Aim and Scope

The affections of soundscapes created by Antonio Vivaldi (The Four Seasons), the impressions imagined by Claude Debussy (Footsteps in the Snow), the mimesis of the ornithological sound records by Olivier Messiaen (Oiseaux Exotiques), the Altai-Sayan ecoregion expressed by Sainkho Namtchylak (Stepmother City) show that climate is present in the spectrum of styles and music history. Geographical characteristics, ecosystems and themes related to sets of specific atmospheric conditions that exert influence on the life are references observed in musical inspiration, that trigger thoughts and emotions in the listener.

However, this source of environmentalist incitement drastically change in the twenty-first century. Caused by overexploration and greenhouse gases-based economy, the planet Earth faces a climate emergency that is accelerating faster than scientists expected*, and whose situation may be irreversible for the next generations of the human societies**. Climate change entered the list of major global problems becoming subject and clause of world politic meetings (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement, World Economic Forum). Efforts to mitigate and adapt for the impacts of the climate change should not be seen as a mere environmental problem, as it will be implemented with radical changes in the lifestyle and behavioural of humanity.

Following the tradition of focusing on human and society established for over a decade (Acculturation in a Changing Society, Music Perception, Where is Music Heading for?, Music and City, Sound-Timbre-Perception, Music and Therapy, Media and Technology, Music Theory, Music in Human Life, New Tendencies in Music) the Hisarlı Ahmet Symposium determines Music and Climate as the edition of the year 2022 .

Aims to face one of the greatest global challenges, seeking to understand the role of musicians in the face of climate problems and how music can help in this intergenerational change, the 12th Hisarlı Ahmet International Symposium are honored to invite all academitians to contribute in a multidisciplinary approach reinforcing critical communication within and across disciplines.

*Ripple, W. J., et al (2021). World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2021, BioScience, Vol. 70/1, 8-12

**Steffenet, W., et al (2018). Trajectories of Earth System in the Anthropocene, Procedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115, 8252-8259


  • category Acoustic Ecology, Soundscape Studies and Music
  • category Anthropocene Era
  • category Audience Behavior on Music and Climate
  • category Applied Ethnomusicology
  • category Archaeomusicology
  • category Artistic Individual Differences on Music and Climate
  • category Binaural Waves and Meditation
  • category Biomusicology
  • category Carbon Footprint and Art
  • category Climate and Plastic Arts Relationship
  • category Cosmology and Geography in Music
  • category Ecomusicology
  • category Environmental Activism and Music
  • category Environmental Sound Sources in Composition
  • category Environmental Issues and Contemporary Art
  • category Ethnography and Sound Records
  • category Formation and Development of Different Musical Environments
  • category Garbage and Art
  • category Global Issues and Music
  • category Global Warming and Social Media
  • category Innovative Technology in Musical Instruments Making
  • category Landscape, Architecture, Design and Music
  • category Memory, Space and Music
  • category Migration and Musicians
  • category Museum and Collector of Music
  • category Music and Impact of Climate Change for Consumer Behavior
  • category Music and Technology Answering to the Global Issues
  • category Music Education in Climate Awareness
  • category Musicians in Global Changes
  • category Nature Noises in Music
  • category Political Environment and Music
  • category Pro-Social Behaviors on Music and Climate Change
  • category Natural Disasters in Song and Music
  • category Ornithological Recordings
  • category Perspectives on Sonic Environments
  • category Responses in Music to Climate Change
  • category Role of Music Education Institutions
  • category Sustainability Education and Music
  • category Sustainability of Music Cultures
  • category Sustainability in Art
  • category Zoomusicology

The Symposium Gallery

  • Visiting the symposium with 19 Rectors accompanying him, YÖK President Prof. Dr. Erol ÖZVAR, together with the symposium team in the hall...
  • The presentation ceremony of the Paper Kemenche made by Ceyhun Demir (at the left), to the President of Council of Turkey's Higher Education
  • Opening Ceremony of The Symposium
  • From the speaking at the symposium opening ceremony (Mr. Ali ÇELİK, Governer of Kutahya)
  • The Concert of Symposium Opening Ceremony (Sedat Çılgın (Baglama) - İlter Cebeci (Guitar))
  • Background of Broadcast for Symposium Panels :)
  • Secretariat
  • At the bus station to see the chairman of the symposium off with a ceremony :))
  • A photograph from presentations (session 15)
  • Mr. Erkan Tarhan, Deputy Director General of Fine Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, is together with the students of Kütahya Ahmet Yakupoğlu Fine Arts High School, who participated in the symposium exhibition.
  • Kütahya Mayor, Mr. Alim Işık (left, standing), holding the hand of Hisarlı Ahmet's son Mustafa Hisarlı and Mustafa's wife


Click to download the proceedings as a .pdf file


Click to download the program as a .pdf file / A4 paper, 6 pages

Abstracts Book

Click to download the abstracts book as a .pdf file

Activities Calendar

Click to download the calendar as a .pdf file / A3 paper, 2 pages

Invited Speakers

İhsan Çiçek
Oksana Dobzhanskaya
Aaron S. Allen
Abdurrahman Ekinci

Panel/Round Table

Chair of Scientific Board


Scientific Committee

Lilian Maria Tonella TÜZÜN (Chair)

Anadolu University (Turkey)

Aaron S. ALLEN

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USA)


Dokuz Eylül University (Turkey)


Ankara Music and Fine Arts University (Turkey)


Hacettepe University (Turkey)


Karabük University (Turkey)


Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (Turkey)

Havva IŞIK

Akdeniz University (Turkey)


Ankara University (Turkey)

Junrong BAN

Nanjing University (People's Republic of China)


Rzeszow University (Poland)


Bologna Music Conservatory Giovan Battista (Italy)

Mauricio Funcia De BONIS

São Paulo State University (Brazil)


Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (Turkey)

Mim Kemal ÖKE

İstanbul Ticaret University (Turkey)


Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts (Russia)


Retired Lecturer (Hacettepe University) (Turkey)

Thank You For Your Contribution

  • Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Mehmet Nuri Ersoy
  • Governor of Kütahya, Mr. Ali Çelik
  • Mayor of Kütahya, Prof. Dr. Alim Işık
  • Rector of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Prof.Dr. Sedat Murat
  • Rector of Afyon Kocatepe University, Prof.Dr. Mehmet Karakaş
  • Rector of Dulumpınar University, Prof.Dr. Kazım Uysal
  • Rector of Kütahya Health Sciences University, Prof.Dr. Vural Kavuncu
  • Rector of Anadolu University, Prof.Dr. Fuat Erdal
  • Director of Kütahya Provincial of National Education, Mr. Hasan Başyiğit
  • President of Kütahya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. İsmet Özotraç
  • Director of Kütahya Provincial Culture and Tourism, Mr. Zekeriya Ünal
  • Director of Kütahya Municipality's Culture and Social Affairs, Mr. Yıldırım Akgül
  • Director of Kütahya Regional Forestry, Mr. Hasan Keskin
  • Director of Kütahya Environment, Urbanisation and Climate Change, Mr. İsmail Çatlatan
  • Director of Kütahya Ahmet Yakupoğlu Fine Arts High School, Mr. Mustafa Demir
  • Executive Board of Kütahya Fine Arts Association
  • Executive Board of Afyon Kocatepe University State Conservatory
  • Executive Board of Afyon Kocatepe University Alumni Association
  • Çatık Mining Company, Mr. İsmet Çatık (MAIN SPONSOR)
  • Delen Trade Company Inc., Mr. Nihat Delen
  • Kaşi Ahmet Tile Ceramic Company, Mr. Ahmet Özmutaf
  • Kırdar Bilgiören College
  • İzge Publication
  • Başkent Music Store
  • Kütahya Ekspres Newspaper