Lora Sarı on the life, photography and writing of Ara Guler

December 11, 2018

Lora Sarı on the life, photography and writing of the late Ara Güler, following the publication of "We Will Live After Babylon" (Aras). The book is a collection of Güler's writings, interspersed with his classic photographs.

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Alev Scott on ‘Ottoman Odyssey: Travels Through a Lost Empire’

November 27, 2018

Alev Scott on "Ottoman Odyssey: Travels Through a Lost Empire" (Riverrun), her travelogue exploring the past and present of Turkey and the former territories of the Ottoman Empire.

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Avedis Hadjian on the ‘hidden Armenians’ of Anatolia

November 13, 2018

Avedis Hadjian on his book "Secret Nation: The Hidden Armenians of Turkey" (IB Tauris).

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Begum Adalet on the Cold War origins of Turkey-US ties

October 30, 2018

Begüm Adalet on "Hotels and Highways: The Construction of Modernization Theory in Cold War Turkey" (Stanford University Press).

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Doğu Eroğlu on investigating ISIS networks in Turkey

October 16, 2018

Doğu Eroğlu on "ISIS Networks: Radicalisation, Organisation, Logistics in Turkey” (İletişim), his forensic account of jihadi operations in Turkey and grassroots radicalisation, based on years of on-the-ground reporting.

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Sinan Yıldırmaz on urban migration and the peasantry in Turkish politics

October 2, 2018

Sinan Yıldırmaz of Istanbul University on "Politics and the Peasantry in Post-War Turkey" (IB Tauris), examining the transition to a multi-party system after the Second World War and the importance of urban migration in shaping politics up to today.

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Nazlı Alimen on faith, headscarves and conservative fashion in Turkey

September 18, 2018

Nazlı Alimen on her book "Faith and Fashion in Turkey: Consumption, Politics and Islamic Identity" (IB Tauris).

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Ahmet Erdi Öztürk on the rising profile of Turkey’s religious affairs directorate

September 4, 2018

Ahmet Erdi Öztürk of Strasbourg University on the past, present and future of the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet). Öztürk is author of the paper “Turkey’s Diyanet under AKP rule: From protector to imposer of state ideology?” and co-author of “The Diyanet as a Turkish foreign policy tool.”

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Halil Karaveli on a history of authoritarianism in modern Turkey

August 21, 2018

Halil Karaveli on “Why Turkey is Authoritarian: From Atatürk to Erdoğan” (Pluto Press). Against the idea that the secularism-Islam divide is the fundamental driver of Turkey’s modern history, Karaveli argues that protecting dominant class interests lies behind authoritarianism in its civilian and military guises.

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Dimitar Bechev on Turkey-Russia relations, past and present

August 7, 2018

Dimitar Bechev of the Atlantic Council on the past and present of Turkey-Russia relations, which he describes as "rich in history, ambivalent and rich in nuance, blending fierce competition with cooperation." 

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Amy Spangler on the writing of Sevgi Soysal and running a literary agency in Istanbul

July 24, 2018

Amy Spangler on the life and work of Sevgi Soysal, whose classic 1973 novel "Noontime in Yenişehir" she translated into English. She also discusses co-founding the literary agency AnatoliaLit and her work on "Seher," a collection of stories penned in jail by former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş.

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Michael Provence on the last Ottoman generation and the making of the Middle East

July 10, 2018

Michael Provence of UC San Diego on "The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East" (Cambridge University Press). The book examines both continuities and ruptures in the years during and after the First World War, when the fall of the Ottoman Empire led to seismic shocks across the Middle East.

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Jonathan Varjabedian on family letters from Anatolia to America, 1912 to 1919

June 26, 2018

Jonathan Varjabedian on “My Dear Son Garabed: Kojaian Family Letters from Efkere/Kayseri to America (1912-1919)” (Histor Press), a remarkable collection of letters sent from the Anatolian village of Efkere between 1912 and 1919. They were sent to Garabed Kojaian and his father Harutian, among the many Ottoman Armenians migrating to America in the early 20th century.

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Cengiz Erişen on emotions and election campaigns in Turkey

June 12, 2018

Cengiz Erişen of Istanbul's Yeditepe University on "Political Behavior and the Emotional Citizen: Participation and Reaction in Turkey" (Palgrave Macmillan), focusing on the months between the June 2015 and November 2015 elections as well as the current campaign for the snap presidential and parliamentary elections. 

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Erin Banco on the plundering of Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil wealth

May 29, 2018

Erin Banco on "Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraq's Oil Wealth" (Columbia Global Reports), uncovering squalid deals, unscrupulous foreign oil companies, and rampant corruption in the Kurdistan Regional Government since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It also touches on Turkey's role in fostering Erbil's independence from Baghdad through oil deals.

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John McManus on football culture and society in Turkey

May 15, 2018

John McManus, fellow at the British Institute at Ankara, on "Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football" (W&N), a colourful exploration of what the beautiful game can tell us about a football-mad society and Turkey’s modern history.

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Volkan Yılmaz on the politics of healthcare and welfare in Turkey

May 1, 2018

Volkan Yılmaz, assistant professor of social policy at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University, on “The Politics of Healthcare Reform in Turkey” (Palgrave Macmillan).

The book examines reforms in the country’s healthcare system under the AKP since 2003: What changed? What improved? What got worse? Who gained? Who lost?

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Aslı Aydıntaşbaş on Turkey and Europe beyond hypocrisy

April 17, 2018

Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, journalist and fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, on the ECFR's recent report: "The Discreet Charm of Hypocrisy: An EU-Turkey Power Audit."

Based on interviews with top officials on all sides, the report examines bitter relations between Brussels and Ankara. It recommends finding a new model beyond the hypocritical and stalled accession process.

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Diana Darke on Abu Chaker and the modern history of Syria

April 3, 2018

Diana Darke on “The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival” (Hurst). The book traces the life of Abu Chaker, a textile merchant from Homs who lived from 1921 to 2013, in parallel with the story of the modern history of Syria - examining the social, cultural and political context that shaped him. It also touches on the emergence of the ongoing war, which Darke herself witnessed as she was living in a historical courtyard house in Damascus’ old town until a few years ago.

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Max Hoffman on Turkey’s latest nationalist wave

March 20, 2018

Max Hoffman of the Center for American Progress on the major recent study “Is Turkey Experiencing a New Nationalism?” based on focus groups and polling with the Metropoll research company.

The report finds that Turkey remains a deeply nationalist, conservative country, where the national mood is prickly, defensive and conspiratorial. But it also contains some perhaps surprising details about attitudes to President Erdoğan, levels of religiosity in young people, and the political opinions of Turkish women.

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