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Meshrep (Pt. 3): UNESCO and the continuation of Meshrep with Prof Rachel Harris

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

This is the third and final part of the Meshrep seminar series with Mukaddas Mijit. This week, she is joined by Professor Rachel Harris from SOAS University of London, who also specialises in ethnomusicology. The talk focuses on how Meshreps became an intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding (via UNESCO), the effects of this categorisation, and the continuation of Meshrep in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

Speaker bios: Mukaddas Mijit is an ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, dancer and music manager with a PhD and research background in ethnomusicology, focusing on Uyghur dance and music. Read more about her on her website.

Rachel Harris is a professor in Ethnomusicology and Director of Research in the SOAS School of Arts. She conducts research on China and Central Asia, particularly on the Uyghurs, and has conducted fieldwork in these areas for over 20 years. Her current research interests focus on intangible cultural heritage, music and identity formation, soundscapes and state projects of territorialization. Read more about her on SOAS.

Read more about the Kazakhstan Uyghur Meshrep project here.

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