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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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Britain, Turkey and World War II. Alliance, Conflict and Neutrality.

Britain, Turkey and World War II. Alliance, Conflict and Neutrality.

Oxford | Investcor Auditorium, St. Antony's College

24 September 2018 09:30 to 18:30

Britain, Turkey and World War II. Alliance, Conflict and Neutrality.

Monday 24 Sept. Investcor Auditorium, St Antony's College, Oxford. 9.30 - 18.00 followed by a reception.

This conference is the third meeting in a series which brings together Turkish and British historians to explore the two countries’ relations in the twentieth century, as they moved from the fatal confrontation at Galllipoli towards a formal alliance and common cause under the umbrella of NATO in the 1950s. The impact of the Second World War was catalytic. The conference will examine the origins and effects of the Tripartite Treaty between Turkey, France and Britain of 1939, and the Turkish decision to opt for de facto neutrality in 1940.  Subsequent sessions will also address Churchill’s shifting attitudes, and the importance of the roles played by the USSR and the USA in determining the strategic alignment of Turkey between 1939 and 1945.

 

Keywords: Britain Turkey World War II Conflict Neutrality History Churchill USSR USA France Tripartite Treaty

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