Musical Functions in Turkey and 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 8 reveals the functions of Turkish folk music (performances) in Turkey and Ghent, as experienced and worded by performers, listeners, and commissioners. Additionally, an outlook on the genre’s status and value as perceived and articulated by the informants is provided. The identified musical functions cluster into a personal, social, and cultural field – with the intersections personal-social and social-cultural –, complemented by a philosophical-spiritual, and ritual field, the latter combining aspects from all other fields.

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Sels, Liselotte. Musical Functions in Turkey and Ghent. Turkish Folk Music between Ghent and Turkey - Context, Performance, Function. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2021. ISBN 9781781799499. Date accessed: 14 Apr 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39624. Sep 2021

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