A selection of the publications and research output in the fields of Contemporary History, Social & Political Sciences supported by the BIAA. The list includes monographs, edited works and journal articles that are the outcome of research funded or supported by the BIAA in various ways (fellowships, small or large research grants, conference-workshop support, works of appointed academic staff, etc.). The list follows a chronological order. Please scroll down to navigate through the items.
This book presents an ethnographic study of social media in Mardin, a medium-sized town located in the Kurdish region of Turkey. The town is inhabited mainly by Sunni Muslim Arabs and Kurds, and has been transformed in recent years by urbanisation, neoliberalism and political events. Elisabetta Costa uses her 15 months of ethnographic research to explain why public-facing social media is more conservative than offline life. Yet, at the same time, social media has opened up unprecedented possibilities for private communications between genders and in relationships among young people – Costa reveals new worlds of intimacy, love and romance. She also discovers that, when viewed from the perspective of people’s everyday lives, political participation on social media looks very different to how it is portrayed in studies of political postings separated from their original complex, and highly socialised, context.
Over the last decade, the spread of digital technologies has profoundly reshaped intimate lives worldwide, transforming the ways in which people are involved in intimate relationships and experience love, sexuality and emotions in everyday lives. Like other places, in the Middle East, millions use the internet on a daily basis to access a variety of music and cultural products, and to communicate, create and maintain relationships with partners, family members, friends and lovers, as well as for activism. This special issue aims to fill the gap in the scholarship on intimate lives and digital media in Middle East by focusing on the everyday uses of digital platforms and addressing their material, gendered and imaginative implications for practices.
Elisabetta Costa completed the above book and journal special issue during her post-doctoral BIAA fellowship (2015-16)
At the end of the 2000s, after a long period where stability and consensus politics had dominated over the turbulent past of ethnic conflict and sharp political boundaries in Southeaster Europe, contentious politics returned to the picture. Starting with the December 2008 uprising in Greece, in many states in the region, including Turkey, Bulgaria and Bosnia, an intensification of the way politics was previously performed started becoming apparent in protests, strikes, occupations of public space, the rise of social media as a site of mobilisation and the increasing numbers of people participating in old or new ways of vociferous claiming against their governments. Drawing on similarities and differences of this kind, all the contributors to this issue examine the different qualities of radicalisation (or de-radicalisation) processes that their case studies reflect and connect them to broader transformative processes within the societies and states under study.
Leonidas Karakatsanis & Marc Herzog are the current and previous assistant directors of the BIAA
Leonidas Karakatsanis (BIAA assistant director) published his articles:
> "‘We’, ‘they’ and the ‘human’ in the middle: foreign interventions for ‘humanitarian reasons’ during the nineteenth century in Turkish historiography“ in Middle Eastern Studies 52(2), and
> "Radicalised citizens vs. radicalised governments? Greece and Turkey in a comparative perspective from the December 2008 uprising to the 2013 Gezi Park protests" in the Journal of Contemporary European Studies 24(2).
Elisabetta Costa (BIAA post-doctoral fellow 2015-16) pubished her article "The Morality of Premarital Romances" in the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 9(2)
Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal (BIAA project fellow 2015-6) published his research findings in Toplumsal Tarih (269) in an article titled: ‘Sarhoşluk ve Emperyalizm’.
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This volume deals with the relation between heritage, history and politics in the Balkans. Contributions examine diverse ways in which material and immaterial heritage has been articulated, negotiated and manipulated since the nineteenth century. The major question addressed here is how modern Balkan nations have voiced claims about their past by establishing ’proof’ of a long historical presence on their territories in order to legitimise national political narratives. Focusing on claims constructed in relation to tangible evidence of past presence, especially architecture and townscape, the contributors reveal the rich relations between material and immaterial conceptions of heritage. This comparative take on Balkan public uses of the past also reveals many common trends in social and political practices, ideas and fixations embedded in public and collective memories.
The volume is the outcome of the workhsop organised under the BIAA-BSA project: Balkan Futures
Işılay Gürsu (BIAA Cultural Heritage Management felllow) published her article “‘If You Do Not Visit, We Will Take It Away’: An Analysis of a Communication Campaign for Italian Cultural Heritage” in Anthropological Quarterly 88(2).
Marc Herzog (BIAA assistant director) co-authored the chapter "Turkey and the Arab Uprisings" together with Derya Göçer that appeared in the volume Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratization, edited by Larbi Sadiki (Routledge 2015)
Leonidas Karakatsanis (BIAA project fellow 2014-16) published his chapter titled :NGOs, Minority Politics and Alterity in Pre-Crisis Athens. A Case Study from Gazi and Metaxourgeio" in the volume Austerity and the Third Sector in Greece: Civil Society at the European Frontline, edited by Jennifer Clarke, Asteris Huliaras and Dimitris Sotiropoulos (Routledge 2015)
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In the first decade of the twenty-first century Turkey experienced an extraordinary set of transformations. Shane Brennan and Marc Herzog explore how these changes have shaped the way people in Turkey perceive themselves and how the country's self-image shapes its actions. Through different approaches engaging with politics, economy, society, culture and history, they offer new perspectives on the transformation of national identity in this increasingly influential country in the Middle East.
Co-editor Marc Herzog has been the BIAA's assistant director (2012-2015)
Co-editor Marc Herzog has been the BIAA's assistant director (2012-2015)
Turkish-Greek relations are marked by a long trajectory of enmity and tension. This book sets out to explore the ‘other side’ of that history, focusing on initiatives that have promoted contact between the two societies and encouraged rapprochement. Presenting a new critical re-description of Turkish-Greek rapprochement processes over a lengthy time span (1974-2013),Turkish-Greek Relations offers innovative explanations for the emergence of the reconciliation movement.
Leonidas Karakatsanis (current BIAA's assistant director) completed this monograph during his post-doctoral BIAA fellowship (2013-14)
The study of material culture demonstrates that objects make people just as much as people make, exchange and consume objects. But what if these objects are, in the eyes of others, only fakes? What kind of material mirror are people looking into? Are their real selves really reflected in this mirror? This book provides an original and revealing study into engagements with objects that are not what they are claimed and presumed to be and, subsequently, are believed to betray their makers as well as users.located in the same Euro-Mediterranean space. Instead, the emphasis here is on interpreting the Mediterranean as a world traversed by trade routes and associated cultural and intellectual networks through which ideas, people and goods regularly travelled.
Magda Craciun completed this monograph during her BIAA post-doctoral fellowship 2011-12