YASAK/BANNED: Print Media and Cultural Spaces from Abdülhamid to Erdogan

November 2, 2017 - 5:30 pm to November 3, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Edhem Eldem

The conference begins Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:00 PM with a Vernissage of the related Duke libraries exhibit: Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from late Ottoman and Republican Turkey (Perkins Library Rare Book Room). At 6:30 PM, Professor Edhem Eldem (Bogaziçi University, History) will present a Keynote entitled, Sultan Abdülhamid II: Founding Father of the Turkish State? in the Bostock Library Holsti-Anderson Room. On Friday, Nov. 3 we will host three conference panels in Holsti-Anderson with local and guest experts: Gender and Media (9 AM), Cultural Spaces from Empire to Republic (11 AM) and Censorship and Political Satire (2:30 PM). The conference will conclude with a Roundtable (4:30 PM).

Schedule | Thursday, November 2nd

Reception - 5:30 PM

Keynote: Edhem Eldem 6:30 PM

Schedule | Friday, November 3rd 

Begins at 9:00 AM

Introduction: Erdag Göknar (Director, Middle East Studies Center)

Panel 1: Gender and Media (Facilitator: miriam cooke)

Irvin Schick - Sultan Abdülhamid II in the Eyes of his Detractors: Satire, Sexualization, and the Motif of Oriental Despotism  (Independent Scholar)

Banu Gokariksel - Fragile Masculinity: Satirical Representations of Erdoğan's Embodied Politics (UNC)

Didem Havlioglu - Bearded Women, Coquettish Men: Body Politics and Gender from Empire to State (Duke)

Perin Gürel - Bad Headscarf, Good Headscarf: Drawing the (Hair)lines of Turkishness  (Notre Dame)


Begins at 11:00 AM

Panel 2: Cultural Spaces from Empire to Republic (Facilitator: Cemil Aydin)

Carole Woodall - Black Spaces: The Cultural Politics of Early Jazz in 1920s Istanbul  (Colorado)

Erdag Göknar - Occupied Istanbul as a Late Ottoman Legacy of Turkish Modernity (Duke)

Kent Schull - Incarceration as Contested Cultural Space from the Empire to Erdoğan (Binghamton)   

Amy Mills - Open Secrets in the City: Wealth and Corruption in Armistice-Era Istanbul (USC)


Begins at 2:30 PM

Panel 3: Censorship and Political Satire (Sarah Shields)

Palmira Brummett - Censorship in Late Ottoman Istanbul: The Ordinary, Extraodinary, The Visual (UT, Knoxville)

Adam Mestyan - Too Hot? Temperature, Censorship, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Theatre, 1880s (Duke)

Melike E. Boylan - Don't Make Me Laugh: The Role of Humor in Turkish Society - (Independent Scholar)

Yasemin Gencer - Counterfeiting Sovereignty: Portrait Caricature and Censorship under Atatürk and Erdoğan (Independent Scholar)


Begins at 4:30 PM


Cemil Aydın

miriam cooke

Edhem Eldem

Charles Kurzman

Sarah Shields



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(919) 668-1653

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