The 14th International Symposium celebrates the 40th anniversary of Hisarlı Ahmet’s death, this time with the theme Memory, Space and Music, organically associated with his folk music heritage.
Symbol of Kütahya city, Hisalı Ahmet is directly related to the concepts of memory and space by performing local folk songs in an original style, faithfully preserving their essence and propagating the vitality of the regional tradition.
The relation of memory and space can be done from various perspectives, as both concepts exist in distint contexts, and they represent aspects of our undestanding and interprepretation of the world we interact with. However, with Industry 4.0, all the boundaries of the concepts of memory and space, from the conditions of storing and transmitting information to the spatial perceptions determined by virtual environments, entered a continuous process of change. Contrasting the solid world, well-defined structures and stable social institutions of the past; the period in which we live according to Zygmunt Bauman is defined as liquid modernity, marked by change, uncertainty and instability.
Following the tradition of focusing on human and society, the 14th International Hisarlı Ahmet Symposium is honored to invite all academics to investigate how music and musicians act and adapt in the liquid world of human life, and how they interact in within the vast concepts of memory and space.