Past Event

Politics of Literature

July 14, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Columbia Global Centers Istanbul invites you to a series of webinar workshops to highlight the research of emerging scholars in the late Ottoman and early Turkish Republican history. Organized by Professor Zeynep Çelik, our seventh workshop "Politics of Literature" will discuss the engagement of literary figures in the turbulent politics of the turn-of-the-century. 

Passing as Persian: Alterity and Desire in Ahmet Mithat Efendi’s Dürdane Hanım
Erik Blackthorne-O’Barr is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, currently focusing on Ottoman depictions of Iran and sanitary discourse during the nineteenth century. He received an M.A. degree in Turkish Studies from Sabancı University and a B.A. from the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto.

The Shaping of a Reading Public: Lofty Ideals Meet Print Economy in the Late 19th Century Ottoman Press
Ingeborg Foosestøl
 is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department at the University of Oslo. She specializes in late Ottoman intellectual history, with a focus on reading public(s), multilingualism, and the connections between literature, theater, and the press. Fossestøl has studied at the University of Oslo, Boğaziçi University, and Université de Montréal. She translated novels by Orhan Pamuk, Burhan Sönmez, and Aslı Erdoğan into Norvegian. 

Halide Edib, Collective Loss and the Lost Witness
Hazal Halavut is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Women & Gender Studies Institute. Her research focuses on the collective trauma, memory, the aesthetics of mourning, and the literary representations of the Armenian Genocide. She lectured and published on state violence and collective memory in Turkey, specifically on the 1980 military coup, sexual violence under custody, and women’s resistance practices. She is a writer and co-editor for the online feminist journal 5Harfliler

Özen Nergis Dolcerocca is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Koç University. She received her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from NYU in 2016. Her work focuses on comparative modernisms, narrative theory, literature of the Near East, critical theory, and digital humanities. She is the author of Self and Desire in Modern Turkish Novel and the guest editor of the special issue in the Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures entitled “Beyond World Literature: Reading Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Today.”  She received the 2020 European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for her project “Modernizing Empires: Enlightenment, Nationalist Vanguards and Non-Western Literary Modernities.” 

Organized by:
Zeynep Çelik, Sakip Sabanci Visiting Professor of Turkish Studies and Distinguished Professor Emerita, New Jersey Institute of Technology 
Merve İspahani, Ph.D., Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul