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Dr Abigail Wood

Visiting Fellow


Dr Abigail Wood joined the Institute as the Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis Visiting Fellow from January to March 2019.

Abigail is an ethnomusicologist, senior lecturer in the Music Department, School of Arts, University of Haifa, and co-editor of Ethnomusicology Forum. She undertook PhD studies focusing on contemporary Yiddish song in the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, under Ruth Davis. Before moving to Haifa, she was Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music at SOAS, University of London.

She currently leads, with Taiseer Elias, a research project entitled From Henna to the Honeymoon: Creative Practice among Palestinian Arab Wedding Musicians in Northern Israel, funded by the Israel Science Foundation. This project explores the dynamic musical and social practices encapsulated in wedding performances, and sheds light on how transnational flows continue to shape the experience and imagination of musical borderlands in the region.

Her wider research focuses primarily on musical life in contemporary urban spaces, from new Jewish musics to the soundscapes of conflict, migration and pilgrimage in Jerusalem's Old City. She is also co-organiser of the 'Caravan Orchestra', a musical exchange project for young musicians from Haifa and Weimar that seeks to reopen lost connections between klezmer, Arab musics and cognate European repertories.



Wood, Abigail. And We're All Brothers: Singing in Yiddish in Contemporary North America. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. (2013)

Edited special journal issues

Becker, Johannes; Belkind, Nili; Karkabi, Nadeem and Wood, Abigail, eds. 'Geographies of Identity in Palestine and Israel'. Special issue of Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 6/3, including editorial pp. 259-263. (2013)

Harris, Rachel and Wood, Abigail eds. 'Sharing Space? Sharing Culture? Applied Experiments in Music-making Across Borders'. Special issue of The World of Music (new series) (Volume 7 issue 1-2 2018)

Articles in refereed journals

Wood, Abigail. '(De)constructing Yiddishland: Solomon and SoCalled's HipHopKhasene.' Ethnomusicology Forum, 16 (2). pp. 243-70 (2007).

Wood, Abigail. 'Stepping Across the Divide: Hasidic Music in Today's Yiddish Canon.' Ethnomusicology, 51 (2). pp. 205-37 (2007).

Wood, Abigail. 'The Multiple Voices of American Klezmer.' Journal of the Society for American Music, 1 (3). pp. 367-92 (2007).

Wood, Abigail. 'The Diverse Voices of Contemporary Ethnomusicology' (review article). Journal of the Royal Musicological Association 134/2, pp. 349-364 (2009).

Wood, Abigail. 'Singing Diplomats: the Hidden Life of a Russian-speaking Choir in Jerusalem.' Ethnomusicology Forum 19/2, pp. 165-190 (2010).

Wood, Abigail. 'Disruptive Listening: Geographies of Sensation in Jerusalem's Old City.' Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 6/3, 286-307. (2013).

Wood, Abigail. 'Soundscapes of Pilgrimage: European and American Christians in Jerusalem's Old City'. Ethnomusicology Forum 23/3, 285-305 (2014).

Wood, Abigail. ‘The Cantor and the Muezzin's Duet: Contested Soundscapes at Jerusalem's Western Wall’. Contemporary Jewry 35, 55-72 (2015).

Wood, Abigail. 'From Klezmer to Dabkah in Haifa and Weimar: Revisiting Disrupted Histories in the Key of D.' The World of Music (new series) volume 7 issue 1-2 (2018).

Chapters in collected volumes

Wood, Abigail 'E-Fieldwork: A Paradigm for the Twenty-first Century?' In Stobart, Henry, ed. The New (Ethno)Musicologies. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 170-187. (2008)

Wood, Abigail. 'Sound, music and migration in Jerusalem's Old City.' In Jane Garnett and Alana Harris, eds. Rescripting Religion in the City: Migration and Religious Identity in the Modern Metropolis. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 51-61. (2013)

Wood, Abigail. 'Urban Soundcapes: Hearing and Seeing Jerusalem', In Tim Shephard and Anne Leonard, eds. Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture. London and New York: Routledge, 286-293. (2013)

Wood, Abigail. 'Pop, Piety and Modernity: the Changing Spaces of Orthodox Culture'. In Lawrence Roth and Nadia Valman, eds. Routledge Handbook to Contemporary Jewish Cultures. London and New York: Routledge, 286-296. (2014)

Wood, Abigail. 'Listening to Jerusalem's Old City' – Chapter (5400 words) and original sound recording. In Rachel Harris and Rowan Pease, eds. Pieces of the Musical World: Sounds and Cultures. London and New York: Routledge. (2015)

Wood, Abigail. 'Yiddish Song in Twenty-first Century America: Paths to Creativity.' In Amalia Ran and Moshe Morad, eds. Mazal tov, Amigos! Jews and Popular Music in the Americas. Leiden: Brill. (2016)

Wood, Abigail. 'Soundscapes of Pilgrimage: European and American Christians in Jerusalem's Old City.' In Jennifer Post, ed. Ethnomusicology: a Contemporary Reader. London and New York: Routledge. (2017)

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