INVITED TALKS     

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

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

2015                "The Impact of Sindhi Modernity on the Shah-jo-Raag." The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilization (ISMC). London, UK. October. 

2015                "Sindhi Modernity and the Shah-jo-Raag." The Canadian Center for Ethnomusicology (CCE), University of Alberta. November.  

2015                "Sindhi Nationalism and the Shah-jo-Raag." Institute for the study of Muslim Civilization (ISMC). London, UK. November. 

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

2015                "The Impact of Sindhi Modernity on the Shah-jo-Raag."  The Canadian Center for Ethnomusicology (CCE), University of Alberta. November. 

2015                "Singing in the Feminine Voice: Sufi singing in Sind." The Annual Ginan Conference in London, UK. November.  

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

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

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

                         

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY 

Panels Organized 

2016                “Rethinking South Asian Musical Modernities through the Study of So-Called “Little Traditions” w/ Babiracki, Carol, Dinnerstein Noe, & Hemani, Shumaila. Society for Ethnomusicology, South Asian Performing Arts. Austin, Texas. 

Papers  

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.” April Graduate Student Music Conference, University of Alberta.  

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

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

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

2016                “Singing in the Feminine Voice in the Shah-jo-Raag: A Performance Workshop.” Society for Ethnomusicology Conference. Washington D.C. November 

2016                “Is it Colonial or Khoja heritage? Re-thinking Khoja Heritage and Historiography through a Study of Ceremonial Marching Bands.” The First Khoja Studies Conference, Paris. December 

2015                “The Impact of Modernity on the Shah-jo-Raag.” Society for Ethnomusicology, South Asian Performing Arts Committee. Austin, TX. December 

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

2015                “Choreographing Diplomacy: The Creators of the National Music and Dance Ensemble Representing Pakistan as 5000-year-old.” International Council of Traditional Music. Astana. July.  

2015                “Choreographing Diplomacy and Cordiality Between Pakistan and China.” University of Michigan’s Department of Music Conference “Lasting Echoes: Musical Exchanges Between China and India.” February 

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

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, Nova Scotia, Canada.  October 

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

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

2013                “Official Mobilities: Pakistani Folk musicians at the Smithsonian Folk Festival in 1976.” Canadian Society for Traditional Music. May.  

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

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

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

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

CAMPUS TALKS/Lecture Demonstrations 

Lecture Demonstrations 

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

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 cancellation of this tour). April.  

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

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

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

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

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

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. October. 

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. January. 

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

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