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Performing Island Identities: Music, Dance, Folk Theatre, Storytelling, and Performance Traditions

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19–21 November 2012, Gazimağusa (Famagusta), North Cyprus

Island communities are often exceptionally rich in traditional culture. Islands tend to both preserve elements of expressive culture that have been lost on the mainland and foster interaction between various traditions, leading to new indigenous forms.

Performing Island Identities will explore music, dance, storytelling, folk theatre, and other performance traditions past and present in island communities worldwide. We will place special focus on the role of performance traditions in forming and maintaining identity. The conference will bring together folklorists, anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, and others to consider the role of islandness in the development of traditions.

The noted folklorist and musician Alan Jabbour will act as keynote speaker. Other keynote speakers will be announced at a later date. This Island Dynamics conference is a collaboration of the Center for Cyprus Studies at Eastern Mediterranean University and the Center for Island Studies at the Institute for Anthropological Research (Croatia).

Please e-mail expressions of interest to the convenor Adam Grydehøj. The deadline for abstracts is 15 March 2012 , but we recommend early submission.

Abstract Submission and Review

Presentations will last 20 minutes and be in English or Turkish (simultaneous translation will be provided). If you would like to give a talk, e-mail the following to Adam Grydehøj at

• Your Name

• Your Institution/Affiliation (if any)

• Your E-mail Address

• Abstract (150–200 words, including paper title)

• Biographical Note (100 words).

Organised Sessions

To propose an organised session of 3–4 related presentations, please e-mail Adam Grydehøj . We will e-mail you about whether your proposal has been accepted by 30 March 2012.

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