Conference Concert: KAPIKO BAND on May 15, 17:45

KAPİKO was founded in early 2012 by the Turkish kaval player Batuhan Aydın and the Austrian compser/pianist Nikolaus Grill. Aydın and Grill first met working on a project for Istanbul Technical University's Turkish Music State Conservatory. In the sequel Aydın and Grill decided to continue to work together. 

Martin Stokes' Lecture has been cancelled

We regret to inform that Martin Stokes will not be able to attend the conference due to personal reasons.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Martin Stokes and Professor Orhan Tekelioğlu



Martin Stokes is the incoming King Edward Professor of Music. He studied first music, then social anthropology at Oxford. He taught at The Queen's University of Belfast (1989-1997), The University of Chicago (1997-2007) and Oxford University (2007-2012). He was a Howard Foundation Fellow at the Chicago Humanities Institute in 2002-3. He has been a visiting professor at Bogazici University in Istanbul on two occasions, and currently holds an honorary professorship in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen. In 2013 he will be giving the Bloch Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley.
















Orhan Tekelioğlu is a scholar of cultural sociology who focuses on culture and identities, media consumption, the history of Turkish popular music, the sociological features of Turkish literature, and the cultural politics of the Republican period. He holds a PhD degree in Sociology from the Middle Eastern Technical University in Ankara and a Magisterartium degree in Sociology from the University of Oslo. Currently, he is Chair of the Department of New Media at Bahçeşehir University of İstanbul. He conducts field studies on migratory identities, popular television narratives, and on the cultural history of jazz and popular music in Turkey. Dr.Tekelioglu has published articles in Turkish and English and presented his research in national and international congresses.

MUSICULT '14 Conference

Culture in general and its effects on music, composition and important turning points in the history of music has always been one of the major discussions of the music studies. Art institutions, economic status of the composer, the question of audience, financial support for music and censorship are some of the main subtopics of this correlation.

The hidden or obvious relationship between the daily life, culture and artistic works which can be observed at various case. From daily life to the fashion, from new technologies to moral value judgments, from economy to the philosophical questions, the activity of the artistic subject and the audience can be observed as layers in constant interaction.


The MUSICULT ‘14 Conference aims to trace the tracks of the dialectic correlation between music and culture. Artistic crops of this correlation from the very ancient roots of the communication with sound to the contemporary state are among the field of interest of the conference. During the conference and within the context of culture and identity, well-known periods and moments of the history of music in the all possible meanings, forms and genres will be brought to the agenda and new areas of interest, that will be revealed by this perspective, will be explored on the basis of the main focus point as “Local versus Universal”. 


The question and discussions on being local or/and universal seems to be able to become a key guiding on the sophisticated and multifaceted wildwood of music as part of culture and vice versa.

MUSICULT ‘14 Music and Cultural Studies Conference, hosted by ITU (Istanbul Technical University) / Turkish Music State Conservatory (BISED HALL) and organized by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center), will take place from 15th to 17th of May 2014.