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Geography Colloquium - Timur Hammond

Friday, February 16, 2018
12:20pm – 1:10pm

Storrs Campus
AUST 446

Matters of Remembering and Forgetting: Observations on the Changing Geographies of Politics in Turkey Since July 2016

Dr. Timur Hammond, Assistant Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

On July 15, 2016, elements of Turkey's military attempted a coup d'etat against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his governing Justice and Development Party. The attempt failed for a variety of reasons, not least of which was the unprecedented mobilization of civilians who took to the streets and faced down the tanks and soldiers acting on orders from the coup plotters. Immediately following, the government identified the religious leader Fethullah Gulen and the movement associated with him as the primary actors behind the attempt. In order to carry out the investigations into and prosecutions of the attempt, the government also declared a state of emergency that has been renewed every three months since the coup attempt and is still in force today. This state of emergency has vastly expanded the ability of the government to rule through decrees that circumvent both parliament and the judiciary. Much of the analysis of the coup and its aftermath has focused on the scale of the nation, examining issues that include the motivations of elite political figures, the consolidation of an authoritarian politics, and the geopolitical relationships between Turkey and its regional neighbors. In this talk, however, I examine one district of Istanbul - the district of Eyup - to highlight some of the other ways that the geographies of politics in Turkey have shifted since the coup. I pay particular to the way that the district's landscape has been mobilized for both projects of remembering and forgetting. Focusing on these projects, I argue, provides us with a more nuanced understanding of the politics of and in place and helps us see with greater clarity the ruptures and continuities that constitute the geographies of politics in Turkey today.


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Geography Department (primary), English Department, History Department, Middle East Studies, UConn Master Calendar

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