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Department of Music Studies


Assistant Professor

Sector: Ethnomusicology and Anthropology of Music

Tel.: 0030 210 7277581

Room: 928

Floor: 9th

email: ppoulos[at]music.uoa[dot]gr





PhD in Music, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2006.

BA (Hons) Music Studies,School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2000.  


Academic career

2019-               Lecturer, Department of Music Studies, School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA).

2014-2019       Lecturer, Department of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, School of Economics and Political Sciences, NKUA.

2007-2013       Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, School of Philosophy, NKUA.

2007-2008 &   Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Popular and Traditional Music, School

2005-2006       of Music Technology, TEI Epirus.

2000-2001       Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (MMus), Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, SOAS, University of London.


Research fields

Ethnomusicology; Music of the Near and Middle East; Ottoman arts and music; Music and urban space; Soundscapes; History of the senses; Music improvisation.


Courses taught

Ethnomusicology ΙΙ – ΜM97

Musical traditions of the Middle East – Μ254

Ottoman musical tradition – Μ249

Music and improvisation – Μ250


Research projects

2019-               Intercommunal musical geographies of late Ottoman Istanbul, funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (H.F.R.I.) under the “First Call for H.F.R.I. Research Projects to support Faculty members and Researchers and the procurement of high-cost research equipment grant” (Project Number: 2203). Principal Investigator.

2017-               Histories, spaces and heritages at the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Greek State, funded by the French School at Athens - École française d’Athènes. Research coordinator (with E. Kolovos).

2012                Learning Culture through City Soundscapes – An Educational Tool, funded by John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation – Scientific Projects 2012 (Coordinator: E. Kallimopoulou, University of Macedonia). Research Team Member.


Selected publications

Books and edited volumes

2015.Music in the Islamic World: Sources, Perspectives, Practices. [e-book]. Hellenic Academic Libraries Link - Kallipos. Available at: (In Greek).

(with R. P. Pennanen & A. Theodosiou eds). 2013. Ottoman Intimacies, Balkan Musical Realities. Helsinki: The Finnish Institute at Athens.


Articles in periodicals and edited volumes

2021. Between P. Nikousios and A. Mavrokordatos: Wojciech Bobowski/Ali Ufkî (1610;-1675) and the intercultural relations of the interpreters of the Porte. In N. Mavrelos et al. (Eds), Ο πρώιμος διαφωτισμός στην εποχή των πρώτων Μαυροκορδάτων. Αλέξανδρος ο εξ απορρήτων και Νικόλαος, σσ. 310-334. Athens: Gutenberg. (In Greek)

2021. Figures and idols at the threshold of Ottoman modernity in Thessaloniki’. In E. Solomon and S. Galiniki (eds), “The work of magic art”. History, uses and meaning of the Incantadas monument of Thessaloniki, 191-201. Thessaloniki: Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. (In Greek).

(with K. Kornetis) 2021. Moving Objects, Images, and Memories: Hamza Bey Mosque/Alcazar Cinema as an Affective Archive of Thessaloniki. Bulletin de correspondance hellénique moderne et contemporaine 4.

2019. Spaces of Intercommunal Musical Relations in Ottoman Istanbul. YILLIK: Annual

of Istanbul Studies 1: 181-189.

2018. At the House of Kemal: Private Musical Assemblies in Istanbul from the Late Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. In R. Harris & M. Stokes (Eds), Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World: Essays in Honour of Owen Wright, pp. 104-122. London: Routledge.

2016. Echoes of the Ottoman City in the Artistic Salons (meclis) of Modern Istanbul. In R. Van Boeschoten et al. (Eds) Memory Narrates the City…: Oral History and Memory of Urban Space, pp. 185-202. Athens: Plethron. (In Greek)

2014. Greeks and Turks meet the Rum: Making Sense of the Sounds of ‘Old Istanbul’. In V. Lytra (Ed.), When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary perspectives on the relationship since 1923, pp. 83-105. Aldershot: Ashgate.

(with E. Kallimopoulou) 2015. Exchangeable buildings, silent legacies: The temporary settlement of Asia Minor refugees and the mosques of Thessaloniki. Bulletin of the Centre for Asia Minor Studies 19, 241-270. (In Greek).

2014. Özel Mekanlar, Kamusal İlgiler: İmparatorluk’tan Cumhuriyet’e İstanbul’da Müzikli Ev Toplantıları (meclisleri). Toplumsal Tarih 242, 82-89.

2011. Rethinking Orality in Turkish Classical Music: A Genealogy of Contemporary Musical Assemblages. Middle Eastern Journal of Culture and Communication 4, 164-183.