CFP: Music and Cultural Studies Conference in Istanbul on May 12, 2016

MUSICULT ‘16 Music and Cultural Studies Conferenceorganized by ITU (Istanbul Technical University) / Turkish Music State Conservatory (BISED HALL) an DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center), will take place in Cezayir Conference Halls on May 13-14, 2016 

All presented papers are going to be published in the proceedings e-book with an ISBN number before the conference and will be given to you in a DVD box. After the conference, Journal of Musicology (ISSN 2147-2807), published by the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory Musicology Department is going to prepare a special issue of selected papers. In addition to this, all papers will be available online at DAKAM's digital library.


MUSICULT ‘16 Conference has a also a special focus this year: The correlation between music, sound and space. While different understandings of space can be traced back to Aristotle and Plato, spatiality has now become one of the key concepts in cultural studies and art. It is also claimed that postmodern era has engendered with the transformation of time and space relations. Considering that space is both an interior and an exterior constituent of music,  it is obvious that organization of space is not only one of the primary aesthetic issues but also an issue of relationality between the people who share those certain moments. Thus the studies focusing on the correlation between music, sound and space reach from theoretical conceptualizations to performance studies and cultural memory studies. 

Now in it's third year MUSICULT ‘16 Conference in general 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.

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 cases. 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.

We welcome all the participants across the globe to attend the MUSICULT '15 Conference.

List of Accepted Abstracts until February 18

Anna Ibañez. Classical music as a cultural artifact in Spanish Society. An analytical study through the circuit of culture
Bahman Namvar Motlagh and Maryam Pirdehghan. A comparative-analytical study of the dominant thoughts over the eastern painting-music traditions
Maria Athanassiou. The soft power of the Modern Greek poetry set to music. Some examples.
Amir Taheri Dehkordi, Khorshid Pouyan, Farnaz Taheri Motlaq and Mitra Jahandideh. Evaluation of

Conference Concerts: Kapiko and Dilan Çıtak

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. After just a short period of time, the mixture of sounds resulting from this collaboration, a smooth combination of sounds from Anatolian and the Balkans and Central European sounds with influences from jazz and even baroque music, had proven itself to be addictive. Together with Neyzen Özsarı on Bass and Mertcan Bilgin on drums,


Keynote Speakers: Professor Bruno Nettl

Bruno Nettl (b. Prague, Czechoslovakia, 14 March 1930) is an active ethnomusicologist and musicologist. Bruno Nettl was born in Czechoslovakia in 1930, moved to United States in 1939, studied at Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and has taught since 1964 at the University of Illinois, where he is Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthropology, continuing to teach part-time. Active principally in the field of ethnomusicology, he has done field research with Native American peoples (1960s and 1980s, see Blackfoot music), in Iran (1966, 1968–69, 1972, 1974), and in South India (1981-2). He has served as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology and as editor of its journal, Ethnomusicology. 

Keynote Speakers: Professor Martin Stokes


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 gave the Bloch Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley.