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CfA – Summer School

Remembering and Coexisting in Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean

DATE: 25.06.2021 – 11.07.2021

This summer school offers a unique opportunity for young scholars, advanced students and civil society activists to deepen their knowledge on pluralism, historical trauma and human rights in Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean. The aim is to engage in conceptual discussions, to advance methodological skills, and to develop a network with leading scholars and civil society organizations active in these fields.

Participants and lecturers will discuss what cultural pluralism has meant in the past and what it means today and survey how Turkey and other Eastern Mediterranean countries have struggled to either sustain or suppress cultural pluralism and pluralist heritage and how these developments relate to the emergence of human rights discourses. Special attention is given to oral history as a methodology to approach these topics and to the dynamics between academia and civil society in the advancement of these themes in the public sphere.

The summer school is organized by the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII), financially supported by the Swedish Institute (SI) and held in collaboration with civil society organizations in Turkey. It is a continuation of the earlier summer school Human Rights: A Recurrent History, which was held five times between 2013 and 2018.

The 12-day full-time online programme consists of seminars and workshops and other interactive activities held both in English and Turkish. Opportunities for one-on-one mentorship around individual research topics will also be provided.

Who can apply

Advanced students, young researchers and civil society activists working on history, cultural heritage, memory studies, human rights and related fields. Fluency in Turkish and English is required. Scholars and students who have limited access to pursue their research interests in these fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please send your CV and letter of motivation including a short research proposal to sriiapplication@gmail.com by 3 May.

Participants will be notified by May 25, 2021.

We look forward to receiving your application!


Başvuru Çağrısı

Yaz Okulu: Türkiye ve Doğu Akdeniz’de Hatırlama ve Bir Arada Yaşama

TARİH: 25.06.2021 – 11.07.2021

Bu yaz okulu, genç akademisyenlerin ve sivil toplum aktivistlerinin; Türkiye ve Doğu Akdeniz’de çoğulculuk, tarihsel travma ve insan hakları konusundaki bilgilerini derinleştirmeleri için eşsiz bir fırsat sunmaktadır. Yaz okulunun amacı; kavramsal tartışmalar yapmak, metodolojik becerileri ilerletmek ve bu alanlarda önde gelen akademisyenler ve sivil toplum kuruluşlarıyla bir ağ oluşturmaktır.

Yaz okulu katılımcıları ve akademisyenler, kültürel çoğulculuğun geçmişte ve günümüzde ne anlama geldiğini tartışacak; Türkiye ve diğer Doğu Akdeniz ülkelerinin kültürel çoğulculuğu ve çoğulcu mirası sürdürmek veya baskılamak için nasıl mücadele ettiklerini ve bu gelişmelerin insan haklarının ortaya çıkışı ile nasıl ilişkili olduğunu inceleyeceklerdir. Sözlü tarih metodolojisine, bu temaların/başlıkların kamusal alanda gelişme göstermesinde akademi ile sivil toplum arasındaki dinamiklere dair yaklaşım geliştirebilmek için özel bir önem verilmektedir.

İstanbul İsveç Araştırma Enstitüsü (Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul – SRII) tarafından organize edilmekte olan yaz okulu, İsveç Enstitüsü (Swedish Institute – SI) tarafından finanse edilmekte ve Türkiye’deki sivil toplum kuruluşlarıyla işbirliği içinde gerçekleştirilmektedir. Bu program, 2013-2018 yılları arasında beş kez art arda düzenlenen “İnsan Hakları: Yinelenen Bir Tarih” isimli yaz okulunun devamı niteliğindedir.

12 günlük tam zamanlı çevrimiçi program, İngilizce ve Türkçe olarak düzenlenen seminerler, atölyeler ve diğer interaktif etkinliklerden oluşmaktadır. Yaz okulu programının sonunda, bireysel araştırma konuları etrafında bire bir mentorluk fırsatları da sağlanacaktır.

Kimler başvurabilir

Tarih, kültürel miras, hafıza çalışmaları, insan hakları ve ilgili alanlarda çalışma yürüten üniversite öğrencileri, genç araştırmacılar ve sivil toplum aktivistleri, yaz okulu programına başvurabilir. Adayların akıcı düzeyde Türkçe ve İngilizce bilmeleri gerekmektedir. Sayılan alanlardaki araştırmalarını sürdürmek için sınırlı erişimi olan öğrencilerin başvurmaları şiddetle tavsiye edilir.

Nasıl başvurulur

Özgeçmişinizi ve kısa bir araştırma önerisi içeren motivasyon mektubunuzu 3 Mayıs tarihine kadar sriiapplication@gmail.com adresine göndermenizi rica ederiz.

Katılımcılar, 25 Mayıs 2021 tarihine kadar bilgilendirilecektir.

Başvurularınızı sabırsızlıkla bekliyoruz!

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A discussion on cultural activism and exchanges between neighbors – Osman Kavala

Speaker: Osman Kavala, President Anodolu Kultur, Istanbul

Session: Politics of Culture and Friendship

Seminar “Exploring Politics of Friendship”

A joint seminar investigating the possibilities of politics of friendship in 2014, co-organised by the Istanbul and Thessaloniki Schools of Political Studies, affiliated to the Council of Europe Network

27-30 December 2014, Thessaloniki

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İzmir’de Çoğulculuk

Rememberings‘in ikinci Türkçe Sohbetine davetlisiniz…

Sabancı Üniversitesi öğretim üyesi Leyla Neyzi [“Remembering Smyrna/İzmir: Shared History, Shared Trauma”] ve The College of William & Mary öğretim üyesi Sibel Zandi-Sayek [Ottoman İzmir: The Rise of a Cosmopolitan Port (1840-1880)] kamera karşısında İzmir’de “Çoğulculuğu” masaya yatırıyor.

9 Nisan 2021, saat 17:00

Katılmak için formu doldurmayı unutmayın!

https://forms.gle/q8pfxPszvaZxttrE9

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23.5 Webinar – Memory Sites

Memory Sites Workshop, one of the permanent workshops of 23.5 Hrant Dink Site of Memory, continues to be held online. The participants explore a range of memory sites, museums, and memorials that deal with difficult pasts in different geographies and discuss the role of the memory sites in dealing with difficult pasts and fostering peace.

• What is a memory site? What kind of functions does it have?
• Why is it important to remember?
• Can places where violent pasts occurred turn into places that can contribute to mutual understanding, peace and democracy?
• Is it possible to harness pain to action and hope for another future?

In this webinar, participants seek the answers to such questions by exploring memory sites and museums that deal with difficult pasts in different geographies. The presentation also features inspiring memorialization projects that are being conducted by a range of organizations. 

The duration of the webinar is 1 hour.
The participation will be available through Zoom meeting and is limited with 40 people for the sake of comfortable communication with each other.
The event is in Turkish.

Registration is only available in the Turkish version of this page. The information and link for Zoom meeting will be sent after the registration.

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“Istanbul Hayali” Documentary

“İstanbul Hayali”, Türkiye’nin ilk şehir plancısı olarak anılan, Gezi Parkı’nın, Maçka Demokrasi Parkı’nın, Lütfi Kırdar Uluslararası Kongre ve Sergi Sarayı´nın, Bağdat Caddesi’nin mimarı Aron Angel´in (1916-2010) ilginç yaşamı çerçevesinde Türkiye´nin kentleşme tecrübesini gözler önüne seriyor.
 
Aron Angel, hükümetin Hilton Oteli inşaatına izin vermesinin ardından İstanbul’un yeşil alanına halel geldiği için görevinden gözünü kırpmadan istifa eden bir idealistti. Mesleğe ünlü şehir plancısı Henri Prost’un yardımcılığı ile başlamış, aynı zamanda mimarlık eğitimi almış, zamanının duayen bir mimarıydı.
 
Perihan Bayraktar’ın yönetmenliğini yaptığı, kurgusu Thomas Balkenhol’e ait belgesel filmde ünlü şehir plancıları ve mimarlar (İlhan Tekeli, Tarık Şengül, Cana Bilsel, David Harvey, Pierre Pinon) Türkiye’de kentlerde, özellikle de İstanbul’da olan biteni değerlendiriyorlar.
 
”İstanbul Hayali” belgesel filminin yayın bilgileri aşağıdaki gibidir:

– Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/98863234836?pwd=Y0twT0RMWGU5OGRJMGZJRE0raVFiQT09

Meeting ID: 988 6323 4836
Passcode: 299571
Hesap adı: 500. Yıl Vakfı Türk Musevileri Müzesi

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Thessaloniki Workshop

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Unspoken memories, unwritten histories:

Eastern Mediterranean pluralism in oral history and memory studies

A series of workshops devoted to theory and practice in academia and civil society

Less than a hundred years ago, most Eastern Mediterranean cities were marked by a high degree of cultural pluralism. Whereas the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of modern nation-states heralded its end, some cities retained their cosmopolitan nature well until the Second World War. Oral histories and communicative memories of ethnoreligious groups that constituted vital parts of these cities are still living, often wound up with unhealed and suppressed historical. At the same time, simplified and nostalgic visions of a pluralist past are sometimes held up as role models for present-day Eastern Mediterranean societies without questioning, or without regard for the challenges that they entail. Local academics and civil society organizations alike play vital roles in researching, highlighting and supporting pluralism and pluralist heritage, sometimes in defiance of nationalist historiographies and policies.

The series Unspoken memories, unwritten histories, arranged by the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII), operates at a cross-section of academic research and civil society activism. It aims to bring together young scholars of history, minorities and human rights with representatives of academia and civil society in a number of Eastern Mediterranean cities outside of Turkey. The second workshop of the series is entitled The place of cultural pluralism in Thessaloniki and will take place via Zoom.

Speakers of the panel, March 26 at 18:00 (UTC+3):

Cengiz Şişman, Professor of History, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Leon Saltiel, Historian, University of Macedonia

Despina Syrri, Director of the Civic School of Political Studies

Eligible for participation are advanced students with a background in Turkish, Greek or Jewish culture and history, cultural and minority studies, or political, social and Human Rights studies. They should send their CV, together with a letter of interest outlining their interest in the topic and the ways in which it connects with their own research, no later than March 21, 2021,to murat.devres@sri.org.tr. Participants will be notified by March 23, 2021.

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ONLINE CONFERENCE | Aleppo, from cosmopolitan to disaster

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Since 2012, the disaster of the civil war in Syria marks a break with the past of this city, where Muslims, Christians and Jews had been peacefully with each other for more than a thousand years.Through over 100 ancient illustrations, mostly unprecedented, the great historian Dr. Philip Mansel demonstrates that cosmopolitanism was the foundation of Aleppo’s prosperity in a discussion with a journalist.

📆 Thursday, March 18, at 19 pm

💻 The conference will be streamed online

📍 Tickets: https://www.bit.ly/3cfNZ4L

📍 More information: https://www.villaempain.com/…/alep-du-cosmopolitisme-a…/

📷 Aleppo, Syria, 1919, Imperial War Museums © Sydney Carline

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Jewish Salonica – Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece

Watch Devin E. Naar talk about Jewish Salonica at J!Talks organized by the society of Jewish Culture in Sweden.

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İlk Türkçe Sohbet’imiz YouTube’da canlı olarak gerçekleşti

5 Mart 2021 Türkiye saatiyle 15:00’da Edhem Eldem ve Hamit Bozarslan ile ilk Türkçe Sohbet’imizi Osmanlı İmparatorluğu ve Türkiye’de Çoğulculuk üzerine gerçekleştirdik.

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Webinar – Academic Autonomy and Freedom in Turkey

Boğaziçi University students and faculty will discuss the top-down appointment of a new rector to the university and their ongoing struggle for academic autonomy and freedom in Turkey.