September 28, 2012
Ted Swedenburg is a anthropology at the University of Arkansas. Swedenburg received his ph.d. in cultural anthropology from the university of texas in 1988.his dissertation, a study of popular memories of the 1936-39 revolt in palestine, involved interviewing elderly peasants living in palestinian villages in the galilee and the west bank. he taught at the university of washington -seattle between 1988 and 1991, and at the american university in cairo from 1992 to 1996. he joined the university of arkansas in 1996.
Swedenburg's recent research focuses on popular music. he is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively entitled sounds from the interzone, that deals with "border" musics of the middle east as well as middle eastern-inflected musics of the west. he has done research and presented papers on franco-algerian rai music, "islamic" african-american rap, and mizrahi dance music in israel. his most recent fieldwork has been on the popular music of nubians in egypt.
Swedenburg teaches courses on the middle east, race and ethnicity, gender, and public culture. he is on the editorial committee of middle east report, and is actively involved with the middle east studies program in the fulbright college of arts and sciences.