinking Khoja Heritage and Historiography through a Study of CeremonialMarching Bands.” The First Khoja Studies Conference, Paris. (Panel chaired by Professor Faisal Devji) (Declined due to visa issues).  

OCT 2014       “The Aga Khan Bands and the Agency of the Ismaili middle-class: Towards a post-structuralist approach in IsmailiStudies” The First Ismaili Studies Conference, University of Chicago. 

M.A THESIS: Representing Pakistan Through Folk Music and Dances  

PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCES 

JUL 2015       “Choreographing Diplomacy: The Creators of the National Music and Dance Ensemble Representing Pakistan as5000-year-old. International Council of Traditional Music. Astana.  

MAY 2013      “Official Mobilities: Pakistani Folk musicians at the Smithsonian Folk Festival in 1976,” Canadian Society for Traditional Music (CSTM) conference. Edmonton. 

INVITED LECTURES 

FEB 20            “Choreographing Diplomacy and Cordiality Between Pakistan and China.” University of Michigan’s Department of Music Conference “Lasting Echoes: Musical Exchanges Between China and India.  

DEC 2012       “Representing Pakistan Through Folk Dances.” Institute of Cultural Diplomacy’s Annual Conference, Berlin.  

MAR 2012      “The Political Use of Archaeology in the Folk-Dance Ensemble of Pakistan,” First International Conference of Archaeology. Bhanbhore, Sindh.  

Graduate Thesis in Islamic Studies: Gendered Voices within the Ismaili Tradition of Maddoh in  

Tajikistan 

PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCES 

NOV 2009      “Gendered Discourses in Maddoh.” Society for Ethnomusicology Conference (SEM), Mexico.  

INVITED LECTURE  

MAY 2009      “Preserving Women’s Voices: Feminist Reading of Oral Narratives of a Female Maddohkhonum from Badakhshan.”The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.  

CAMPUS TALKS/Lecture Demonstrations 

Music Performances and Lecture Demonstrations 

NOV 2018     “Demonstration of Sufi Styles from Pakistan.” A Presentation to the Ismaili Community’s Bait-ul-Ilm 

APR 2016      “Singing in the Feminine Voice: The Form and Structure of the Shah-jo-Raag.”  

Lecture and Performance to UT-Austin and Emory University (Visa issues led to the cancelation of this tour)  

JAN 2016        “Music for a Better World:” A Khayal in Raag Bhairon.” International Week 2016 at The Convocation Hall,the University of Alberta.  

MAR 2015      “Performance of a Sindhi Kalam of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai.” Margaret Greenham Theatre, Banff Arts Centre.   

MAR 2015      “Performance of a Sindhi Kalam with the musicians in residence at the Banff Arts Centre.” Rolston Hall, Banff Arts Centre.  

MAR 2015      “Turkish and Persian musical pieces with the musicians in residence at the Banff Arts Centre.” The Club, Banff Arts Centre.  

DEC  2014      “Performance of Hindustani Khayal and Sufi Kafi.” The Pakistan American Cultural Centre (PACC), Karachi,  

OCT 2014       “Performing Folk Tales in the Sung Sufi poetry of Pakistan: A Lecture/Demonstration.” Featured Presentation at the Singing Storytellers Symposium, University of Cape Breton. 

JAN 2014        “Maydan-e-Ishq: A Musical Performance of North Indian/Pakistani classical and Sufi folk at the International Week. 2014.” Student Union Building Stage, University of Alberta. 

JUL 2014        “North Indian Classical and Sufi Music from India and Pakistan.” Guest Lecturer and performance at theIntroduction to World Music Class.  

DEC 2016       “A Khayal From Pakistan: A Lecture Demonstration, performance and workshop at the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology about the musical form khayal.”  

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE 

PEER-REVIEW

2020 Editorial Board, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) Grounds 

Work, Journal for Engaged Arts Research 

2016-2018 EDITOR-in-CHIEF, Intonations (Graduate Music Journal), University of Alberta 

2018-19 PEER-REVIEWER, Editorial Board: Graduate Music Conference 2014-2017; 

Graduate Music Journal 

To Profession 

2017-18 MEMBER-AT-LARGE, the Society for Ethnomusicology's Student Union 

2015-present LIASION OFFICER, Report on Pakistan, International Council for Traditional 

Music (ICTM) 

2015-2017 GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE, General Faculty Council 

2016 GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE, Arts Faculty Council 

2016 GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE, McCallum Research Committee 

2009-present MEMBER: Professional Associations (Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM); 

International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) 

To Community 

2018 PUBLIC CONSULTANT, The Trudeau Foundation 

2012 EVENTS CO-ORDINATOR, The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE) 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE 

MAR-AUG 2018 Community Service Learning (CSL), University of Alberta 

Community First, A SSHRC funded collaborative Project 

(Between Carleton University, University of Victoria, and University of 

Alberta) 

2003-06 PROGRAM DESIGNER and ADVISOR, Transparency International, 

Pakistan 

2003-05 PRINCIPAL INSTRUCTOR, The Princeton Review, Pakistan 

NON-ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENTS 

SERVICE TO PROFESSION 

LIASION OFFICER, Report on Pakistan, International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) 2015-present 

EVENTS CO-ORDINATOR, The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE) 

MEMBER-AT-LARGE, the Society for Ethnomusicology's Student Union 2017-18 

JURY, Edmonton Arts Council’s Cultural Diversity Award (2016), Creators’ Reserve (2020) 

SERVICE TO DEPARTMENT/UNIVERSITY 

2016-2018 EDITOR-in-CHIEF, Intonations (Graduate Music Journal), University of Alberta 

2018 PUBLIC CONSULTANT, The Trudeau Foundation 

2015-2017 GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE, General Faculty Council 

2016 GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE, Arts Faculty Council 

2016 GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE, McCallum Research Committee 

2014-2017 PEER-REVIEWER, Editorial Board: Graduate Music Conference 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 

Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) 

Canadian Society for Traditional Music (CSTM) 

International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM)

Semester at Sea, Spring 2020 Voyage Memories

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