Turkey and Europe: Negotiating Identities through History

  • Bahar Rumelili, Jean Monnet Chair of International Relations, Koc University, Istanbul, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science, UBC; Emel Tastekin, Arts Studies in Research and Writing, UBC
    Coach House, Green College, UBC with introductory remarks by Emel Tastekin, Arts Studies in Research and Writing, UBC

    Tuesday, March 20, 5-6:30 pm, with reception to follow
    in the series
    Green College Special Lecture
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  • Turkey’s and Europe’s perceptions of each other play a pivotal role in shaping their relations at present. It is often argued that Turkey is Europe’s Other, that Islam and Europe / the West are incompatible and hence that the EU will never admit Turkey as a member. Such simplistic views do not, however, do justice to the complex, fluid and contested evolution of this intimate and emotionally charged relationship. Starting with the Ottoman Empire’s attempts to associate itself with “European civilization” in the nineteenth century, this presentation will analyze mutual identity representations in Turkey and Europe during select cultural encounters, such as Sultan Abdulaziz’s visit to Europe and the Paris World Fair in 1866, a Turkish woman’s victory in the Miss Universe competition in 1932, and the release of the movie Midnight Express in 1978.
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When
March 20th, 2018 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
Location
Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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