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The Soviet Union was the last great world empire with borders stretched from Europe to Asia. Within these borders lived 120 ethnic groups divided into fifteen republics and various autonomous regions, with an overall population of nearly 300 million. After the collapse of the USSR, non-Russian peoples faced multiple problems sending only within Russia’s borders up to 15-16 million migrant workers. According to recent official figures, about 2 million Central Asian migrant workers live in Moscow which is becoming “Europe’s largest Muslim city”. How does music help one adapt to new places and a new mode of life?
This talk will focus on how the current soundscape of Moscow is an indicator of social, religious, and broadening the cultural definition of present-day Moscow.
Dr Razia Sultanova is a musicologist and cultural anthropologist. Born in Russia and having grown up in Uzbekistan, she studied and consequently worked at both the Uzbek and Moscow State Conservatories. Her primary areas of research are Central Asian and Middle Eastern culture, which includes studies on ‘Islam and music’, and ‘Gender and music.
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