I earned a PhD degree in Musicology/Sociology from Leeds Beckett University and I also taught at that university as a part-time lecturer on different modules as part of music production course. I come from a computer science and engineering and historical musicology background.

My PhD thesis focused on the genealogy of death/doom metal music networks in northern England. I have previously worked on John Dowland's religious oeuvre and Elizabethan social structures in 17th century; and I have also written a dissertation on the ideas of death and suicide in depressive suicidal black metal music. My research interests include extreme metal cultures, gaming cultures, and sociology of scientific knowledge among others.

I acted as an associate editor of Metal Music Studies journal. I edited the book and media review sections in the journal. I was the Communications Officer of International Society for Metal Music Studies. I am also a member of the national committee in Turkey for Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM).

I am an amateur photographer and I try to take concert photographs as well as landscape and portraits. See my gallery for a selection of my photographs.

Academic Positions

  • 2016-2017Part-time Lecturer

    School of Film, Music, and Performing Arts
    Leeds Beckett University, UK

  • 2016-2017Research Assistant

    School of Sport and Leisure
    Leeds Beckett University, UK

  • 2012-2013Library Assistant

    Dr Erol Ucer Music Library
    Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Selected Publications and Talks

Here are a few of my publications and talks. Please visit my Humanities Commons profile for a more comprehensive list and open access versions.

List of Publications and Talks

‘Delightfully depressing’: Death/doom metal music world and the emotional responses of the fan

Metal Music Studies 3 (2)
Yavuz, M Selim.
Humanity Commons Open Access copy

‘The Raven and the Rose’: Tradition and Death/Doom Metal Music

Presented at British Forum for Ethnomusicology 2017, University of Sheffield 21 April 2017
Yavuz, M Selim.
Humanity Commons Open Access copy

‘Humörets Bottenvåning’: Suicide in depressive suicidal black metal music

Presented at Extreme Music: Hearing and Nothingness, University of Southern Denmark 2 December 2016
Yavuz, M Selim.
Humanity Commons Open Access copy