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11/06 - "What is a Boundary Good For? A Reconsideration through the Muslim-Jewish Musical Question in Algeria" European Netias Lecture by Jonathan Glasser, William and Mary University, Fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study, Paris, France

La conferenza di Jonathan Glasser è organizzata in collaborazione con NetIAS, Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study e fa parte della rassegna di European NetIAS Lecture Series.

11/06/2020 dalle 16:00 alle 18:00

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The boundary has long been a key metaphor for analysts of social difference. For nearly half a century, the metaphor has been particularly important in the anthropological study of ethnicity, where thinking about the ethnic boundary as locus of action and negotiation came to displace a concern with the content alleged to reside on either side of the boundary. Drawing on my current research on Muslim-Jewish relationships around music in Algeria and in France, this talk explores one theoretical implication of this move: that boundaries are about the intertwining of connection and differentiation. I show that while Algerian Jewish participation in Arabic-language music has often been held up as something that breaks through, transcends, or brings into question the notion of a Muslim-Jewish boundary, close attention to the archival and ethnographic record shows music to be eminently susceptible to a reading through the boundary metaphor. Once conceived in such terms, however, the Algerian musical case opens up certain other questions about the nature of social boundaries. I propose that an extensive reworking of the boundary metaphor might help us renew the case for conceiving difference as a form of relationship.

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