- 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
- 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.
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.