Jillian Fulton-Melanson is a Course Director in the Department of Anthropology at York University and has training in ethnomusicology, education, and music performance. She also holds the position of co-chair for the Music and Violence Special Interest Group at the Society for Ethnomusicology. Her dissertation, titled “The Post-tarab Soundscape: Underground Electronic Dance Music Culture and the Arab-Canadian Diaspora,” is an ethnographic account of queer, subaltern, Arab and Maghrebi youth who have participated in the electronic dance music culture of Toronto and Montreal. Her current work is situated in Montreal and Casablanca within a niche community of industrial techno and Noise artists whose music and branding speak to social issues relating to nationalism and violence.
Her doctoral research is featured in Issue 43 of YCAR's Asia Research Briefs series: A Sonic Mapping of Arab Canada
Keywords: Diasporas; Arab identities; electronic music; nostalgia; tarab; violence; indeterminacy; Morocco; cosmopolitanism