Saturday, March 30th
4:00 PM PDT / 7:00 PM EDT
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TURKISH ROMAN DANCE & CULTURE
An Online Lecture with
Learn about Turkish Roman ('Gypsy') dance - its characteristics and basic movement vocabulary. Danielle will also cover some aspects of Turkish Roman culture based on her experiences doing long term research in Istanbul, Turkey. A large part of Danielle's research was done in a now-demolished Roma neighborhood known as Sulukule, which was famous for its 'entertainment houses' where people went to hear music and see dancers. The neighborhood was demolished in 2009 due to an urban renewal project. Danielle will talk about the impact of these kinds of projects on urban Roma communities, and how they are responding using music and dance.
Danielle Schoon has a Master's degree in Dance from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and is a part-time Lecturer in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University.
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Saturday, April 27th
3:30 PM PDT / 6:30 PM EDT
SYMBOLS, AMULETS & TALISMANS
IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD
An Online Lecture with
The belief that certain objects possess powers against danger, disease, is found throughout the world and has always existed. Much of their meaning has been lost during the centuries. Around every stage of life, a variety of symbols were used although some of them appear meaningless nowadays.
Such objects that were worn around the neck to prevent diseases or to protect the person from danger or misfortune, are often called talismans or amulets.
Amulets were usually worn for the purpose of protection, whereas Talismans consist of certain symbols or characters either written or engraved on metal. They are carried in order to protect the owner from danger and help him in bringing good fortune. Their powers was believed to be derived from the stars and constellations. The power was more of a magical character. Amel Tafsout will introduce the various symbols and give an explanation of the use in the Islamic World.
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