The Department of Music, the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies Initiative present:

Canadian Mehfil: Archives, Community and Intimacy within the Public Sphere

A conference in the Honour of Dr. Regula Qureshi

mehfil, a word common to Urdu, Hindi, and Persian, is a gathering of artistic souls – no matter whether they are gathered in a 17th-century Delhi court, or in an Edmonton rumpus room. For over 60 years, the music, poetry, and philosophy of Edmonton's South Asian community have been documented by beloved University of Alberta professors Regula and Saleem Qureshi. The Qureshi Archive is an unparalleled record of community building, in real time. We invite you to explore it in "Canadian Mehfil," a series of events from June 13-15, 2019, and consider with us the intersection of public arts and the intimacy of community life.

Thursday, June 13th - Opening Concert (FREE)
           7:00 - Convocation Hall
Friday, June 14th - Film on the Qureshi Archive and Legacy (FREE)
           Poets in the Living Room 
           7:30 - Telus Centre 150
June 14th and 15th - Discussion Panels
           9:00 - 5:00 - Stollery Centre (Business) 


The conference will feature 20 international scholars from India, the UK, the US and Canada, who will speak broadly about music and public arts from Mexico to Australia, Cape Breton to Alaska.

If you would like to take part in the Canadian Mehfil Conference, please register at the following link


Although the film screening is free, we also ask that you register for the documentary’s premiere here: