GS Colloquium Series: "Music in the Medieval Mediterranean" by Professor Dwight F. Reynolds

Event Date: 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Event Location: 

  • SSMS 2001

Music in the Medieval Mediterranean

Why were musicians and singers able to move through different regions of the medieval Mediterranean so easily?  What types of cultural interactions took place before the construction of ‘national cultures’ and before Western Europe defined itself as the center of the world?  Using concepts that have emerged in recent years in the field of Mediterranean Studies, these and other questions are explored by examining the spread of new musical instruments, scholarly writings on music theory, the travels of musicians and singers, and contemporary accounts of musical performance practices from the period between Late Antiquity and the European Renaissance.


Dwight F. Reynolds is Professor of Arabic Language and Literature in the department of Religious Studies UC Santa Barbara.  He has authored and edited books on Arabic oral epic poetry, musical traditions of the Middle East, medieval Arabic autobiography, modern Arab culture, and Arab folklore.  He has published some 20 articles dealing with music in medieval Iberia and the Mediterranean, and is currently completely a book titled The Musical Heritage of al-Andalus. In addition to fellowships at the Harvard Society of Fellows and the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, he has received research support from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, NEA, NEH, ACLS, AIMS, ARCE, and other institutions.