Jillian Fulton-Melanson is a recent PhD graduate in Social Anthropology with training in ethnomusicology and music performance. Her research incorporates field sites located in South West Asia and North Africa, and Arab diasporas in Canada. Her work is focused on identity politics and performance, nationalism and transnationalism, violence and subaltern queer collectives. Sonically, it is located within EDM (Noise, techno, house) and traditional musics from the SWANA region. Outside of academia, she actively performs at underground electronic music events, and enjoys collaborating with Arabic folk musicians.
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; dance music; nostalgia; tarab; social violence; indeterminacy