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Institutional Information: Lisansüstü Eğitim Enstitüsü
Research Areas: Anthropology, Folklore and Musicology

Names in Publications: R.O. Beahrs, Beahrs Robert O.




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Robert O. Beahrs is an ethnomusicologist and sound artist from Minnesota currently living in Istanbul. His research examines more-than-human kinship, sociomaterial geographies of voice, and the politics of heritage in postsocialist Inner Asia (Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan). Through multispecies ethnography and practice-based research, he seeks to understand music’s role in transforming shared consciousness, ecological sensibility, and community well-being. He studied music at Pomona College and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. After working for several years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, he joined the Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM) at Istanbul Technical University as a lecturer in ethnomusicology. His recent work appears in the Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies and in a special issue of the journal Asian Music on the transregional politics of throat-singing as cultural heritage in Inner and Central Asia. Since 2015, he has been conducting a multimodal research project studying music and kinship in the Altai and Sayan Mountains funded by the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.