Dr. Nili Belkind
Despite the separatist imagination: music, cultural intimacy and the conflict in Israel/Palestine
Dr. Nili Belkind is an ethnomusicologist whose specialty areas include the Middle East and the Caribbean. She is now completing a book contracted by University of Indiana Press titled Music in Conflict: Palestine, Israel and Cultural Politics of the post-Oslo era, an ethnographic study of the complex relations of musical production to political life in the context of the conflict. The book is an expansion of her dissertation (Columbia University). In her current research project, Nili is exploring cultural intimacy, as constructed and reflected in different musical case studies, in the context of the conflict and binary perceptions of Arab/Palestinian and Jewish/Israeli. Nili’s M.A. thesis focused on the musics of prominent Haitian artists who, due to social and political circumstances in Haiti, had relocated to New York.
Prior to pursuing her Ph D, Nili spent many years working in the music industry as a producer, record-label manager and A & R specializing in world music. As an album producer she has most extensively worked with artists from the Spanish and French Caribbean.