[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Workshop: March 28, 2014

George Baloglou gbaloglou at gmail.com
Fri Mar 21 11:22:12 PDT 2014

As a half-Pontian -- who nonetheless has not traveled to Pontus so far -- I
was under the impression that Turkey promotes the idea that the 'true
Pontians' are the ones left in Pontus; the text below, stating among other
things that the Pontian lyra was marginalised by the Turkish state for many
decades, clears things up considerably :-)

[Watching public performances in Pontus on youtube ... I was always
intrigued by the number of Turkish flags present at such events ...
attributing the phenomenon to 'ethnic uncertainties' of the local people
due to their (grand)parents' often 'Romeic' tongue ... until I saw local
musicians in Sille* -- the town near Konya where my other half comes from
-- surrounded by Turkish flags, too :-)) ]

*enjoy them in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAFs44DJ3vs ... and if
someone can confirm for me that the rythm/melody involved is quite related
to a Greek song, as I strongly suspect, please do!

On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM, Dimitri H. Gondicas <gondicas at princeton.edu
> wrote:

> *Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies*
> *Workshop*
> *“Between God and Nation: Pontian-Greek Musical *
> *Creativity in Contemporary Turkey”*
> *Nikos Michailidis*
> Department of Anthropology
> The invention and dissemination of “Turkish folk music” in Anatolia in the
> post-1923 period became an important tool of control and absorption of the
> linguistically-diverse indigenous populations of the Eastern Black Sea
> region into the dominant, mainstream Turkish nationhood.  Musical
> expression in *Romeyka* (Pontian-Greek) and in other non-Turkish
> indigenous languages of the region (Armenian, Georgian, Laz) had been
> curtailed by censorship and stigmatization. Nation-making and musical
> modernization in Turkey relegated the *kemençe *or Pontian *lyra *and its
> sounds to a marginal position within the dominant musical narrative. This
> instrument of the Pontian-Greek speakers was under-patronized and almost
> reached the point of extinction. Its melodies were performed on state
> television and radio programs with the *ba**ğ**lama,* a long lute that
> was considered the “Turkish national instrument.”The Pontian-
> *Lyra/Kemence* was made into a symbol of the past and underdevelopment, a
> mere anachronism, inappropriate for modern, urban national aesthetics.
> However, despite years of indifference, assimilation and marginalization, a
> current revival of *Romeyka* music in Trebizond and Istanbul by young
> performers is well under its way. This lecture will focus on the cultural
> dynamics of *Romeyka *music-making in contemporary Turkey, the challenges
> facing its practitioners, and the meanings attributed to this rising
> “genre.” The presentation will stress the importance of religious
> conversion and cultural syncretism as two elements that shape the musical
> creativity of contemporary Trebizond’s Pontian-Greek speakers and will call
> for further scholarly attention on these in-between populations, the study
> of which can provide a comparative angle for the examination of the
> projects of Turkish and Greek modernity.
> *Nikos Michailidis* studied Political Science and International Relations
> (B.A.) at Panteion University in Greece and Boğaziçi University in Turkey
> (M.A.), and Social Anthropology (M.A.) at York University in Canada. He is
> a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton working on
> ethnography of music-making and belonging in Turkey. Based on extensive
> fieldwork and archival research conducted in Trabzon, Istanbul, and Ankara,
> Michailidis’ work analyzes the dynamics of the revival of the indigenous
> Pontian-Greek music and lyrics and their multiple meanings for the
> practitioners and their diverse audiences. His research creatively bridges
> anthropology with historiography, politics, ethnomusicology, Hellenic and
> Turkish studies. His broader research interests include political
> anthropology, social theory and history of ideas, musical decolonization,
> anthropology of memory, research methods, European and Mediterranean
> Studies. His research has also been supported by the American Research
> Institute in Turkey. A Pontian-lyra performer himself, Michailidis is
> currently developing a project named *Argatia *(Solidarity*)* that aims
> to cultivate musical creativity and to promote collaboration among
> musicians from Greece, Turkey and elsewhere. *Argatia *supports
> Pontian-Greek music and other independent local musical styles that had
> been marginalized by musical orthodoxies, profit-oriented music industries,
> and mainstream cultural networks.
> *Friday, March 28, 2014*
> *1:30 p.m.*
> *Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103*
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