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TitelGSA-Panel: Turkish-German Studies: Past, Present, and Future
BeschreibungCall for Participants, 2014 GSA Seminar:
Turkish-German Studies: Past, Present, and Future

Seminar Description:

This seminar would like to assesses and discuss the current state of scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of Turkish-German Studies, while at the same time it provides a forum to identify possible “blind spots” and directions for the future. Central to Turkish-German Studies have been questions regarding intersections of nation, citizenship, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and religion. This field has been influenced and invigorated by scholars from a variety of disciplines whose work examines these complex relationships in the post-­war period: Leslie Adelson, Tom Cheesman, Rita Chin, Deniz Goktürk, Kader Konuk, Ruth Mandel, B. Venkat Mani, Azade Seyhan, Karin Yeșilada, an Yasemin Yıldız, name a few.

While much important work has been done in investigating “the cultural effects of migration” and examining “re- configurations of the German national archive” this seminar would like to shift the focus to an examination of the implications for the Turkish archive. At the same time, this seminar provides a forum to identify and examine the significance of Turkish contexts—cultural, political, historical, and social—for our research questions. If Bertolt Brecht is central to Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s oeuvre, what was the Brecht reception in Turkey prior to her emigration? If Yesilçam, Young Turkish Cinema, and contemporary Turkish TV with their music, stars, and stock figures are significant for Fatih Akın’s films, how does this affect his or our perception of European cinema? If Nazım Hikmet’s works were translated and performed in the GDR during the 1950s, deemed to match its socialist agenda, how did Turkish and East German perceptions of the aesthetics of socially engaged art overlap? What do the interventions of 19th and early 20th century Turkish literary travelers to and commentators on Germany (Sabahattin Ali, Ahmet Haşım, Nazım Hikmet, Ahmet Mithat Efendi and others) add to the historical and aesthetic repertoire of Turkish-German Studies?

In line with recent Turkish-German scholarship, we invite contributions that offer new insights into areas of Turkish-German entanglements, encounters, and exchanges by expanding geographical, methodological, and temporal frameworks. Particularly, we hope to encourage inquiry into areas—historical, aesthetic, social and medial—that may have eluded German Studies thus far. We invite scholars from all disciplines, periods, and ranks.

Possible Discussion Questions:

- What is the significance of the Turkish historical, cultural, and political archive in our research questions?

- How do research presumptions in Turkish-­German scholarship tend to differ, based on the North American, German, European, and/or Turkish institutional context in which it is pursued?

- How can we strengthen and expand interdisciplinary/transatlantic conversations?

- How do the research phenomena we work with redefine or critique terms like transnational, hybrid, post-­national, multilingual, World Literature and others?

- How would the inclusion of underexamined objects of study, such as online film festivals, fashion and life-­ style magazines, digitally distributed music,and LGBQT venues, expand the scope of Turkish-­‐German studies?

Seminar Format:

As seminar conveners we envision our role as facilitating and moderating the discussion, and identifying connections and divergences on and between each day of the seminar. We will ask seminar participants to pre-circulate 8-­10 page papers in early August. For this purpose, we will set up a cloud file sharing account for easy access and distribution (e.g Box or Dropbox). After submission of all papers, we will group the papers depending on method, focus, and theme and prepare for the seminar in formulating specific questions for each session to facilitate and guide the discussion. Following the participants’ introduction, we will open each session for discussion, beginning with the questions for each session provided by the conveners as well as by the respondent. During each session, we will make sure that participants have the opportunity to equally contribute to the discussion. For the final day of the seminar, we envision to set aside 15 minutes for concluding remarks, including a summary of our findings as well as impulses for the future.

Deadline for Applications is January 30th, 2014.

Please go to the GSA website to apply for the seminar:

For further questions, please contact the conveners:

Ela Gezen:
David Gramling:
Berna Gueneli:

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortKansas City
PersonName: Berna Gueneli 
Funktion: Co-convener (together with Ela Gezen and David Gramling) 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Grinnell College 
Postleitzahl: 50112 
Stadt: Grinnell, Iowa 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeSprache und Gesellschaft (Diskursanalyse, Ethnographie, Sprachkritik, Sprachplanung, Sprachpolitik); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
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