Deborah Kapchan

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Professor Affiliation: NYU New York
Email: dk52@nyu.edu
Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania; MA, Ohio Unviersity, BA New York University

Research Areas: sound studies, poetics, new materialism, affect theory, ethnography, gender theory, object-oriented ontologies, hybrid genres, performance in the Middle East and North Africa


Deborah Kapchan is Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. A Guggenheim fellow, she is the author of Gender on the Market: Moroccan Women and the Revoicing of Tradition (1996 Univ. of Pennsylvania Press), Traveling Spirit Masters: Moroccan Music and Trance in the Global Marketplace (2007 Wesleyan University Press), as well as numerous articles on sound, narrative, and poetics. She translated and edited a volume entitled Poetic Justice: An Anthology of Contemporary Moroccan  Poetry (2019 University of Texas Center for Middle Eastern Studies) and is the editor of two other recent works:  Intangible Rights: Cultural Heritage in Transit (2014 University of Pennsylvania Press) and Theorizing Sound Writing (2017 Wesleyan University Press). She was the editor (with Pauline Strong) of a special issue of the Journal of American Folklore, entitled Theorizing the Hybrid (1999). She is currently writing a book tentatively entitled Between Morocco and France: The Festive Sacred and the Islamic Sublime, as well as a sonic memoir entitled Listening Methods.

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