Symposium 2016










2nd International Music and Dance Studies Symposium titled as "Memory and Cultural Heritage" will be held by Karadeniz Technical University State Conservatory between the dates of 18-22 October, 2016 at KTU Prof. Dr. Osman Turan Culture and Congress Centre in Trabzon, Turkey.

The aim of the symposium is to create a communication bridge between the researchers from various countries, traditions and disciplines as well as enable interdisciplinary studies. Many scientists, academics and musicians in social sciences, music and related disciplines from Turkey and other countries participated in the 1st International Music Studies Symposium titled as "Music and Cultural Texture" which was held by KTU State Conservatory in 2012. This time, we aim to broaden the content of the symposium in music and dance studies.

Music and dance which are two of the most effective tools in the analysis of society appear as important expressions of construction and transmission of the cultural identity.Because of that point of view, symposium is entitled as "Memory and Cultural Heritage".

Culture, memory, heritage and identity concepts are considered as intertwined with each other, therefore culture is a concept linked to a collective memory and tradition. Cultural memory is one of the most important factors in the transmission of common values, habits and lifestyles in society. Especially when it is considered in terms of music and dance performances, the close relationship between memory and cultural heritage is remarkable and addressed with interdisciplinary approach in recent years.

In this context, the main topic of the symposium is "Memory and Cultural Heritage" in the relationship between music and dance with all the social and cultural structures, to be discussed and evaluated by scientists.



Studies in music and dance archives, multimedia library and protection of music and dancing materials

Migration and diaspora studies

Social and cultural change

Iconography and music writing

Cultural memory in terms of music and dance psychology

Cultural identity and identity studies

Ideology in music and dance historiography

Popular culture and cultural memory


The scope of the symposium is not limited to the above subtitles.

Participation is possible in all topics that associated with "Memory and Cultural Heritage".

The language of the symposium is Turkish and / or English.


Requirements for paper abstracts: Abstracts should be limited to 250-300 words and include the related keywords. The presentations will be accepted in the form of paper, panel and poster.

Paper: It is kindly requested that the paper abstracts written with the specified subjects under the main topic and subtitles along by filling the application form for abstract on the web site to be sent to symposium e-mail address till deadline. For each paper 20 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes of discussion, a total of 30 minutes will be assigned.

Panel: A panel presentation will be also available at the symposium. For the panels, a director is required whom should apply by stating the subject and participants. The panelists should be limited to 4 people including the director. For each panel 100 minutes will be assigned to all speeches and discussions. The panelists must separately submit a paper abstract of their speech within the scope of the panel. Panel director should send the required information and paper abstracts of panelists along by filling the panel application form to symposium e-mail address.

Poster presentation: Poster presentation will be available only for PhD and master students for the purpose of introducing their dissertations during the symposium. Poster presentation will be exhibited on the boards at specific hours which the Organization Board will priorly determine and announce. The poster abstracts, written according to the abstract spelling rules, to be sent by filling the application form for abstract. Size of the poster should be 80cm X 100cm (Vertical-Portrait). The title of the poster must be capitalized and aligned to centre. Name and surname of the author should be written with black and bold letters just under the title; author’s institute and city details must be placed under the name. Figures and diagrams can take place on poster text. The text size should minimum be 20 type size. The references can be smaller sized. As type font Times New Roman should be preferred.

Important Dates:

Deadline for Abstract Submission:

1st April, 2016

Declaration of Accepted Abstracts:

2nd May, 2016

Deadline for the Payment of Participation Fees:

15th August - 15th September, 2016

Early payment -150TL/50€ - Student 100 TL/30€

16th September, 2016 and later

Late payment - 200TL/65€ - Student 150 TL/50€

Announcement of the Symposium Program:

26th September, 2016

Symposium Date:
18-22 October, 2016

Deadline for Full Text Submission:

15th January, 2017

Organization Co-Heads:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdullah Akat
Asst. Prof. Dr. Merve Eken-Küçükaksoy

Res. Assist. Emrah Ergene                  

Symposium web site:


Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. Jim Samson (UK)

Prof. Dr. Lars-Christian Koch (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Öcal Özbilgin (Turkey)

Prof. Dr. Razia Sultanova (UK)

Prof. Dr. Rusudan Tsurtsumia (Georgia)

Prof. Dr. Selena Rakocevic (Serbia)

Prof. Songül Karahasanoğlu (Turkey)

Prof. Şefika Şehvar Beşiroğlu (Turkey)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdullah Akat (Turkey)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Tan (Turkey)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Belma Kurtişoğlu (Turkey)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gonca Girgin (Turkey)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Uğur Türkmen (Turkey)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Merve Eken Küçükaksoy (Turkey)

Dr. Caroline Bithell (UK)

Dr. Hande Sağlam (Austria)

Dr. Susanne Ziegler (Germany)

Organization Committee

Prof. Dr. Osman Bektaş

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdullah Akat

Asst. Prof. Dr. Merve Eken Küçükaksoy

Asst. Prof. Ayşegül Ergene

Asst. Prof. Tuncer Önder

Lecturer Dr. Alper Akgül

Res. Assist. Emrah Ergene

Instructor İlhan Barutcu

Instructor Eylem Derçin

Instructor Mustafa Aydın

Instructor Murat Burçin Derçin