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Ms Dunya Habash

Ms Dunya Habash

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge


Biography:

Dunya Habash is a PhD student at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. 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 formerly joined the Woolf Institute as a Researcher and Outreach Officer for the ‘Living in Harmony’ project in March 2018. She also holds undergraduate degrees in Music and History from Birmingham-Southern College, where she embarked on her first substantive project with Syrian refugees, a documentary on Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp titled ‘Zaatari: Jordan’s Newest City’. That work led her to complete an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at Oxford University and a TEDx talk in Birmingham, AL.

Research Interests

I am interested in the effects of migration, more specifically forced migration, on the production of cultural practices and imaginaries. In other words, I am curious how space, place and identity interact as people rebuild their lives away from home.