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My research interests, while always focused on Moroccan musics, have expanded to set these musics and their pedagogy within the framework of colonialism. Subject to the French and Spanish Protectorates from 1912-1956, Morocco has continued to exhibit traces of lingering coloniality, even after independence. This entangled scenario involves not only a Eurocentric dominance which seeks to shape Moroccan cultural policy into its own image, but the complicity of indigenous elites which have affiliated with the colonizers’ ethos in embracing what is perceived as “superior” and “modern” expressions of culture. My dissertation research and fieldwork will address the efficacy of decolonization efforts in countering persistent post-colonial ideology and restoring indigenous musical culture in Morocco.

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