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Ersin Mıhçı

Research associate

Fields of interest

  • Transcultural studies
  • Construction of national identities in global context
  • Cultures of remembrance and cultural memory
  • 19th- and 20th-century music history in Greece and Turkey


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Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" (University of Heidelberg):


  • Vita

    Ersin Mihci graduated from Heidelberg University with an M.A. in musicology and Spanish. In October 2012 he was accepted to the Graduate Programme in Transcultural Studies (GPTS) at the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context. He is working on his Ph.D. thesis about “Forging national music on both sides of the Aegean in the 19th and 20th centuries”, which focuses on how folk music and military band music in Greece and Turkey contributed to the construction of national identity. His main research interests center on music as an expression of national identity at the intersection of Asia and Europe. His recent work incorporates different approaches to concepts like culture, civilization and authenticity and reflects upon the boundaries they have created -- and how those can be overcome.

  • Publikationen/Publications/Yayınlar

    • “The Çanakkale song: a folk song in the light of Turkey’s memorial culture”, in: Beyond the East-West Divide. Balkan music in its poles of attraction, hrsg. von Ivana Medić und Katarina Tomašević.


    • “Music and National Ideology in Greek School Song Anthologies of the late nineteenth century”. International conference “Musical Topographies of the Mediterranean” 16–18 March 2022.

    • “National Identity and Nationalism in Late Ottoman School Song Anthologies”. 34th Deutscher Orientalisten Tag 12–17 September 2022.

    • "The Çanakkale song: a folk song in the light of Turkey’s memorial culture". Konferenz „Beyond the East-West Divide“ in Belgrad.
    • The Gallipoli Campaign in Turkish Popular Culture Konferenz “Memory, Memorials, and Media: Re-Imagining World History” an der North-East University in Boston.
    • The Izmir March as a musical monument in Turkey’s collective memory. Im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe Musik und Musiker im osmanischen Reich und der türkischen Republik am Orient-Institut Istanbul.
    • "Historical Musicology and Nineteenth Century Ottoman Music Manuscript Sources in the Digital Age". Manuscript Cultures in Past and Present: Media Change and Cultural Transfer, 26 February - 2 March 2018, at the Orient Institute Istanbul
    • "Western European Music Aesthetics Versus Greek Music Practices: Modernism and Traditionalism in Greece and the Greek-speaking World during the 19th Century" auf dem 20. Kongress der International Musicological Society 2017
    • " 'Besser eine Stunde freies Leben, als vierzig Jahre Sklaverei und Gefangenschaft'. Nationallied und Identitätskonstruktion in Griechenland im 19. Jahrhundert.", 16. April 2019, Forum Musikwissenschaft Münster