Construction of Nostalgia in Ankara Dance Music

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II. Uluslararası Müzik ve Dans Sempozyumu, Trabzon, Turkey, 18 - 22 October 2016

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Unpublished
  • City: Trabzon
  • Country: Turkey
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


Nostalgia is an emotion which expresses the longing for experience and space that bounds past, present and future. It can also easily turn into commodity, which, according to Boym, may also mean to package the past for the future. Today, nostalgia is even calling 1990s back in popular culture. This study aims to explain the relationship between so-called Ankara Dance Music and nostalgia,and also the tension between Ankara Dance Music and traditional Ankara music through analysis of music videos, focus group interviews and participant observation. It is argued that this tension is the result of the struggle over the urban identity. Since Ankara was acknowledged as the capital city of Turkish Republic, it has been reconstructed as a space of collective remembering and alsocollective forgetting by different fractions of the society. The reimagination, which has an important role on the urban identity, reveals how politics affect the everyday life. Therefore the music of Ankara is produced, imagined and perceived in two different ways, which reflects the historical center-periphery dualism in Turkey. On the other hand, this dualism evolves into togetherness in certain circumstances and forms the urban identity at the same time. The dualistic structure of Ankara identity will be discussed using the example Ankara dance music and traditional Ankara music.