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


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Thank You For Your Contribution

  • Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy
  • Governor of Kütahya, 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 Dulumpinar University, Prof.Dr. Kazım Uysal
  • Rector of Kütahya Health Sciences University, Prof.Dr. Vural Kavuncu
  • Director of Kütahya Provincial of National Education, Hasan Başyiğit
  • President of Kütahya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, İsmet Özotraç
  • Director of Kütahya Provincial Culture and Tourism, Zekerya Ünal
  • Director of Kütahya Municipality's Culture and Social Affairs, Mehmet Zenci
  • Director of Kütahya Regional Forestry, Hasan Keskin
  • Director of Kütahya Ahmet Yakupoğlu Fine Arts High School, Mustafa Demir
  • Board of Directors of Fine Arts Association
  • Board of Directors of Afyon Kocatepe University
  • Board of Directors of Afyon Kocatepe University
  • İsmet Çatık from Çatık Madencilik (Main Sponsor)
  • Nihat Delen from Delen Ticaret
  • Kırdar Bilgiören College
  • Ahmet Özmutaf from Kaşi Ahmet Çini Seramik
  • İzge Yayıncılık
  • Başkent Müzikevi