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Lesar Yurtsever


PhD Candidate, SCRIPTS Cluster

Education and Work Experience

  • Since 2022: Doctoral Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin 
  • Since 2021: Pianoteacher at the Fanny-Hensel Musikschule (Berlin)
  • 11/2019-04/2020: Erasmus at the Conservatory „Santa Cecilia“ (Rome, Italy)
  • 10/2016-03/2021: Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, B.A. Instrumentalpädagogik (Piano)
  • 04/2015-08/2017: Universität zu Köln, M.A. History and Musicology
  • 10/2011-03/2015: Universität zu Köln, B.A. History and Musicology

Academic Appointments, Scientific Activities & Outreach

  • 04/2018: Public Lecture: „In the Footsteps of Béla Bartók. Folk Music and National Identity.“ (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln)
  • 10/2014: Contribution to the Exhibition "Phonographierte Klänge -photographierte Momente. Ton- und Bilddokumente aus deutschen Kriegsgefangenenlagern im Ersten Weltkrieg" at the Ethnological Museum in Berlin-Dahlem, Project of the University of Cologne

Fellowships, Stipends and Awards

  • Since 2022: Scholarship at SCRIPTS
  • 08/2019: Scholarship at the Richard Wagner Foundation
  • 04/2016-08/2017: Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Study Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies.

My dissertation is on "Sounds of the Liberal Script: Music, Race and U.S.-Turkish Relations between 1923 and 1945."

Research Interests

  • Musical Diplomacy
  • International History
  • Turkish Foreign Policy