Call for Papers for Special Issue


Volume 37 – Number 2


Modernization and Music


Guest Editor 

Prof. Dr. Namık Sinan TURAN

(Istanbul University, Department of Political Science and International Relations)


Guest Assistant Editor

Ass. Prof. Bilen ISIKTAS

(Istanbul University State Conservatory, Department of Musicology)



Deadline for Article Submissions

November 30, 2016


First published in 1917, The Turkish Journal of Sociology is a publication of the Department of Sociology of the Istanbul University Faculty of Letters, the first and leading sociology department in Turkey. The Turkish Journal of Sociology is a peer-reviewed, triannually published journal covered by international indexes such as ProQuest CSA Sociological Abstracts and EBSCO SocINDEX (for further information, see

The three issues of Turkish Journal of Sociology to appear in 2017 will address the relation of music and society, the first issue focusing on music and society in classical cultures (edited by Assistant Prof. Ekin Oyken), and third focusing one on the concepts and their limits in the sociology of music (edited by Prof. Dr. Ali Ergur).

The main topic of this second issue is the relationship between modernization and music. In other words, it is planned to focus on traces left on music by modernization. The modernization is the story of a totally new life approach produced by 19th century industry. It is a comprehensive transformation, which forms the socio-cultural texture come into being based on this new life.

While the face of traditional society changes, a traumatic and painful period has been experienced. Modernization produces diverse understandings of time and place, and creates deep-rooted changes in understandings of individual and world. Sadullah Pasha’s, who is one of the influencing poets of Tanzimat period, following lines demonstrate the painful transformation of social system of values. “The basis of the old knowledge collapsed; nobody knows anymore about the famous Rome, Arabia, Egypt or Herat.” These lines display openly the individual trauma as a result of the rupture from the traditional way of life. The modernization cannot be reduced to one single variable. Among the most significant dimensions of modernization are industrialization, urbanization, increase in literacy, widespread mass media and transportation, growing interest in political affairs and social mobility. As analyzed by Habermas, modernization expresses the whole of processes going with each other and having growing influence. The roots of Ottoman-Turkish modernization go back to 18th century. The revision of military and political institutions was accompanied by the transformation of cultural institutions and by new trends of architecture, literature and music.

Music identified with the hearing experience is the audial material of the hearing ability. However sometimes music is not taken as a thought activity and its social role is ignored. Music symbolizes the ability of conceptual abstraction. Therefore the transformation of the inner system of music has to be analyzed by interdisciplinary studies. The agenda of socio-historical conditions of each culture gives meaning to its own music. So, music goes beyond being an art, which uses audial material just by instrumentalizing it. This functional dimension gives it various duties and music is influenced by social changes.

Turkish Journal of Sociology deals in this issue with the relationship between modernization and music, which can be observed not only in Turkey from Ottoman period to the complete Republican period, but also in a general sense in a broader scope.

Papers can address, but are certainly not limited to, the following topics:

  • Relationship between modernization, social change and music
  • Role and mission of music according to the concept of “invention of tradition”
  • Musical expressions of modernization experiences in various geographies
  • Musical reflections of Ottoman-Turk modernization
  • Relationship between modernization and music in the Balkans and Europe
  • Relationship between modernization and music in the Middle East (Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iran etc.)
  • Transformation of modern musical performance platforms (concert, recital, record etc.)
  • Individualization and virtuosity as musical expressions of modernization
  • Identity of modern music performer
  • Modern musical esthetics
  • Musical life between tradition and modernity

Manuscripts should be submitted in English through Work submitted for potential inclusion must be a complete manuscript that adheres to the Turkish Journal of Sociology’s submission requirements, which may be found on the journal’s official website: For further questions regarding the issue please contact with Prof. Dr. Namık Sinan Turan at or with Bilen ISIKTAS, Ph.D. at You are kindly requested to direct your technical questions to: