Turkey Book Talk
Patrick Keddie on football and the story of modern Turkey

Patrick Keddie on football and the story of modern Turkey

April 23, 2019

Patrick Keddie on “The Passion: Football and the Story of Modern Turkey” (IB Taurus/Bloomsbury), a sweeping account of the cultural, social, political and economic significance of football in contemporary Turkey.

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Şevket Pamuk on the economic history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey since 1820

Şevket Pamuk on the economic history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey since 1820

April 9, 2019

Şevket Pamuk, Professor of Economics at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University, on “Uneven Centuries: Economic Development of Turkey Since 1820” (Princeton University Press).

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Ceren Lord on religious politics in Turkey

Ceren Lord on religious politics in Turkey

March 26, 2019

Ceren Lord, Research Fellow at Oxford University’s School of Global and Area Studies, on “Religious Politics in Turkey: From the Birth of the Republic to the AKP” (Cambridge University Press). The book argues against the popular binary understanding of modern Turkish history, which pits a monolithic secular state against an authentic religious society.

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Doğuş Şimşek and Yusuf Sayman on African migrants in Istanbul

Doğuş Şimşek and Yusuf Sayman on African migrants in Istanbul

March 12, 2019

Doğus Şimşek of Koç University and photographer Yusuf Sayman on “Çabuk Çabuk: Africans in Istanbul” (Pencere Yayınları). The book features text by Şimşek and over 100 photos by Sayman, giving a glimpse into the lives of migrants from a range of African countries struggling to get by in Istanbul.

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Selda Tuncer on women and public space in Ankara, 1950 to 1980

Selda Tuncer on women and public space in Ankara, 1950 to 1980

February 26, 2019

Selda Tuncer, assistant professor at Yüzüncü Yıl University, on “Women and Public Space in Turkey: Gender, Modernity and the Urban Experience” (IB Tauris). The book is based on interviews with dozens of women who lived in the Turkish capital Ankara between 1950 and 1980.

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Selim Koru on Turkey, Russia and the power of political resentment

Selim Koru on Turkey, Russia and the power of political resentment

February 12, 2019

Selim Koru on his paper: “The Resiliency of Turkey-Russia Relations.” Despite being historic rivals and at odds on many issues, Koru argues that Ankara-Moscow ties are becoming increasingly warm due to a shared underlying worldview, spurred by resentment of the West.

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Maureen Freely on the life and work of Sait Faik Abasiyanik

Maureen Freely on the life and work of Sait Faik Abasiyanik

January 29, 2019

Maureen Freely on the enduring appeal of Sait Faik Abasiyanik (1906-1954), perhaps Turkey’s greatest short story writer. Freely co-translated a selection of Sait Faik’s stories, published in English as “A Useless Man” (Archipelago).

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Caroline Eden on a culinary journey along the Black Sea coast

Caroline Eden on a culinary journey along the Black Sea coast

January 15, 2019

Caroline Eden on “Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes – Through Darkness and Light” (Quadrille), a richly illustrated part-cookbook, part-travelogue describing places, people and recipes from the Black Sea coasts of Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria to Istanbul, Trabzon and Rize in Turkey.

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Yigit Akin on the Ottoman home front during World War One

Yigit Akin on the Ottoman home front during World War One

January 1, 2019

Yigit Akin on “When the War Came Home: The Ottomans’ Great War and the Devastation of an Empire” (Stanford University Press), a richly researched study on the consequences of the First World War on everyday social life across Ottoman territories as the empire collapsed. 

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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