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LECTURE:Greeks and Turks at the end of the Ottoman Empire

LECTURE:Greeks and Turks at the end of the Ottoman Empire

Ankara | The British Institue at Ankara

07 March 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Emre Erol (Assistant Professor, Sabancι University)

Discussant: Oktay Özel (Assistant Professor, Bilkent University)

Summary of Event: Slightly more than a hundred years ago, peoples from different ethnicities, religions and linguistic groups lived together in the rather cosmopolitan port towns and cities of the Eastern Mediterranean. The Ottoman county of Foçateyn, or modern day Foça, with its two economically and demographically expanding port towns, was among the principal examples of this late-ottoman socio-cultural diversity in the region. The transition from the empire to the nation state during the first decade of the 20th century radically transformed such places. This talk focuses on the micro history of these transitions that took place in Foça and tries to relate them to the larger global histories of transformation and change.              

Keywords: Late Ottoman History; Dipersity and Cosmopolitanism; Regional history and Microhistory

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LECTURE: Pragmatism, Art and the Ottoman New School (Yeni Mektep)

LECTURE: Pragmatism, Art and the Ottoman New School (Yeni Mektep)

Ankara | The British Institue at Ankara

04 April 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Martina Becker (Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan)

Discussants: Funda Susamoğlu, artist (Hacettepe University) & Onur Yıldız, PhD (SALT)

Summary of lecture: The reform of art education at the Teachers’ Training College in Istanbul in 1909 introduced a quite novel approach to art. It shifted the primary artistic concern away from the finished object towards the creative act. This lecture traces the philosophical underpinnings of this process-oriented concept of art through the work of its main promoters, the educationalists Satı‘ al-Husri (1880–1969) and İsmail Hakkı Baltacıoğlu (1887–1978). It analyses their engagement with Progressive Education and Pragmatism, as well as the unexpected role of contemporary object-centered interpretations of Islamic art in the development of these international movements.

Keywords: Early Turkish - Republican History; Art and Education; Islamic Art

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LECTURE: The Formation of Turkish Republicanism

LECTURE: The Formation of Turkish Republicanism

Ankara | The British Institue at Ankara

18 April 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Banu Turnaoğlu (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge)

Discussant: Berk Esen (Assistant Professor, Bilkent University)

Summary of Event: This lecture uncovers the slow but insistent evolution of the concept of republicanism in Turkey from its origins in the early Ottoman Empire to its representation in the early formation of the Turkish Republic. It challenges the scholarly consensus equating Turkish republicanism with Kemalism by uncovering other complex republican conceptions, the Islamic and the liberal. In unpacking the way history is used today in Turkish politics to close down rival understandings, this paper shows that modern-day Turkish republicanism represents the outcome of centuries of intellectual dispute between these conceptions, ending with the victory of radical republicanism of the Kemalists. The roots of today’s political crisis lie in the unresolved ideological tension present from the foundation of the Republic.

Keywords: Late Ottoman and Early Republican Turkish History; Political Theory - Republicanism in Turkey

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LECTURE: Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football

LECTURE: Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football

London | The British Academy

26 April 2018 18:30 to 20:30

A BIAA lecture by John McManus (the British institute at Ankara).

Ask a British football fan what they know about Turkish football, and they are unlikely to describe scenes of camaraderie, hospitality and humour. They are most likely to mention banners proclaiming ‘Welcome to hell’. Or Leeds United supporters stabbed to death on an Istanbul street.


In this lecture, based on his forthcoming book, anthropologist John McManus shows why Turkish football deserves to shake off that image. He opens a window onto the rich, funny, obsessive, fan culture that he has encountered on the terraces of grounds across the country, from the elite training facilities of Istanbul to the dusty pitches of the Syrian border. He shows how fans and clubs have grappled with the game’s rapid commercialisation, and how football has become entwined with darker social and political developments. In the process, he reveals how football – an under-explored topic in Turkish studies – can offer a window into the nation at a time of turmoil and flux.

Keywords: Anthropology of sport; contemporary Turkish society and politics

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LECTURE: A Life on the Road: the Exploits and Adventures of Evliya Çelebi

LECTURE: A Life on the Road: the Exploits and Adventures of Evliya Çelebi

London | The British Academy

17 May 2018 18:30 to 20:30

A BIAA lecture by Dr Caroline Finkel (Honorary Fellow; University of Edinburgh).

In 1640, aged 29, the Ottoman courtier Evliya Çelebi left Istanbul for the first time, to visit Bursa. His desire to travel had been nurtured by trips in the city’s hinterland, and meetings with dervishes who regaled him with tales of distant places. Evliya spent the rest of his life journeying to the ends of the sultan’s domains and beyond, from Vienna to the Sea of Azov to far up the Nile.
Evliya wrote in detail of his experiences, and his informative, entertaining and often fantastical Seyahatname or Book of Travels is considered the longest travel account in world literature. It is also the indispensible guide for anyone interested in re-imagining the 17th century Ottoman world.
In this talk we will accompany Evliya as he roams, observing the world through his enquiring eyes. We will highlight his 1671 Haj journey, whose northwest Anatolian stages are now a long-distance cultural route.

Keywords: Ottoman history; travel and topography in Turkey

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