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LECTURE: Women and Public Space in Turkey

LECTURE: Women and Public Space in Turkey

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

24 October 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Selda Tuncer (Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yüzüncü Yıl University, Van)

Discussant: Güven Arif Sargın (Professor, Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University)

Summary of Event: How and in what ways do women participate in public life? What are the narratives that shape women’s experience of public space? In this lecture, based on her newly published book, feminist sociologist Selda Tuncer explores women’s everyday experiences of public space as well as how women interpret their experiences in modern Turkey. By focusing on the period between 1950 and 1980, when the Turkish modernization process had reached a mature phase, she provides a comprehensive historical understanding of women’s lives and their experiences of public space. She analyses not only women’s relationship with public space, but also gendered processes of nation-building, socio-cultural transformations, and the crucial connections between gender, modernity and the urban experience in the non-Western context. 

Keywords: Gender Studies; Modernisation in Turkey; Contemporary Turkey

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LECTURE: Archaeologists and Treasure Hunters on the Tigris

LECTURE: Archaeologists and Treasure Hunters on the Tigris

London | The British Academy

06 November 2018 18:30 to 20:30

When British Consul-General and explorer J. G. Taylor surveyed the remains of Arzan in the province of Batman, he stumbled upon something remarkable - treasure littering its ancient streets:

“So many medals of gold and silver are found here that the fellahs who till the ground are paid nothing by the owner…and they give him in addition half of what they may find.”

That was in the 1860s, however the ‘farming’ of antiquities continues to this day, providing subsistence for those who need it and feeding ‘get rich quick’ dreams.  All that is needed is a scruffy map, a barely legible sign, a bit of luck, and sometimes a metal detector bought online.

In this lecture, Dr Gül Pulhan – who leads a salvage excavation in the area – will describe the efforts of the Batman, Mardin and Diyarbakır regional archaeology museums to protect archaeological heritage by conducting scientific excavations, producing exhibitions, raising awareness and undertaking educational programmes for children and adults.  The current Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) project – led by the BIAA and funded by the UK Cultural Protection Fund – is involved in spearheading similar endeavours.

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LECTURE: Rethinking Gender and Travel Writing

LECTURE: Rethinking Gender and Travel Writing

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

28 November 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Peter Cherry (Assistant Professor in the Department of Turkish Literature at Bilkent University - BIAA postdoctoral Fellow 2017-18. 

Discussant: TBA

Summary of Event: In scholarship on the literary commerce between Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire, the voices of women writers have traditionally been marginalised. In this talk, Peter Cherry reclaims such voices and their transcultural literary exchanges by examining the conversation between two women writers who challenged ‘East’ and ‘West’ binaries at the turn of the century. The encounter between Hadidjé Zennour and Grace Ellison lead to a number of literary collaborations, including the mutual editing of writing projects aimed at both British and Turkish reading audiences. Ellison was instrumental in the publication of Hadidje Zenour’s A Turkish Woman’s European Impressions (1913; under the Anglicised pseudonym Zeynep Hanoum); while Zeynep Hanoum contributed to Ellison’s writing on Turkey in her volume An Englishwoman in a Turkish Harem (1915). 

Keywords: Comparative Literature; Contemporary Turkey; Hadidjé Zennour; Grace Ellison

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AGM LECTURE 2018

London | The British Academy

06 December 2018 18:30 to 20:30

AGM Lecture 2018

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