Zeynep Bulut

    Zeynep Bulut


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    Research Statement

    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, titled, 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. Bulut has held visiting research positions at the Music Department of King's College London (September 2017-2020), and at the Max Planck Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics” (July-September 2018). She is sound review editor for Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and project lead for the collaborative research initiative “Map A Voice.”
    Research Interests and Teaching: 
    Zeynep’s research interests include voice and embodiment, sound and new media art, epistemologies and technologies of hearing and speech, psychoanalysis and affect, digital media and culture, 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 and sound studies, theories of voice, auditory culture, and popular music. Her specialty courses include Bodies Matters Soundscapes, Voice with Environment, Experimental Pop and Disco Culture. Zeynep also welcomes PhD students in the areas of voice, sound studies, sound art, 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. 
    For more information, please visit: http://www.mapavoice.co.uk



    Articles and chapters in edited books and academic journals:

    Last Breath, Sensing Life,” Oxford Handbook of Sound Art, Eds. Jane Grant, John Matthias, and David Prior, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

    “Planes, Walls, and Bits of Sound: Healing a voice,” Special issue on voice. Eds. J. Martin Daughtry and Clara Latham. Music and Politics, X.2 (Summer, 2016).

    “Anonymous Voice, Sound and Indifference,” Einstein on the Beach: Opera beyond Drama. Eds. Jelena Novak and John Richardson. London: Ashgate, forthcoming.

    “Silence and Speech in Lecture on Nothing and Phonophonie,” Voice Matters. Eds. Nina Sun Eidsheim and Annette Schlichter. Postmodern Culture 24.3 (May 2014).

    “Singing and a song: The intimate difference in Susan Philipsz’s Lowlands,” Gestures of Music Theatre: The Performativity of Song and Dance. Eds. Millie Taylor and Dominic Symonds. Oxford: Oxford University Press, January 2014, 179-190.

    “Theorizing Voice in Performance: György Ligeti’s Aventures,” Perspectives of New Music. Volume 48, No 1, Winter 2010, 44-65.

    “Revisiting the phenomenon of sound as ‘empty container’: The Acoustic Imagination in Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonata,” Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Auditory Display, New-Digital Arts Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2009, 1-7.

    “The Problem of Archiving Sound Works,” UCLA’s Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology. Volume 11, Winter 2006, 1-16.

    Reviews and Other Articles:

    Young, Miriama. Singing the Body Electric: The Human Voice And Sound Technology (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015) Twentieth Century Music 13.1 (Spring 2016).

    Bernhart, Walter & Lawrence Kramer (Eds.) On Voice (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014) Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies Volume 1. Issue 2 (May 2016).

    Lucier, Alvin. Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music (Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2012) Critical Studies in Improvisation, forthcoming.

    “Cage and Care” in Dirty Ear Report #1, edited by Brandon LaBelle, Berlin, Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, July 2016.

    “A vibration meant-to be,” LOUD Silence, Exhibition Catalog No 19, Gallery at CALIT (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology), University of California, San Diego, edited and curated by Amanda Cachia, 2015, 42-51.


    Recent Talks (2014-2018)

    "A Case of Tactile Speech," Social Acoustics Series, moderated by Brandon LaBelle. Errant Sound, Berlin, 19 August 2018. 

     “Voicing Infrasound,” Sensing the sonic: vibratory histories of hearing differently (1800-now), convened by Melissa Van Drie and Melle Kromhout with the support of the European Research Council Project “Sound and Materialism in the 19th century” directed by David Trippett. Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge (UK), 15-16 June 2018.  

    “Her Voice,” The Audible Spectrum: Sound Studies, Hearing Culture and Sound Art,” organised by the Cité de la musique/Philharmonie de Paris and the H2H LABEX Research project “The factory of sound arts” (University of Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint-Denis). Convened by Bastien Gallet, Stéphane Roth, Matthieu Saladin, 7-9 June 2018.

     “A thread from passion to indifference”. Rainy Days Festival Conference, convened by Lydia Rilling and Friederike Wißmann. Rainy Days Festival, Philharmonie Luxembourg, 17 November 2017.

    “Waste, Voice, Recycling: The Waste Land and Environmental Dialogue,” Research Colloquium, Department of Music, University of Oxford, 2 May 2017.

    Last Breath, Sensing Life,” Research Seminar, Department of Music and Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, 8 March 2017.

    “The Volume of Christine Sun Kim’s Nap Disturbance,” Space and Sonic Identities Seminar Series, convened by the Bartlett Sound Making Space Doctoral Network, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, 2 March 2017.

    Guest Lecturer, “Feedback Loops: Walks, Talks, Avatars,” Research Seminars in Music Technology and Sound Art, convened by Federico Reuben, Department of Music, University of York, 1 June 2016.

    “Words, Sounds, Affects: Formation of Nonsense,” Symbolisation, Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, organized by Lesley Caldwell, Psychoanalysis Unit, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, 6 May 2016.

    Guest Speaker/Respondent, Bodies That Matter, Exhibition and Research Soirée of the MA Sound Arts at London College of Communication, UAL, curated by Irene Revell, convened by Thomas Gardner, Flat Time House Gallery, London, UK, 7 December 2015.

    Panelist, Listening Through an Intense Beam of Darkness, panel discussion on Seth Ayyaz’s exhibition, Listening Through an Intense Beam of Darkness, included in the project, fig-2, curated by Fatos Ustek, joined by Fatos Ustek, Seth Ayyaz, Lisa Skuret, and Erik Nystörm, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 5 December 2015.

    “On Building a Voice,” Embodied Sound: Symposium and Performance, curated by Guy Harries and supported by the Centre for Performing Arts Development, University of East London, London, UK, 13 May 2015.

    “Wireless Encounters: Weather calls Voices in Noises,” Voices and Noises: A Sound Studies Day organized and presented by the Audiovisualities Lab at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, Durham, USA, 27 March 2015.

    “In Transit: Electrical Walks and the Urban Noise,” Hearing Landscape Critically: Music, Place, and the Spaces of Sound, organized by the Hearing Landscape Critically network, Harvard University, Boston, USA, 14-16 January 2015.

    “Lowlands: Matters of Song and Hearing of a Voice,” Voice, Memory, Song: A Symposium, in conjunction with the Residency of Ian Bostridge, 2014-2015 Humanitas Professor of Classical Music and Music Education, organized by Jason Stanyek and Laura Tunbridge, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 21 November 2014.

    Sound Studies, Ecomusicology, and Post-humanism in/for/with Ethnomusicology, panelist in the roundtable session conceived by Dr. Allen Roda, Annual Meeting of the Society of Ethnomusicology, Pittsburgh, USA, 13-16 November 2014.



    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Voice, Experimental Music, Sound and Media Art

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    Frequent Journals

    • Music and Politics

      ISSNs: 1938-7687


    • Postmodern Culture

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1053-1920

      Johns Hopkins University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.08 SJR 0.111 SNIP 0.211


    • Perspectives of New Music

      ISSNs: 0031-6016

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2325-7180

      Perspectives of New Music

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.13 SJR 0.102 SNIP 0


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