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Magdalena Zaborowska on James Baldwin’s Turkish decade

Magdalena Zaborowska on James Baldwin’s Turkish decade

July 7, 2020

Magdalena Zaborowska, professor of literature at the University of Michigan, on "James Baldwin's Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile" (Duke University Press). The book looks at the great African American author's extensive periods living and working in Istanbul from 1961 to 1971.

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Serhun Al on the historical origins of Turkey’s Kurdish question

Serhun Al on the historical origins of Turkey’s Kurdish question

June 23, 2020

Serhun Al, co-editor of “Comparative Kurdish Politics in the Middle East” (Palgrave Macmillan) and author of “Patterns of Nationhood and Saving the State in Turkey” (Routledge), on the historical origins of Turkey's Kurdish issue and the latest crackdown on the Kurdish movement.

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Oya Dursun-Özkanca on Turkey’s foreign policy after Covid-19

Oya Dursun-Özkanca on Turkey’s foreign policy after Covid-19

June 9, 2020

Oya Dursun-Özkanca, professor of political science at Elizabethtown College, on her book “Turkey-West Relations: The Politics of Intra-Alliance Opposition” (Cambridge University Press) and Ankara's grand ambitions for the post-coronavirus world.

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Ünver Rüstem on the Baroque in Istanbul and Ottoman rise and decline

Ünver Rüstem on the Baroque in Istanbul and Ottoman rise and decline

May 26, 2020

Ünver Rüstem on "Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul" (Princeton University Press). The book examines the adoption of Baroque and rococo styles in Istanbul mosques between 1740 and 1800, looking at how this fits into popular ideas of Ottoman decline and Western influence.

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Michael Wuthrich on main opposition mayors and populism in Turkey

Michael Wuthrich on main opposition mayors and populism in Turkey

May 12, 2020

Michael Wuthrich of the University of Kansas on "The Pushback Against Populism: Running on 'Radical Love' in Turkey", co-authored with Melvyn Ingleby for the Journal of Democracy. The paper examines the main opposition's local election campaign in 2019, when it applied sophisticated tactics to counter the ruling party's populism.

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Şeyda Çetin and Ebru Esra Satıcı on Ukrainian artist Alexis Gritchenko’s Istanbul years, 1919-21

Şeyda Çetin and Ebru Esra Satıcı on Ukrainian artist Alexis Gritchenko’s Istanbul years, 1919-21

April 28, 2020

Şeyda Çetin and Ebru Esra Satıcı discuss the Meşher gallery's exhibition on Ukrainian painter Alexis Gritchenko's Istanbul years from 1919 to 1921. Gritchenko produced over 600 works in the occupied city, to which thousands of White Russians fled after the First World War and the Russian Revolution.

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Ayfer Karakaya-Stump on Alevis in today’s Turkey and in 15th century Anatolia

Ayfer Karakaya-Stump on Alevis in today’s Turkey and in 15th century Anatolia

April 14, 2020

Ayfer Karakaya-Stump, associate professor of history at The College of William and Mary, on “The Kizilbash Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics and Community” (Edinburgh University Press). The book traces the origins of today's Alevis as a unified religious group back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

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Ryan Gingeras on the paradoxes of Turkey in the age of Atatürk

Ryan Gingeras on the paradoxes of Turkey in the age of Atatürk

March 31, 2020

Ryan Gingeras on “Eternal Dawn: Turkey in the Age of Atatürk” (Oxford University Press) on the late Ottoman and early republican period, examining the paradoxes behind the rise and consecration of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from the First World War, through the Turkish war of independence, and to his death in 1938.

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Omar Kadkoy on Syrian refugees, the EU deal and migrants in Turkey

Omar Kadkoy on Syrian refugees, the EU deal and migrants in Turkey

March 17, 2020

Omar Kadkoy, policy analyst at the TEPAV think tank, on the over 3.5 million Syrian migrants and refugees in Turkey, the Ankara-EU migrant deal, shifting public opinion, and the legal future of Syrians in the country.

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Onur İşçi on Turkey-Russia ties during the Second World War and today

Onur İşçi on Turkey-Russia ties during the Second World War and today

March 3, 2020

Onur İşçi on “Turkey and the Soviet Union during World War II” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book counter-intuitively argues that the breakdown in Turkey-Soviet relations in the Second World War and at the start of the Cold War was an anomaly in a 20th century in which Turkey and Russia in fact cooperated widely.

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Ayse Zarakol on stigma and status anxiety in Turkey’s ties to the West

Ayse Zarakol on stigma and status anxiety in Turkey’s ties to the West

February 18, 2020

Ayşe Zarakol on “After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West” (Cambridge University Press). The book examines how a sense of “stigma” has dogged the way modern Turkey engages with the Western-led international order, as well as comparable cases of Japan and Russia.

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Erkan Saka on social media, trolling and fake news in Turkey

Erkan Saka on social media, trolling and fake news in Turkey

February 4, 2020

Erkan Saka on “Social Media and Politics in Turkey: A Journey Through Citizen Journalism, Political Trolling and Fake News” (Lexington). The book looks at the transformation of social media use in Turkey over the years, as well as the government crackdown on social media platforms and users.

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Ayhan Kaya on migration from Turkey to Europe, past and present

Ayhan Kaya on migration from Turkey to Europe, past and present

January 21, 2020

Ayhan Kaya of Istanbul Bilgi University on “Turkish Origin Migrants and Their Descendants” (Palgrave Macmillan). The book examines migration from Turkey to Europe since the 1960s, arguing that home and host countries have increasingly defined migrants within rigid, religiously-defined boundaries, with ambivalent results.

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Mike Giglio on reporting the rise and fall of ISIS from Turkey, Syria and Iraq

Mike Giglio on reporting the rise and fall of ISIS from Turkey, Syria and Iraq

January 7, 2020

Mike Giglio, staff writer at The Atlantic, on "Shatter the Nations: ISIS and the War for the Caliphate" (Public Affairs). The book describes Giglio's years reporting on the rise and fall of ISIS from Turkey, Syria and Iraq, including time embedded on the front line with Iraqi special forces and the Syrian Kurdish YPG.

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Bilge Yabancı on youth groups cultivating Turkey’s religious nationalism

Bilge Yabancı on youth groups cultivating Turkey’s religious nationalism

December 17, 2019

Bilge Yabancı on her paper “Work for the Nation, Obey the State, Praise the Ummah: Turkey’s Government-oriented Youth Organizations in Cultivating a New Nation”. The paper explores the relationship between the ruling AKP and youth groups that share its goal of shepherding Turkey down a religious, nationalist, conservative course.

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Caner Yelbaşı on the Circassians in Turkey and the Ottoman Empire

Caner Yelbaşı on the Circassians in Turkey and the Ottoman Empire

December 3, 2019

Caner Yelbaşı on “The Circassians in Turkey: War, Violence and Nationalism from the Ottomans to Atatürk” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). The book describes the course of Circassians in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey after they were driven from their north Caucasus homeland by the Russian Empire in the 19th century.

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Jonathan Rugman on Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Jonathan Rugman on Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

November 19, 2019

Jonathan Rugman, foreign correspondent at Channel 4 News, on “The Killing in the Consulate: Investigating the Life and Death of Jamal Khashoggi” (Simon & Schuster). The book examines the gruesome killing of Saudi journalist Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul Consulate, as well as Khashoggi's complex professional and personal life.

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Zeynep Şentek on industry and politics in environmental ‘disaster zone’ Dilovası

Zeynep Şentek on industry and politics in environmental ‘disaster zone’ Dilovası

November 5, 2019

Zeynep Şentek on the environment, public health and politics in Dilovası, a heavily polluted industrial district near Istanbul. Şentek is among the reporters of a recent Black Sea.EU article on a "public health disaster zone" where dangerous chemicals are belched into the air, cancer rates are reportedly above average, and locals suffer from severe respiratory conditions.

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Soner Çağaptay on Syria and Erdoğan’s Middle East quandary

Soner Çağaptay on Syria and Erdoğan’s Middle East quandary

October 22, 2019

Soner Çağaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on how Turkey's military incursion into northeast Syria fits into President Erdoğan's broader policies in the Middle East. Çağaptay is author most recently of “Erdogan's Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). 

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Holly Shissler on late Ottoman man of letters Ahmet Mithat Efendi

Holly Shissler on late Ottoman man of letters Ahmet Mithat Efendi

October 8, 2019

Holly Shissler, associate professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish History at the University of Chicago, on the life and work of Ahmet Mithat Efendi (1844-1912). The publisher of major newspaper Tercuman-i Hakikat, Ahmet Mithat also wrote many fictional works including Felatun Bey and Rakim Efendi, which appeared in English in 2016.

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