Turkey in Global Contexts


February 26-28, 2020

Duke University


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

12:00-1:00 pm

Franklin Center Room 240

İstanbul: The Beloved CitySelim Kuru (UW Seattle) and Oscar Aguirre Mandujano (UPenn)

(Open to Public; Moderated by Didem Havlioğlu)

Every Wednesday the Franklin Center organizes one-hour public talks over lunch. The discussion is geared toward a general audience. Questions are posed by students and professors from different disciplines, but also from the curious regulars.

For “İstanbul: The Beloved City”, Oscar and Selim will share insights on early modern Istanbul as represented in Ottoman Turkish literature. This will be the first time most of the audience will hear about the culture/politics/aesthetics of love in the Ottoman capital. It will be a fascinating discovery but bear in mind that the audience will not be able to follow a dense academic discussion. You may get basic but revealing questions.


Workshop for the Handbook of Turkish Literature

(Closed Session; Moderated by Didem Havlioğlu and Zeynep)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

9:00 am-12:30 pm

Franklin Center Room 240 


This is a meeting of the editors and authors of the Handbook. It will open with the editors’ overall summary of the volume, including its framework and intended contribution to the field. We think it will be most productive if each of us shares a 5-10 page draft of our papers by 1 February, 2020. This will give us enough time to read each others’ papers and raise some questions. At the meeting, everybody will present their paper in 10 min., which will be followed by a 10 min. discussion of the specific paper and its contribution to the Handbook


An Overview of Academic Freedom in Turkey

(Open to Public; Moderated by Erdağ Göknar and Didem Havlioğlu)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

3:00 – 5:00 pm

PINK PARLOR, East Campus

This panel will be open to public and we expect considerable interest among the scholarly community. With this panel we would like to achieve two goals: to give the historical background of Turkish academia and also reflect on your personal experiences.


Turkish Novel in Global Contexts Panel and Roundtable

(Open to Public; Moderated by Erdağ Göknar and Nancy Armstrong)

Friday, 28 February 2020

9:30 am-12:00 pm

RUB 349 (Breedlove)

Panel presentation by Zeynep, Hülya, Murat and Efe (15 minutes each) on various academic themes and issues of the modern Turkish novel in global contexts as it pertains to your own work and the field. The Panel will be followed by a Roundtable discussion with Duke Faculty and conclude with an early lunch.

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Video from one of the talks: