Lecture: In Search of the “Real” Turkish football

15 February 2017 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture in Ankara by Dr. John McManus (BIAA)

Discussant: Assoc. Prof. Özgehan Şenyuva, International Relations dept. Middle East Technical University (METU)  

Venue: The British Institute at Ankara | Tahran Caddesi 24, Kavaklιdere, Ankara

Turkey is a football-mad nation. Ninety per cent of all citizens are self-confessed fans of the sport, which frequently intersects with debates about social class, politics, community and identity. The talk takes a sideways look at recent events in Turkey through the country's favourite sport. Based on John McManus’ forthcoming book, it will explore what football can teach us about discourses of culture and belonging -- about politics, civil society, gender, minorities, and Turkey's often puzzling relationships with Europe.

John McManus is postdoctoral research fellow at the British Institute in Ankara, where he researches sport, digital media and migration in Turkey and the Turkish diaspora. He is currently working on a book exploring the history and culture of football in Turkey, to be published with Orion Books in 2018.


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