Mehtap Çağlar

Mehtap Çağlar

Participant in 2016
Work history -Research Assistant, Faculty of Communication, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, TR. 2010-2012

-Research Assistant, Faculty of Communication, Ankara University, Ankara, TR. 2013-present
Study history -BA, Advertising Department, Faculty of Communication, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, TR. 2005-2010

-BA, Radio-Cinema-TV Deparment (Double Major), Faculty of Communication, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, TR. 2007-2010

-MA, Communication Studies, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, TR. 2010-2013

-Research Semester, European Ethnology, Humboldt University, Berlin, DE. 2012

-PhD, Journalism, Gradute School of Social Sciences, Ankara University, Ankara, TR. 2014-present

Phd Projects


Sonorous Ankara: Turning Noises into Urban Sounds

My PhD research project focuses on sounds of Ankara and the relationship between city-dwellers and the city through a sound studies perspective. There has been a sonic turn in the social sciences due to the emerging discipline of the sound studies since the early 2000s. Although studies related to sound have been on the arena since 1970s (and much earlier when we include musicology, anthropology, acoustics and so on), scopes and foci of the sound related studies has varied, and thus scattered around the disciplines. However, with the help of the emergence, the discipline has institutionalized in 2013 through the founding of European Sound Studies Association.
Main approach to the cities and their sonic environment has been dichotomous via the heritage from the ‘70s when cities and their sounds have been the issue; silence equated with the rural, while noise equated with the urban. However, this kind of a perspective may cause researchers to ignore so-called noises in the cities rather than communicate with them as just sounds, and that may lead missed opportunities while trying to grasp cities as sonic environments in a qualitative fashion. In my research project, that is why, I regard city sounds as sounds not noises borrowing the perspective from John Cage’s Silence (1961): “Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating. (p: 3)”
I try to trace the relationship between city-dwellers and the city through the sounds of the Ankara using group soundwalks around the city and post-walk discussions with the participants. While doing that, I keep these research questions in mind: What are the everyday sounds of Ankara? Are there any soundmarks specific to Ankara? What are the participants’ sonic memories of the city? Whose sounds are audible? Are there any groups of people visible but not audible? Are there any rhythms in the public spaces of the city? Are there any sounds violating visual boundaries and enabling us to aware of them? What are the relationships between city-dwellers and their experience with urban sounds? Do city-dwellers of Ankara define the city as a noisy place and seek silence?

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