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Jonathan Hollis is a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at Illinois. His research focuses on Armenian musicians who were expelled from Azerbaijan due to ethnic violence, and the politicization of the musical genre of mugham, a genre with deep historical and spiritual importance in the region. In particular, he writes on the history of music-making in Baku's Armenian community, as well as how attitudes toward mugham music have been affected by past (and very recent) wars. His work combines oral history interviews, archival research, and applied instruction on playing mugham on the duduk, the most important and emotionally powerful Armenian instrument. His research has been supported by the American Research Institute in the South Caucasus, the National Association for Armenian Studies Research, and American Councils for International Education. He also thanks UIUC REEEC for their support of his Russian and Armenian language study through the Title VI FLAS program.