Layan Nijem 

Jaap Kunst Sound Collection, Project Assistant

Layan Nijem is a graduate student of cultural musicology at the University of Amsterdam. She is interested in sound as a way of knowing, steering away from Western epistemology and its reliance on historical written text. By engaging with sound recordings, her research investigates the dynamics of cultural memory and the politics of narrative in relation to identity formation, sovereignty and cultural agencies. Since 2019, Layan has been a student assistant working in the Jaap Kunst Sound Collection under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Titus. Apart from research, Layan holds a Bachelor of Music in classical Viola performance from Conservatorium Maastricht.