Mehrenegar Rostami
Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Traditional and popular musics of the Middle East and Central Asia

Mehrenegar Rostami is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnomusicology and a specialist in traditional and popular musics of the Middle East and Central Asia. Her dissertation examines modern manifestations of the Silk Road phenomenon and the ways in which this phenomenon has influenced the formation of world music festivals in the age of neoliberal capitalism. She has conducted extensive research into world music festivals in Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Germany, and the United States, focusing on the role of intercultural hospitality in facilitating musical encounters and its sociopolitical outcomes. Her work has appeared in Music and Politics and the Iranian music periodical Art and Music. As an avid santur (hammered dulcimer) player, she has performed in Iran, Europe, and North America.

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