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Doctoral Fellow, Oct. 2016 - Mar. 2017
Ines Fabiunke is a PhD candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at Leipzig University, Germany. Her doctoral project examines how contemporary popular music in the MENA is produced today by focusing on the production of commercial pop music ("Arab Pop"). Ethnographic in approach, the project builds on fieldwork conducted in different production centers of the transnational Arab music industry, such as Beirut, Cairo, and Dubai. By considering questions of place, cultural identity, and cultural industries, the project examines the politics of music making in the region with an emphasis on the ways space, locality, and cultural production intersect. Ines has a background in the field of community media and holds a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Leipzig University.