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Faculty of Music

 Dunya  Habash


PhD Student

Dunya Habash is a PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. Through a Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarship and under the supervision of Dr Matthew Machin-Autenrieth, her ethnographic research with Syrian musicians in Turkey examines the effects of ‘integration’ on music-making and more generally on Syrian cultural practices and imaginaries post-displacement. Dunya is also a PhD Scholar and Outreach Officer at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. She holds undergraduate degrees in Music and History from Birmingham-Southern College (USA), where she embarked on her first substantive project with Syrian forced migrants, a documentary film on Jordan’s largest refugee camp for Syrians, Zaatari: Jordan’s Newest City. That work led her to complete an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford Department of International Development in 2017 and a TEDx talk in Birmingham, AL. Dunya is the daughter of Syrian immigrants to the United States. Her dual background fuels her interest in Middle Eastern culture, identity politics and migration. She is also a classically trained pianist. 

Forced Migration
Ottoman Studies
Arabic and Turkish Music
Anthropology of the Middle East