Zeynep Bulut is a Lecturer in Music at Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to joining Queen’s, she was an Early Career Lecturer in Music at King’s College London (2013-2017), and Research Fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry (2011-2013). She received her Ph.D. in Critical Studies/Experimental Practices in Music from the University of California at San Diego (2011), M.A. in Visual Arts Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University (2002) and B.A. in Sociology from Bogazici University, Istanbul (2000). She also studied opera in the State Conservatory of Mimar Sinan University (1996-1999), and ethnomusicology in MIAM (Centre for Advanced Studies in Music) at Istanbul Technical University (2003-2005). Situated in the fields of experimental music, voice and sound studies, Zeynep’s scholarly and creative work examines the emergence, embodiment and mediation of voice as skin. She is currently writing her first manuscript, entitled, Building a Voice: Sound, Surface, Skin. Her articles have appeared in various volumes and journals including Perspectives of New Music, Postmodern Culture, and Music and Politics. Alongside her scholarly work, she has also exhibited sound works, and composed and performed vocal pieces for concert, video and theatre.
Research Interests and Teaching:
Zeynep’s research interests include voice and embodiment, sound art and sound studies, psychoanalysis and digital culture, historical epistemologies of hearing, anthropology of senses and affect, deaf performance and culture, music and medicine, and voice and speech disorders in the history of science and medicine.
Zeynep offers courses on contemporary music, sound art, theories of voice, auditory culture, and popular music. Her specialty courses include Bodies Matters Soundscapes, Voice in Environment, Experimental Pop and Disco Culture. Zeynep also welcomes PhD students in the areas of voice, sound studies, European avant-garde and American experimental music.
Academic Service and Public Engagement:
At the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Zeynep initiated and co-convened the symposium Resonant Bodies: Landscapes of Acoustic Tension with Claudia Peppel (ICI Berlin) and Brandon LaBelle (Bergen Academy of Art and Design). Resonant Bodies (2013) included keynotes, panels, exhibition and a performance. Hosted by the ICI Berlin, the symposium was funded by and realized in cooperation with the Volkswagen Foundation. At King's College London, she co-convened a one day symposium, Habits and Spirits: Sound, Place, and Technology, with Brendan Thornton (UNC), and a two-day event, False Alarm: Aurality, Errancy and Voice. Habits and Spirits (2016) was a collaboration between the Department of Music at King's and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and supported by King's College Fund. False Alarm (2016) included panels, talks, and a concert. A collaborative event, False Alarm was supported by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Department of Music at King's College London and the Department of Media and Computing (MetaGesture Music project) at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Recently, Zeynep's project initiative, Map A Voice, is awarded with a Collaborative Innovation Grant for Early Career Researchers at King’s College London. This project is a collaboration between Department of Music at King's College London and Department of Media and Computing & Rapid-Mix at Goldsmiths, University of London. It is supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s as part of the Early Career Researchers scheme. The project aims to explore the sonic and social interactions between human voice and physical environment. Currently in progress, Map a Voice will be further developed at SARC.