OBJECTIVE: The North-by-North Turkish Studies Reading Group provides a space for critical, interdisciplinary discussion about contemporary Turkey. After launching last fall, we are pleased to announce the program for our second year. Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year we will meet bimonthly. Each session will be devoted to discussion of a recent book on Turkey. Texts will range from works of academic scholarship to recent translations of 20th-century Turkish literature into English, as well as long-form journalistic accounts of the country. Some meetings will also include a screening of a film or presentation of visual texts as basis for discussion in addition to the assigned text. Participants are expected to get copies of the books for themselves and encouraged to try to read the whole text prior to the scheduled meetings. Since there are relatively few spaces where Montreal-based scholars, journalists, writers, and documentary film-makers working on contemporary Turkey can gather, our group provides a place at McGill where people with both professional and personal interests in Turkey can meet. It will also serve as a bridge to connect McGill academics to people working on and interested in Turkey in the city of Montreal more broadly. Given Turkey’s geopolitical importance and recent events in the country that have propelled it into daily headlines, this year the group will be particularly topical. The group is organized with support and collaboration of The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas or IPLAI.
GROUPS LEADERS: The group will be organized and led by Kate Elizabeth Creasey, Timur Hammond, and Ipek Tureli. Kate develops factual television series for American and Canadian cable networks at CMJ Productions II in Montreal. She is also a PhD student in modern Middle Eastern history at UCLA. She is currently writing a cultural history of military rule in 1980s Turkey. Timur Hammond recently received his PhD in geography from UCLA. Currently, he is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Vermont and is working on a manuscript about the transformation of the Eyup district of Istanbul. Ipek Tureli is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at McGill. She has published on architecture and urban space in Istanbul.
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Date: Friday, May 12, 2016 Time: 2-4pm
Text for discussion: Sevgi Soysal, Noontime in Yenişehir (London: Milet Publishing, 2016).