I am a PhD student in cultural anthropology. My current research is about the political and cultural history of Turkish Anatolian Rock in relation to the changing political and social fabric of Turkey. I am particularly interested in how the music reflects these issues and how music can be a tool to contest societal norms and provide different settings for different expressions. I received my bachelor’s degree in 2017 at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, at the Department of American Culture and Literature. The degree was interdisciplinary in its nature and from the start I was interested in combining cultural studies, philosophy and political science. I have moved to Göttingen (Germany) in 2017, to pursue my master’s degree at Georg-August-University Göttingen at the Department of North American Studies and English Philology. Here I wrote my master’s thesis on hippie counterculture in the States with the focus on self-discovery through countercultural songs of the time. I further taught a seminar on ‘Music and Social Change: Identities, Activism and Scenes’.