Brief History of Turkish Music in Ghent

Turkish Folk Music Between Ghent and Turkey - Context, Performance, Function - Liselotte Sels

Liselotte Sels [+-]
AP University College Antwerp
Liselotte Sels is a researcher and research coordinator at AP University College Antwerp. She received her PhD in Art Science from Ghent University in 2014. In 2015, she worked as a postdoctoral visiting researcher at UC Santa Barbara, supported by a BAEF fellowship. Recent publications include the book chapter “Mixing Multiple Tracks: Migration, Diaspora and Transcultural Music in Flanders” in Made in the Low Countries (Routledge, 2017) and the article “EMRUZ | Nieuwe muziek in Iran” in FORUM+ (2018). Liselotte is active as a harpsichordist, (forte)pianist, and continuo player.


Chapter 1 outlines the historical context of Turkish labour migration to Belgium, and gives an overview of the history of Turkish music in Ghent, focusing on both individual people and institutions, and identifying transnational or parallel evolutions. This chapter draws from immersion, participant-observation, informal conversation, semi-structured interviews, complemented by online sources, written documents, recordings, and pictures.

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Sels, Liselotte. Brief History of Turkish Music in Ghent. Turkish Folk Music Between Ghent and Turkey - Context, Performance, Function. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Apr 2021. ISBN 9781781799499. Date accessed: 08 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39617. Apr 2021

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