Experience of a City: Multisensorial Approaches to Past and Present
Monday, 30 May 2022, 10:30–17:30 UTC +3 (Istanbul Time)
Orient-Institut Istanbul Online Workshop Series

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Registration Information
The workshop will take place online via Zoom. To attend this online workshop, prior registration is necessary: Please send an email specifying your name and academic affiliation to events@oiist.net by Friday, May 27, 2022 at the latest. For technical reasons, the number of participants is limited. You will be informed about the organizational and technical procedure before the beginning of the workshop.

This workshop series aims to bring together approaches from musicology, historical ethnography, anthropology of religion and cultural studies in exploring experiences of the city. Moving away from ocularcentrism, we wish to enquire into the city’s past and its present as a multisensorial experience. How do sound, smell, taste, touch, and the involvement of other senses, happen to be vital in cultural practices of dwelling and movement? How was the city heard in the past? How is it remembered in terms of smell? How can we hear or feel touched by what is present or absent? And what research practices can grasp such sensations? Istanbul, for centuries known as »the City«, is both the place where this online workshop is hosted and a point of reference and return for the conversation we are looking forward to. The workshop series will open up a forum for exchange between eminent scholars and younger researchers. With a keynote by anthropologist and musicologist Peter McMurray (University of Cambridge), the first workshop of the series on May 30, 2022 will focus on auralities, senses and atmospheres in Istanbul, past and present.


Programme UTC +3 (Istanbul Time)

10:30 – 10.45
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Richard Wittmann (Orient-Institut Istanbul, Acting Director)
PD Dr. Judith I. Haug (Orient-Institut Istanbul, Acting Deputy Director & Head of Research Field Music in the Ottoman Empire and in Turkey)

10.45 – 11.45
Keynote Lecture
Sound, Asleep: Listening to Istanbul Dreamscapes
Peter Mc Murray (Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge)

11.45 – 12.00 Coffee Break

12.00 – 12.30
The Loss of Keramet: Changing Atmosphere of Alevi Rituals in Dersim and Istanbul
Martin Greve (Orient-Institut Istanbul)

12.30 – 13.00
“Did We Come Here to Pray?”: Sonic Atmospheres of Romani Wedding Ceremonies
Burcu Yaşin (Concordia University, Edmonton /Canada)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:30
Fenni Bir Ucube – A Scientific Oddity”: Talking Machines of Late Ottoman Istanbul
Onur Engin (Koç University, Istanbul)

14.30 – 15.00
Listening to Modernity in Late Ottoman Istanbul: Noise and Pleasure in the Urban Soundscape
Jacob Olley (Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge)

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.00
Sound and Temporality in Late Ottoman Urban Space
Nazan Maksudyan (Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin)

16.00 – 17.00
Impulse Lecture
Soundscapes on the Ottoman Bosphorus
Tülay Artan (Sabancı University, Istanbul)

17.00 – 17.30
Closing remarks & Wrap up
Esther Voswinckel Filiz, Salih Demirtaş (Orient-Institut Istanbul)