Steven Moon

  • Graduate Student, Ethnomusicology

My work broadly focuses on the intersection of music, haptics, and scientific/medical research. My dissertation, titled “Sound, Science, Islam: Music as Healing in Istanbul,” examines contemporary biomedical research on Turkish classical music therapy in Istanbul, and is funded by a Fulbright/IIE Fellowship. I earned my MA at Pitt with a thesis titled "Listening, Elsewhere: Enacting Affective Exodus in Gay Azerbaijan," which explores the lives and listening practices of college-aged gay men in Baku, Azerbaijan, and elucidates the relationship between gender and technological embodiment. I have presented at regional and national meetings of SEM and AMS, as well as international meetings of ICTM on my dissertation work as well as American popular music, critical race theory, and queer theory. I have twice received the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, as well as the Critical Language Scholarship, for Turkish study, in addition to a third FLAS for Ottoman Turkish. My work can be found in current or forthcoming issues of Current Musicology and Etnomüzikoloji Dergisi, the journal of the Association for Ethnomusicology.