Department of Communications & Design (Writing and Editing Program)
Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta, and
Semester at Sea, Spring 2020 Voyage
Ph.D. Department of Music (Ethnomusicology), University of Alberta, Edmonton, 2019
Dissertation: Raagi Faqirs at the Edge of Modernity in Contemporary Sindh
Committee: Regula B. Qureshi, Michael Frishkopf, Mojtaba Mahdavi
M.A. Department of Music (Ethnomusicology), University of Alberta, Edmonton, 2011
M.A. Department of Islamic Studies, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London (UK), 2008
B.Sc. Department of Humanities, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan, 2006
2018 Peacock, David; Ballamingie, Patricia; Lydon, Maeve; Hemani, Shumaila; and Koller, Katalin E. “Embedding an Ethnic of Community Engagement in Post-Secondary Institutions.” In Community First: The Impact of Community Engagement.https://carleton.ca/communityfirst/wp-content/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. http://dx.doi.org.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/10.11163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002126
“Bringing Home, a Lesson on Discipline:” Martial Masculinity in the Formation of the Aga Khan Bands in Colonial India. Submitted to Public Culture.
“Mimicry or Agency? The Aga Khan Marching Bands in Colonial India.” Ethnomusicology, Editor Ellen Koskoff (Revise and Resubmit)
2015 “The Story of Kathak: A Review of Margaret Walkers’s India’s Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective.” The Review. https://www.dawn.com/news/1210178
“Governing the Sufi Sound on Coke Studio: Raagi Faqirs’ Subalternity in Contemporary Sind.” Yale Journal of Music and Religion.
“Raagi Faqirs’ karistyle of singing the Shah jo Raag- A Subaltern tradition within Contemporary Sindh.” Asian Music.
“An Analysis of the Shah-jo-Raag Tradition.” Analytical Approaches to World Music
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS & AWARDS
2017 First PrizePaper, Society for Ethnomusicology: Music and Religion Subsection “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
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
2019 Ric Trimillos Travel Award, Society for Ethnomusicology
2017 Music and Religion, Society for Ethnomusicology Travel Award
2017 Faculty of Graduate Research Travel Grant
2012-17 Department of Music, 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 Conference Travel Award, Sino-Indian Musical Exchanges, University of Michigan
2014 Singing-Story-Tellers Conference Travel Award, University of Cape Breton
2014 First Ismaili Studies Conference Travel Award, University of Chicago
2012-14 Doctoral Recruitment Award
2012-14 Graduate Student Association Travel Awards
2012 Green and Gold Leadership and Professional Development Grant
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.
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.
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.” (Lecture-Demonstration) Society for Ethnomusicology (Panel Sponsorship: Gender and Sexuality Taskforce). Bloomington, Indiana. November
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
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.
TEACHING AND ADVISING EXPERIENCE
Semester at Sea, University of Colorado-Boulder
Introduction to World Music: Ritual (Spring 2020)
Soundscapes: Music as Human Practice (Spring 2020)
Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta
Grammar for Effective Writing, Spring 2019
Workshops: Grant-Writing; Journaling for Emotional Resiliency, Summer 2019
University of Alberta
Introduction to World Music, Fall 2016
University of Alberta, Teaching Assistant
Introduction to World Music
The West African Music Ensemble
The Indian Music Ensemble(Vocal instructor)
2018 Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Centre for Race and Culture
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
UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE ADVISING
Spr 2019-Present VOCAL MENTOR
2013-15 Teaching Fellow, Center for Writers
Univ [SH2] [SH3] [SH4] [SH5] [SH6] [SH7] [SH8] ersity of Alberta
Facilitated workshops about Effective Writing, and advised
undergraduate and graduate students in academic writing.
Spr/Sum 2016ARCHIVAL RESEARCH ADVISOR
University of Alberta
Mentored an undergraduate student Penelopie David in researching microfilms at the University of Alberta’s library.
Fall 2013 MENTOR, Undergraduate Research Initiative, University of Alberta
Advised undergraduate students in framing their posters and presentations for the Graduate Music Conference in the Department of Music.
Exhibitions and Archival Work
Principal Researcher, The Aga Khan Bands in Colonial India
2013-14 Archival Research at the British media websites online, the British Museum, and the Ismaili Special Collections in Mumbai and Karachi for the projects: The Aga Khan Bands in Colonial India. This work culminated in two journal articles and a proposed film and digital exhibit.
Archival Researcher, Sounding China in Enlightenment Europe, Dr. Alex Rehding
2011 Conducted archival Research at Harvard University’s Special Collections and Archives and Digital Augmentation for the theme: “Reception of Chinese Themes in the 17thcentury European Opera.” http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/soundingchina/Rehding.html
Principal Researcher, Representing Pakistan Through Folk Music and Dances
2009 Conducted archival Research at the Lok Virsa, Pakistan, Radio-Pakistan, Pakistan Television Networks, the Institute of Sindhology, and Harvard Special Collections for: “Representing Pakistan Through Folk Music and Dances
Research Assistant, World Music in Wonderland (WMiW), Dr. Michael A. Frishkopf
2009-10 Identified key albums from Smithsonian Folkwayslive! Collections from specific regions of Africa, South Asia, and Europe, and collected audio clips, ancillary artwork, metadata, and virtual landscapes and cityscapes within a collaborative research. This culminated in the"World Music in WonderlandWMiW”- a virtual reality groupware environment – derived from Smithsonian Folkwayslive! Collection.
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
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)
2018 PUBLIC CONSULTANT, The Trudeau Foundation
2012 EVENTS COORDINATOR, The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE)
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
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
Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)
Canadian Society for Traditional Music (CSTM)
International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM)
FEB 2016 Interview by Portia Clark. Radio Active. CBC Radio-Edmonton
APR 2017 Paracha, Nadeem. “Reshaping Narratives.” Dawn Newspaper.Accessed at:
APR 2018 Paracha, Nadeem. “Branding Pakistan.” Dawn Newspaper. https://www.dawn.com/news/1324354
JUN 2016 Islam, Sanam. “The Modern Mystic: Shumaila Hemani hasn't let being female prevent her from studying and performing ancient mystical Islamic poetry.” Edmonton Women’s Magazine. Accessed at: http://www.edmontonwoman.com/article/The-Modern-Mystic-20160601
FEB 2016 Mckay, Samantha. “Sing-style poet among artists recognized for enriching Edmonton.” Edmonton Journal Online. February 22, 2016. Accessed at: http://edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/local-arts/sing-style-poet-among-artists-recognizedfor- enriching-edmonton
APR 2015. Bonfield, Stephan. “Banff Centre World Music Residency program off to a strong start with uplifting final concert.” Calgary Herald. Accessed at: http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/music/banff-centre- world-music-residencyprogram- off-to-a-strong-start-with-uplifting-final-concert
JAN 2015 Pakistan American Cultural Centre’s January newsletter
JAN 2012 Khan, Muhammed H. Finer points of Bhitai`s poetry explored.” Dawn Newspaper. Accessed at: https://www.dawn.com/news/687093
FEB 2016 Edmonton Arts Council Cultural Diversity Award Recipients: Accessed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vnjwyQF86g