Diana Abbani is a historian writing on the social and cultural history in the Levant and a EUME fellow of the Fritz Thyssen foundation at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin. She received her doctorate in Arabic Studies from Sorbonne University, and holds double masters in History and Political Science from Sorbonne University and the University of Saint Denis in Paris. Her research concentrates on music, memory and language. She is currently preparing a book that examines the impact of the emergence of the music industry and the entertainment world on local societies in the Levant region. She particularly focuses on alternative narratives and women singers, to uncover the forgotten stories of those affected by sound transitions, global encounters, and local struggles.