ONLINE BOOK LAUNCH: Architectures of Emergency: Heritage, Displacement and Catastrophe

14 October 2021 17:00 to 18:30 | Online

The seminar will be held via Zoom, please register for details, thank you.

A BIAA-I.B.Tauris Series Joint Online Book Launch with Eray Çaylı (London School of Economics and Political Science), Pınar Aykaç (Middle East Technical University) and Sevcan Ercan (Istanbul Medeniyet University).

Tuesday 14 October 2021 | 17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

Challenging existing political analyses of the state of emergency in Turkey, this volume argues that such states are not merely predetermined by policy and legislation but are produced, regulated, distributed and contested through the built environment in both embodied and symbolic ways. Contributors use empirical critical-spatial research carried out in Turkey over the past decade, exploring discourses and practices of heritage conservation, processes of displacement and imaginaries and measures associated with disasters. Contributing to the broader literature on the related concepts of exception, risk, crisis and uncertainty, the book discusses the ways in which these phenomena shape and are shaped by the built environment, and provides context-specific empirical substance to this discussion by focusing on contemporary Turkey. In so doing, it offers nuanced insight into the debate around emergency as well as into recent urban-architectural affairs in Turkey.

Find out more and purchase Architectures of Emergency in Turkey: Heritage, Displacement and Catastrophe edited by Eray Çaylı, Pınar Aykaç and Sevcan Ercan via Bloomsbury.

Eray Çaylı is Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Çaylı has taught, lectured, and published widely on the spatial and visual politics of violence, including in his monograph Victims of Commemoration: The Architecture and Violence of Confronting the Past in Turkey (Syracuse University Press, 2021). Pınar Aykaç is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University. She received her PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK. Sevcan Ercan is a lecturer in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Istanbul Medeniyet University. She received her PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK.


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