Document Type

Honors Paper

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2008


The intention of this thesis is to describe how the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music generates a narrative of globalization that is largely outside the Western academic perspective. Even as the festival structures a hegemonic relationship between local elites who can afford concert tickets and those with less economic means who attend events on the periphery of the festival, local resistance to the festival is limited; it is controlled through a narrative that resonates with local, spiritual, and aesthetic values. My project is based on my experience as a participant observer during my internship at La Fondation Ésprit de Fès in Fez, Morocco during the summer of 2007. Drawing on my fieldwork, informal and formal interviews, music lessons, and daily encounters with festival organizers, I aim at an ethnographically rich portrayal of the festival and the global/local message that it embodies.



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