Female Musicians in the Ferghana Valley - A New Concept of Traditional Master-Apprentice Knowledge Transmission in Central Asian Music (public lecture and Dutar performance)

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January 29, 2010 - 17:15 - 19:00
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Stela Garaz
Female Musicians in the Ferghana Valley - A New Concept of Traditional Master-Apprentice Knowledge Transmission in Central Asian Music (public lecture and Dutar performance)

Teaching, i.e. transmission of knowledge, is the most important issue in safeguarding the process of cultural heritage. Today at a time of globalisation and therefore loss of national identity the practice of oral transmission is left without relevant support. The lack of knowledge of the female role in cultural development is still a burning issue and thus demands scholarly investigation. The lecture focuses on Central Asia and its oasis, the Ferghana Valley.     

Dr. Razia Sultanova is a Fellow of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge. She is a graduate of the Uzbek State Conservatory and the Moscow State Conservatory, where she completed her PhD in musicology. Her primary areas of research are Central Asian and Middle Eastern music, Islam and music, and gender and music.  For the last fifteen years she has been conducting intensive fieldwork in Afghanistan, Turkey, Caucasus, and Central Asian republics. Her publications focus on the musical traditions of the Islamic world, and include the edited volume “Sacred Knowledge: Schools or Revelations. Master-Apprentice Music Training in the Turkic Speaking World” (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009) and a forthcoming monograph entitled “From Shamanism to Sufism: Women and Islam in Central Asian culture” (IB Tauris).