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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