Sylvia Alajaji

Dumanian Visiting Associate Professor

Sylvia Angelique Alajaji is an Associate Professor of Music at Franklin & Marshall College, where she also teaches in the International Studies program. Her work centers on the relationship between music and identity in the Armenian diaspora--asking, in essence, what is Armenian music? (And who decides?) She is the author of Music and the Armenian Diaspora: Searching for Home in Exile (recently published in Turkish translation), a multi-sited work that travels back and forth between Lebanon and the United States, examining Armenian musical genres as deeply embedded in place and time. Through engagement with genres such as kef and estradayin, this work examines the textures of lives made livable, in ways that often muddy canonical ideas of what it means to be Armenian.