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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