Deborah Kapchan

Deborah Kapchan, associate professor of Performance Studies at New York University, researches music, narrative, aesthetics and performance in North Africa and the North African diaspora.

She is the author of Gender on the Market: Moroccan Women and the Revoicing of Tradition (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press 1996), Traveling Spirit Masters: Moroccan Music and Trance in the Global Marketplace (Wesleyan University Press 2007), as well as numerous articles on expressive culture, affect and embodiment (including «The Promise of Sonic Translation: Performing the Festive Sacred in Morocco», American Anthropologist Vol 110 (4) : 467-483, and «Learning to Listen: The Sound of Sufism in France», em>The World of Music, special issue , 2009). She is the editor (with Pauline Strong) of «Theorizing the Hybrid», a special issue of The Journal of American Folklore, and has two edited manuscripts currently under review: Intangible Rights: Heritage and Human Rights in Transit (University of Pennsylvania Press), and Poetic Justice: An Anthology of Moroccan Contemporary Poetry (University of Texas Press).

She is also editing a volume entitled Theorizing Sound Writing, currently under review. In her teaching she focuses on the role of the public intellectual and the craft of writing. She has been a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as a recipient of grants from the American Institute of Maghrib Studies, the Social Science Research Council and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.


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