Main Focus

  • Music and emotion / affect
  • The centrality of affect in ritual and religion/ spirituality, particularly looking at Islam / Sufism
  • Emotions and the body, bodily ways of knowing
  • Trance/ altered states of consciousness via emotional and musical pathways
  • Medical Humanities, medical anthropology, cultural understandings of 'wellbeing'
  • Anthropology of magic, mystery, and supernatural phenomena


Feeling the Way Through With Sound

Curriculum Vitae

  • PhD in Anthropology of Music, King's College London, 2017. "Algerian Diwan of Sidi Bilal: Music, Trance, and Affect in Popular Islam."
  • Saharan Crossroads Fellow, American Institute of Maghrib Studies and the West African Research Association, 2016-2017 Oran, Algeria; London, UK
  • Master's of Music in Ethnomusicology, Tufts University, 2012. "The Ethics and Aesthetics of Musical Speech: Sounding Moral Geographies in Moroccan Gnawa Music."
  • Bachelor's of Music in Composition, University of Oregon, 2001.

Selected Publications

    Turner, Tamara. forthcoming. "Affective Temporalities of Presence and Absence: Musical Haunting and Embodied Political Histories in an Algerian religious community." Culture, Theory and Critique.

    Turner, Tamara. 2020. “Music and Trance as Methods for Engaging with Suffering.” Ethos 48 (1): 69–87.

    Turner, Tamara. 2020. “The Right Kind of Ḥāl: Feeling and Foregrounding Atmospheric Identity in an Algerian Music Ritual.” In Music as Atmosphere. Affective Sounds and Collective Feelings., edited by Friedlind Riedel and Juha Torvinen, 113–30. Routledge.

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