I earned my PhD degree in Musicology from Leeds Beckett University. I taught "Composition Techniques in 20th century", "Critical Perspectives in Musical Composition", "Introduction to Sociology", and "Social Thought in Movies" at various institutions and departments. 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. I am currently working as an assistant professor in musicology at Istanbul University, State Conservatory. My research interests include extreme metal music, death and culture, and digital musicology among others.


Academic Positions

  • 2021-presentAssistant Professor

    Musicology Department
    Istanbul University, State Conservatory, Turkey

  • 2018-2019Part-time Lecturer

    Sociology Department
    Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 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

'The Barghest o' Whitby': (A Genealogical Study of) Death/Doom Metal Music(al) Network in Northern England

PhD Thesis, Leeds Beckett University
Yavuz, M Selim.
Humanities Commons Open Access copy

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

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