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Carolyn Ramzy

Associate Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (Toronto), M.M. (Florida State), Bachelor of Musical Arts and Diploma of Ethnomusicology (Eastman).
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2403
Email:carolyn.ramzy@carleton.ca
Office:A816 Loeb Building

Carolyn’s research focuses on Egyptian Christian popular music in Egypt and a quickly growing diaspora community in the U.S. and Canada. Specifically, she examines the discursive politics of the community’s religious pop songs in the lives of Coptic Orthodox women. While women’s images, voices, and bodies have been at the forefront of both revolutionary movements and religious revivals in Egypt, women themselves have almost always been excluded from political and social processes they have fought hard to initiate. In turn, her current projects investigate the role of Coptic women in today’s religious revivals and how popular religious songs shape, contest, or reinscribe Coptic women’s subjectivities in popular and religious movements. She also examines how the song’s gendered motifs reconfigure commentary about Coptic national belonging within Egypt’s changing political topography following the Arab Spring, and in transnational contexts as Copts increasingly migrate abroad.

Carolyn has presented her research at various conferences, including the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Middle East Studies Association, the American Anthropology Association, and the American Academy of Religion, the International Association for Popular Music, and the International Association for Coptic Studies. She has also published her work in Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, the Journal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies, The Performing Arts Encyclopedia: Explore Music, Theater, and Dance at the Library of Congress and a chapter in Lois Farag’s The Coptic Christian Heritage: History, Faith, and Culture (Routledge, 2013).

At Carleton, Carolyn teaches courses on music and religion, globalization, and conflict. She is also cross-appointed to the Institute of African Studies (IAS), the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture (ICSLAC), and the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Recent Publications

2018 “Repatriating an Egyptian Modernity; Transcriptions and the Rise of Coptic Women’s Song Activism,” Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation, edited by Bret Woods and Frank Gunderson: 1-18.

2017 “Singing Strategic Multiculturalism: The Discursive Politics of Coptic-Canadian Protests,” in Copts in Context: Negotiating Identity, Tradition, and Modernity, edited by Nelly van Doorn– Harder, (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press): 155-176

2017 “Singing Heaven on Earth: Coptic Counterpublics and Popular Song at Egyptian M?lid Festivals,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 49, no. 3: 375 – 394.

2016 “Autotuned Belonging: Coptic Popular Song and the Politics of Neo-Pentecostal Pedagogies.” Ethnomusicology. University of Illinois Press, September 2016.

2014 “To Die is Gain: Singing a Heavenly Citizenship Among Egypt’s Coptic Christians” Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology. Routledge Press, 2014.

2013 “Performing Coptic Expressive Culture,” The Coptic Christian Heritage: History, Faith, and Culture, edited by Lois Farag. Routledge Press, 2013.

2010 “Taratīl As Popular Music and the Transformation of a Coptic Folk Genre.” Journal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies. Volume 1, (2010) Gorgias Press.

2010 “The Copts and Coptic Music: An Introduction,” Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant & Hymnody; The Ragheb Moftah Collection at the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: The Performing Arts Encyclopedia: Explore Music, Theater, and Dance at the Library of Congress Website, 2010  www.loc.gov/performingarts/.

2010 “Notating Coptic Music: A Brief Historical Survey.” Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant & Hymnody; The Ragheb Moftah Collection at the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: The Performing Arts Encyclopedia: Explore Music, Theater, and Dance at the Library of Congress Website, 2010  www.loc.gov/performingarts/.