WORKSHOP: The British Empire & the Turkish Republic in the 20s & 30s

31 March 2017 09:30 to 01 April 2017 18:00 | Cambridge

Churchill College, Storey's Way, CB3 0DS

With a key note Lecture by Dilek Barlas

The British Institute at Ankara research project, “From Enemies to Allies: Turkey and Britain 1914-1952”, held its second workshop, on “The British Empire and the Turkish Republic during the 1920s and 1930s”, on 31 March and 1 April 2017 at Churchill College, Cambridge. 

The workshop was interdisciplinary in nature, with 18 presenters from the fields of history, comparative literature, international relations, anthropology, archaeology, and political science engaging a broader audience of doctoral students, academics and serving and former diplomatic staff.

Workshop Series: FROM ENEMIES TO ALLIES | TURKEY & BRITAIN, 1914-1952

2nd WORKSHOP: The British Empire & the Turkish Republic in the 1920s & 1930s

Venue: Churchill College, Cambrige, UK

Read Workshop report by Dr. Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal


Friday 31 March.
9.30-10.00  Coffee and registration.

Panel 1: Britain and the Turkish War of Independence
 [Chair: Sir David Logan]

Alp Yenen (Basel University), “Ambiguous forces, anxious minds, and liminal times: the dialectic of British officialdom’s perceptions and misperceptions of the Anatolian resistance movement.”

Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith (King’s College London), “Mistaken choices? British policy towards Greece and Turkey from Mudros to Lausanne.”

Richard Toye (University of Exeter), “Britain, France and the imperial rhetoric of the Chanak crisis.”

12.00-13.00 Lunch.

13.00-15.00 Panel 2: Britain and the occupation of Istanbul
[Chair: Warren Dockter]

Alaaddin Paksoy (Anadolu University), “The death penalty”: representations of the Treaty of Sèvres in the Istanbul press in 1920.”

Hakan Özoğlu (University of Central Florida) “British plans for the creation of a separate ‘state of Constantinople.’”

Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal (British Institute At Ankara), “The capitulations and martial law in occupied Istanbul, 1918-1923.”

15.00-15.30 Coffee Break.

15.30-17.30 Panel 3: Non-state actors and Turco-British entanglements
[Chair: Stephen Mitchell]

Alan M. Greaves and Françoise Rutland (University of Liverpool), “John Garstang and the formation of the Turkish Republic: a postcolonial reading.”

Nagihan Haliloğlu (Ibn Khaldun University) “Halide Edib in Hampstead: representations of the occupier and the host.”

17.45-19.00 Keynote lecture
[Chair: Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal]

Dilek Barlas (Koç University) “Turkey and Britain in the interwar years: becoming allies in the transitional period.”

19.30-21.00 Dinner.

Saturday 1 April.

10.00-12.00 Panel 4: Images of self and other in culture and diplomacy
[Chair: Leonidas Karakatsanis] 

Burçin Çakır (Glasgow Caledonian University), “British-Turkish diplomacy: the memory and commemoration of Gallipoli, 1923-1939.”

Kadir Dede (Hacettepe University), “A former enemy, a strange model: the paradoxical image of Britain in Turkish novels, 1928-1938.”

Rasmus Bertelsen (University of Tromsø-The Artic University of Norway), “British and French elite perceptions of Atatürk and Kemalist Turkey: the importance of pre-existing Republican categories?”

12.00-13.00 Lunch.
13.00-15.00 Panel 5: Turkey, Britain and the new Middle East
[Chair: Bill Park]

Georgios Giannakopoulos (Queen Mary University), “A world safe for empires? A.J. Toynbee and the shifting landscape of the Near/Middle East in interwar Britain.”

Selçuk Aydın (King’s College London), “Post-Ottoman state forms and types of Kurdish movements: a comparative analysis of the single-party period in Turkey and the British mandate in Iraq.”

Seda Altuğ (Boğaziçi University) “Nationalist transgressions and indirect rule: Turkey and the Syrian Kurds.”

15.00-15.30 Coffee break.

15.30-17.30 Panel 6: Treaty-making and diplomacy in the interwar years
[Chair: William Hale]

Jordi Tejel (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), “The ‘Mosul Affair’ in the light of local players, 1918-1925.”

Barış Gülmez, (Koç University) “Sir Percy Lorraine and the Turkish-British rapprochement in the 1930s.”

Mustafa Türkeş (Middle East Technical University) “The evolution of the Straits question from Lausanne to Montreux.”

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