MISSOULA – An escalation in colonial policy in Singapore in the 1860s constrained non-European culture, but a recently discovered poem tells a different story.
University of Alberta Assistant Professor Julia Byl will share the unconventional historical record in her presentation “Confiscate Their Turbans Immediately! Music, Muharram
In 1865, a legal rationale was given that the Muslim procession of
The poem “Syair Tabut” by Malay poet Encik Ali invites readers to re-evaluate processions and policies of colonial Singapore. He describes the procession’s music and communal interaction even as he accuses the British of misdeeds.
Byl earned her doctorate degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan and she was a postdoctoral Fellow at Kings College and Mellon Fellow at St. Olaf’s College. Her first book, “Antiphonal Histories: Resonant Pasts in the Toba Musical Present,” traces global influences on the musical traditions of Toba Batak peoples of Sumatra.
The talk is co-sponsored by the UM South and Southeast Asian Studies Program, Office of the Provost, Department of History and Department of Anthropology.