The Religious/Secular Divide in Turkish Television Drama: Three Media Platforms

Location BIAA, 154 Atatürk Bulvarı, and online

Date and time Wednesday 8 May 2024
17:00 - 19:00 (London BST)
19:00 - 21:00 (Ankara UTC+3)

Speakers Petra de Bruijn
Leiden University

Event Summary

Since the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) governs Turkey, religiosity has become more visible in society. Several television series explore the interaction between conservative/religious and modern/secular lifestyles. This lecture focuses on three case studies: the Netflix series Bir Başkadır (Ethos, 2020), Kızılçık Şerbeti (Cranberry Sorbet, 2022-2023) broadcasted on the mainstream private channel Show TV, and the TRT 1 series Yedi Güzel Adam (Seven Nice Men, 2014-2015). After briefly explaining the embedding of the re-emergence of religiosity in Türkiye’s socio-political history, the lecture will supply a short overview of the development towards the presentation of religiosity in television drama. Then, it will zoom in on the three case studies, analysing how conservative/religious lifestyles and modern/secular lifestyles are presented.

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Event Speakers

Petra de Bruijn

Leiden University

Petra de Bruijn teaches on Turkish literature, theatre, film, and television drama at the Leiden University. Dr. Petra de Bruijn obtained her PhD at Leiden University (1997) and she works at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) for the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. In her scholarly work, she combines research on religion in Turkish television drama with research on modern Turkish prose literature, film and theatre. She has published on topics as diverse as the plays and novels of the Turkish author Adalet Ağaoğlu, miniature painting as a post-modern technique in Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red and the depiction of Islam in Turkish cinema.