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RA-228605-15
Long-Term Research Fellowships at the American Research Institute in Turkey
C. Brian Rose, American Research Institute in Turkey

Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=RA-228605-15

Castration, Sexual Violence, and Feminist Politics in Post–Coup Attempt Turkey (Article)
Title: Castration, Sexual Violence, and Feminist Politics in Post–Coup Attempt Turkey
Author: Zeynep Korkman
Abstract: Passage of a new castration law and its peculiar timing reveals not only the centrality of neoconservative gender politics to the AKP’s hegemony but also the centrality of the reiteration of the hegemonic relationship between power, masculinity, and violence to the reassertion of political rule.
Year: 2017
Primary URL: http://jmews.dukejournals.org/content/13/1/181.full
Primary URL Description: permalink
Secondary URL: doi:10.1215/15525864-3728822
Access Model: online open access
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Journal of Middle East Women's Studies
Publisher: Association for Middle East Women's Studies

Gendered Fortunes: Feelings, Labors, and Publics of Divination in Turkey (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Gendered Fortunes: Feelings, Labors, and Publics of Divination in Turkey
Abstract: Gender and sexual minorities seek their fortunes in divination as neoliberalization renders their economic futures ever more precarious and as neoconservative gender politics renders their intimate fortunes ever more bleak in millennial Turkey. Drawing upon media, archival, and ethnographic research on the flourishing economy of commercial fortunetelling, I analyze how and why women and LBGTIQ individuals earn a livelihood from and explore their gendered fates through divination. I demonstrate that fortunetellers are channeled through heteropatriarchal gender norms and limited employment chances into an informal divination economy, where they are criminalized by a secularist ban against fortunetelling and stigmatized by an Islamist condemnation of unorthodox religious practices. I conclude that fortunetellers foster public spaces for the articulation of otherwise marginalized feelings of their women and LGBTIQ clients, ironically, at the expense of the devaluation of the labors of these same underprivileged groups.
Author: Zeynep Korkman
Date: 04/18/2017
Location: University of California, Los Angeles, Gender Studies
Primary URL: http://www.genderstudies.ucla.edu/event/zeynep-korkman-gendered-fortunes-feelings-labors-and-publics-divination-turkey-0
Primary URL Description: lecture announcement, Irene Flecknoe Ross Lecture

Afghanistan and the Ottomans: Sufis, Scholars, and Statemakers in Inter-Islamic Exchange (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Afghanistan and the Ottomans: Sufis, Scholars, and Statemakers in Inter-Islamic Exchange
Abstract: From Rumi to the republic, longstanding historical ties exist between the lands and countries today known as Afghanistan and Turkey. Focusing on the late Ottoman era, Professor Ahmed’s presentation shall discuss findings in Turkish, Afghan, and British Indian archives to illuminate the richness and complexity of connections between these countries from the Tanzimat period to their simultaneous struggles for independence after World War I.
Author: Faiz Ahmed
Date: 03/20/2017
Location: ARIT Istanbul center

Seachange: Ottoman Textiles between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Seachange: Ottoman Textiles between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean
Abstract: Sericulture, silk weaving, and textile trade were big business in the early modern Ottoman Empire. They touched every part of society, from pashas flaunting opulent kaftans to women reeling filament in the hinterlands to merchants trading in Iran, Jeddah, and beyond. This talk explores a shifting orientation in taste and trade in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as Ottoman subjects responded to the new global fashions by altering both their habits of consumption and modes of production.
Author: Amanda Phillips
Date: 03/19/2018
Location: ARIT Istanbul center

The rise and fall of prohibition in modern Turkey: A history of Alcohol, Identity, Islam, and Public Health (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The rise and fall of prohibition in modern Turkey: A history of Alcohol, Identity, Islam, and Public Health
Abstract: Despite religious proscriptions and practices, currents of alcohol never wholly ceased flowing into Ottoman or Republican Turkey. Until the nineteenth century, most Turks generally observed this prohibition—or secretly evaded it. During and since that time, however, drinking became culturally habituated among many sectors of the population, with the anise-flavored raki being recognized by most as the ‘national drink’ of Turkey. Influenced by global temperance movements, especially in America and Europe, traditional moral and progressive medical arguments in Turkey found a common cause in their opposition to alcohol that led to a legal ban in 1920. Fusing arguments of public health and piety, prohibitionist legislation passed by the narrowest of margins. The tenor of these debates included, however, particular references to fiscal insecurity, to the roles of ethno-religious minorities, and to foreign powers that ranged from cautious, to stridently nationalist, and to intolerant xenophobia. Simultaneously, the global currents both for and against prohibition played roles in shaping the arguments found in the Turkish debates. This presentation uses the 1920s Turkish prohibition to trace the roots of current policies and debates dealing with the place of alcohol in modern Turkey.
Author: Emine Evered
Date: 10/23/2017
Location: ARIT Istanbul center

Alcohol at Empire’s End: Prohibition Politics in Post-WWI Ottoman Empire (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Alcohol at Empire’s End: Prohibition Politics in Post-WWI Ottoman Empire
Author: Emine Evered
Abstract: The varied intersections of war and worldwide temperance activism in the early 20th century provide unique contexts for analysis at both national and international scales. Though categorized commonly as part of an “Islamic world”—and thus omitted from many would-be global histories of alcohol, the Ottoman Empire included many sites and situations meriting consideration. Though Ottoman leaders pronounced firm proscriptions during the war for its military, it often relied on religious and moral arguments when offering justification for prohibition. Following WWI, added rationale emerged from both state and society. Proposed, debated, and passed in 1920, the Turkish republic’s prohibition only lasted until 1924, when the costs of the experiment were more evident and once Kemalists consolidated their authority. By exploring this transitional period, we can discern that the ban was not just the product of an odd internal coalition between conservatives and socio-medical reformers; it shared profound connections to ongoing temperance narratives and activism observable at the global scale, particularly in the US.
Date: 11/16/2018
Primary URL: https://mesana.org/mymesa/meeting_program_abs.php?pid=c14db7eff4a7ef7065dd911d92d7aba3
Primary URL Description: conference paper abstract
Conference Name: 2018 Annual Meeting, Middle East Studies Association

Grab ‘Em by the Patriarchy (Article)
Title: Grab ‘Em by the Patriarchy
Author: Salih Can Aciksoz
Author: Zeynep Korkman
Abstract: In an age marked by the global ascendency of right-wing populist politicians, from Donald Trump in the United States to Vladimir Putin in Russia to Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, we witness an over-visibility of masculinity as a a constitutive part of the political repertoire of the contemporary populist weave and its emergent critiques. This article sketches a comparative visual ethnography of the gender and sexual politics of our populist milieu.
Year: 2017
Primary URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/AN.430
Primary URL Description: access to journal article
Access Model: pay wall
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Anthropology News
Publisher: American Anthropological Association

The Greek Dramatic Festivals of Roman Asia Minor (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Greek Dramatic Festivals of Roman Asia Minor
Abstract: The Greek dramatic festivals are most strongly associated with fifth century BCE Athens, but in fact, they continued into the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and spread widely across the Eastern Mediterranean. In this talk, Dr. Skotheim tours the dramatic festivals of Asia Minor, bringing to life the human activity in and around the grand theater buildings of the Roman Era, and introducing the groups of people who participated in the festivals, from the benefactors who supported them, the actors and poets who traveled to compete, and the diverse spectators who gathered to watch.
Author: Mali Skotheim
Date: 03/18/2019
Location: ARIT Istanbul, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED)
Primary URL: https://www.cornucopia.net/events/the-greek-dramatic-festivals-of-roman-asia-minor/
Primary URL Description: publicity through the Cornucopia Magazine events web page
Secondary URL: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2698273730213579&id=149955911712053&__xts__[0]=68.ARC9IBG96kgDlxU7S0J3oK0m7RMGQjFlWzYNoklZ6Y_vDClbdt_ue-ujANkRCi1eVfwZ4ZPUc34L6k25mESYQL1mD_2aJTlDHn-9Qulrcl6KpDOfpOzreV_PInwhglLeaYg-uO1oPBfwtPv72ZjfM85S4ny
Secondary URL Description: Facebook post through the Friends of ARIT, Istanbul

A Diaspora in Cultural Crisis: Uyghurs in Turkey (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: A Diaspora in Cultural Crisis: Uyghurs in Turkey
Abstract: In recent years Turkey’s population of ethnic Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group from China’s northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, has rapidly increased due to political turmoil in their home region. As the Uyghur community rebuilds their lives in Turkey, they are also seeking ways to preserve their unique culture, as it is under assault at home. This talk explores the political situation in China leading to challenges for Uyghurs in Turkey, and describes some initiatives undertaken by the community to preserve their culture amid these challenges.
Author: Rebecca A. Clothey
Date: 12/17/2018
Location: ARIT Istanbul, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), Beyoglu
Primary URL: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2517818424925778&id=149955911712053&__xts__[0]=68.ARAg_Z6558aoeKfVjoJ0gjI4zgqSJIRz2no_rdiB9zJiA0PJjupXOulXqk_asTJ_P-He1TeBCROX_dDg24JyVBTJRPe-BXjB5tdKPNGgSmmzHqR8jKGEpQI9tLl9wffHEoo9mxRchhWklsteLGbjVv4VAQO
Primary URL Description: Facebook post of event

Heritage Language Transmission: A Case Study of Vepsian, Hawaiian, and Uyghur (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Heritage Language Transmission: A Case Study of Vepsian, Hawaiian, and Uyghur
Abstract: This talk compared the threats and approaches of three different cultures that are struggling to maintain their languages.
Author: Rebecca A. Clothey
Date: 2/24/2019
Location: Uyghur Academy, Istanbul, Turkey


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