Examining Cultural and Artistic Production of the 68 Movement in Turkey via Literature and Art Magazines

Vortrag von Erdem Çolak, M.A. (Amsterdam)

im Rahmen der TEZ-Vortragsreihe „1968 und die wilden 1960er Jahre. Geschichte, Einfluss und Wirkung einer globalen Bewegung in der Türkei“

Termin: 02.05.2018, 18 Uhr c.t.
Ort: Rm 221, Asien-Afrika-Institut (Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Flügel Ost)

The Turkish 68 movement has been widely discussed throughout years over its leaders’ personal characteristics, political positions and texts that accompany with political fragmentations. Yet, the Turkish case of 68 has resonated in different fields as well and cannot be reduced to mere political disputes. In its 50th anniversary, this research would like to open the productions of 68 movement in Turkey up for discussion. By specifically focusing on some art, culture and literature magazines that have been published in late 60s and early 70s such as Yeni Gerçek (New Reality), Yeni Eylem (New Action), Halkın Dostları (Friends of People) and Yarına Doğru (Towards the Future), it is aimed to develop a new perspective on how young people were both struggling in political sphere and discussing on the role of art and culture towards and after revolution, the new form and content of an artwork, the trajectory of socialist realism and the revision of Turkish literature history from a Marxist perspective.

Erdem Çolak is a PhD Researcher at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam. He received an MA degree from University of Birmingham, UK and a BA degree from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, both in the field of political science. He is mainly interested in the changing relationship between politics and art after 1960s.

Publications (Selected): “Art in the Street: The Significant Role of Using the Art, Literature and Humour in the Gezi Resistance”. International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 2014, 07(04): 463–476; “İslam ile Görsel Mizah: Türkiye’de İslami Mizah Dergiciliğinin Dönüşümünün Bir Eleştirisi” (Islam and Visual Humor: A Critic of the Transformation of the Islamic Humour Magazine Publishing in Turkey). Moment: Journal of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Communication, Hacettepe University, 2016, 3(1), 228-247; “Das Weisse Band Üzerine Fragmanlar” (Fragments on Das Weisse Band). Doğu Batı (73), 2015, : 147-160. 

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Turkish Politics and Student Protest in the Long Sixties: The Cyprus Question as Α(nother) Catalyst for the Turkish 1968 Protest Movement

Vortrag von Dr. Nikos Christofis (Thessaloniki) im Rahmen der TEZ-Vortragsreihe „1968 und die wilden 1960er Jahre. Geschichte, Einfluss und Wirkung einer globalen Bewegung in der Türkei“

Termin: 18.04.2018, 18 Uhr c.t.
Ort: Rm 221, Asien-Afrika-Institut (Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Flügel Ost)

The transnational phenomenon of 1968 was felt keenly around the globe with direct and immediate, or almost immediate, impact. This can be seen in the virtual simultaneity of events that took place in the Western world, as well as elsewhere. Turkey was no exception to that domino effect; actually, radicalization in Turkey was going hand in hand with radicalization in the West. Turning our attention to Turkey, it will be argued in the lecture that, along with issues such as the Arab-Israeli War and the Vietnam War, and the increasing anti-Americanism seen over the long sixties, the Cyprus Question was neglected. For this reason, it is not usually included in those reasons that led to student radicalization and the Turkish 1968. In other words, it will be argued that Cyprus was another catalyst directly linked with global developments and the protest repertoires of the student movement in Turkey during the 1960s.

Nikos Christofis is adjunct lecturer at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia in Greece and postdoctoral researcher at the same university. He is also adjunct lecturer at the Hellenic Open University. He previously was postdoctoral researcher at the Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH) in Athens, Greece. He completed his PhD at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden, the Netherlands. His revised and expanded thesis, From Socialism via Anti-Imperialism to Nationalism. EDA – TİP: Socialist Contest over Cyprus, will be published soon. His work focuses on comparative historical analysis in the Eastern Mediterranean, and in particular in Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus. He is the chief editor of the academic website, Ottoman and Turkish Studies at Dissertation Reviews and member of the editorial board of the journal New Middle Eastern Studies.

Publikationen (Auswahl): “Greek and Turkish Left Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters on Cyprus during the Cold War”, in N. Christofis and Thekla Kyritsi (eds.), Cypriot Nationalisms in Context: Colonialism, Politics, Gender & Class, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2018; “Collective and Counter Memory: The ‘Invention of Resistance’ in the Rhetoric of the Greek and Turkish Left, 1951-1971”, pp. 208-227, in Leonidas Karakatsanis and Nikolaos Papadogiannis (eds.), The Politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece & Cyprus: Performing the Left Since the 1960s, London and New York: Routledge, 2017; “Anti-Imperialism in Greece and Turkey regarding Cyprus (1950s and 1960s)”, pp. 280-286, in Immanuel Ness and Zak Cope (eds.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; “Turkey and the Cold War”, pp. 257-281, in Frank Jacob (ed.), Peripheries of the Cold War/Peripherien des Kalten Krieges, Comparative Studies from a Global Perspective Vol. 3, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2015.

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TEZ-Vortragsreihe im Sommersemester 2018 – TEZ goes Sixties!

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Consortium for European Symposia on Turkey (CEST): CfP “Societal Conflict and Cohabitation in Turkey and Beyond”

Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS) invites submissions of abstracts for the Fourth Annual European Symposium on Turkey, which will be held in Stockholm from November 29 to December 1, 2018.

Deadline for submissions: May 8, 2018.

For further information and contact details, please see: CEST 2018 Call for Papers 


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Turkish Academy Summer School (Brno, Czech Republic)

Norbert Aepli, Switzerland

Turkish Academy is a joint summer school programme of Masaryk University, University of Hamburg, and the publishing house Větrné mlýny. It will take place in July 2018 and will form an integral part of the biggest literary festival in Central Europe, Author’s Reading Month (http://www.autorskecteni.cz/en). In July 2018, this festival is going to welcome 31 leading Turkish writers.

For more information please see: Turkish Academy announcement (PDF)

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„Frauen sollten dankbar sein, verprügelt zu werden“

„Das Unrecht hat in der Türkei viele Gesichter. Ein Gefangener stirbt in der Haft, eine Frau wird von einem Mann bedroht und vom Staat bestraft, die Polizei schlägt auf Demonstrantinnen ein: Internationaler Frauentag in Erdogans Reich.“, schreibt Bülent Mumay in seinem „Brief aus Istanbul“ für FAZ.NET.


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Frauen gegen Erdogan – „Unser Widerstand ist ungebrochen“

Selime Büyükgöze, türkische Frauenrechtlerin

„Feministinnen in der Türkei führen den Protest gegen Präsident Erdogan mit an. Zum Weltfrauentag rufen sie zu Massendemonstrationen auf. Kann der Feminismus die türkische Demokratie retten?“, fragt Maximilian Popp in einem Beitrag für SPIEGEL.DE.

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