Clara Annette Wenz

Clara Annette Wenz

Clare Wenze
Middle Eastern studies

Music and sound studies
Political ethnography
Anthropology of religion
Relation between Europe and the Middle East


Current Projects: 

My new research project chronicles the present and past lives of a Syrian-Jewish musical record which was released by the Lebanese Baidaphon company in the 1920s. It draws on archival research and fieldwork undertaken in Berlin, Beirut, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Cairo.

Curriculum Vitae 

Fellowships and Grants 

  • Doctoral Studentship Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), 2016-2019                                                      
  •  Mildred Loss Studentship, Jewish Music Institute (JMI), SOAS, 2015-2019        


  • Senior Teaching Fellow, Music Department, SOAS, London, 2018-2019


  • PhD in Ethnomusicology, SOAS, London, 2015-present
  • MA Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS, London, 2012-2013
  • BA Philosophy (Munich School of Philosophy), 2008-2010


  • Wenz, Clara. 2016. “The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa and Performing al-Andalus: Music and Nostalgia across the Mediterranean” (Review), Ethnomusicology Forum 25 (3): 373-377.


  • “Suspicion, Borders and Landscapes Lost to Conflict: My Journey with an Arab-Jewish Baidaphon Record”, Workshop Beginnings and Legacies of Recording Technologies in the Eastern Mediterranean, EUME, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin 4-5 April 2019.
  • “Tarab in Crisis, Samples of a New World: The Music of Hello Psychaleppo”, ICTM Study Group for the Music in the Arab World Symposium, Cairo Egypt, 7-10 January 2019.
  • “Music, Religion and Voice on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Border” (with Dr. Ilana Webster-Kogen), Consortium for Asian and African Studies (CAAS), 9th Symposium, Paris, France, 19-20 Oct 2018.
  • “History on Rewind: Traveling with an Arab-Jewish Baidaphon Record”, Middle East and Central Asian Music Forum, London, 10 Nov 2017.
  • “Dancing Dissonance - Refugees in Concert in Berlin”, Annual Conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE), Sheffield, UK, 20-23 April 2017.
  • “Listening to Arab-Jewish Aleppo: Towards an Architecture of Musical Memory”, International Graduate and Post-Doctoral Summer Workshop, Forum for Contemporary Ethnomusicology and Da’at Hamakom, Yad Hashmonah, Israel, July 10-11 2016.