Interdisciplinary Symposium "Musik und Lyrik im Alevitentum" ("Music and Poetry in Alevism")


Alevi ritual practice consists of various elements: Music, recitation of centuries-old poetry and the individual interaction through the Semah movement. On October 15 and 16, 2021, a symposium will be held in Weingarten that will shed light on this topic.

Music as a carrier of content and vehicle of oral tradition in connection with the cultural history of Alevism in Turkey as well as in the diaspora in the past and present is a good starting point for a self-empowering examination and research of Alevism. Which lyrical texts from the early days of Alevism are still known today?What melodies still resound from the long-necked lute (saz) today? Can Alevi music, the commandment of takiyeh and popular culture be thought together?


Organizer: Alevitisches Bildungswerk "Sah Ibrahim Veli" Ravensburg.

Cooperation partner: Department of Alevi Theological Studies, University of Vienna.

Panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Handan Aksünger, Ismail Kaplan, Prof. Dr. Markus Dressler and Prof. Dr. Robert Langer.

At 20.00 concert by the group Telli Turnalar (Petra Nachtmanova, Eléonore Fourniau, Cangül Kanat, Gülay Hacer Toruk).  


October 15, 18.30 - 21.30 (panel discussion and concert)

October 16, 13.00 - 19.30 (symposium)

Location: Festsaal der Pädagogischen Hochschule Weingarten, Kirchplatz 2, 88250 Weingarten, Germany.

Online participation is possible.

For more info in German click here

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