“We Are All Human”: Music as Survival for Refugees in Global Contexts

Lisa Gilman (George Mason University)

This paper, based in preliminary fieldwork in Malawi, Turkey, and France, explores musically-oriented initiatives by refugees/displaced peoples for refugees/displaced peoples. Focusing on the arts festival in the Malawian refugee camp, a Uyghur language and cultural institute in Paris, and a Syrian arts center in Turkey, the paper outlines some important relationships between music and trauma, memory, community-formation, and survival in the lives of displaced peoples.

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