“When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship Since 1923” – Book Launch, June 10 – 6pm – KCL

We would like to inform you about the launch of “When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship Since 1923”. The book launch will take place after the annual Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award on Tuesday June 10, at 6pm at the Council Room, King’s College London, Strand campus. You may find below the details and program of the event.

Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award and “When Greeks and Turks Meet” Book Launch,

Tuesday June 10, 6pm

Location: Council Room, Strand campus, King’s College London

Category: Book Launch, Other, Public Talk

When: 10/06/2014 (18:00-19:30)

Contact: The event is open to all and free to attend. Booking is not required.

Please direct enquiries to chsevents@kcl.ac.uk

The annual Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award was established by the Anglo-Hellenic League in memory of the late Mrs Katie Lentakis, and was first awarded in 2002. The Award is made to a final year undergraduate studying in the School of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London who submits an essay of 7,000-10,000 words on a topic related to any field of Hellenic Studies. This year’s award will be presented by Mr Paul Watkins, on behalf of Sir David Dain, Chairman of the Anglo-Hellenic League. The winner will give a short presentation on the subject of his essay. The essays submitted for the competition will be on display during the Reception.

The presentation will be followed by a launch of the book, When Greeks and Turks Meet, edited by Vally Lytra, volume 15 in the series, Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London. The book is based on the long-running Greek-Turkish Encounters series of seminars and events organised jointly by KCL and SOAS, and will be introduced by Roderick Beaton (for KCL) and George Dedes (for SOAS). Vally Lytra will speak about the book, and there will follow a short presentation of the issues it deals with, by Ayça Abakan (Turkish Section of the BBC World Service).

Short description: The relationship between the history, culture and peoples of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus is often reduced to an equation which defines one side in opposition to the other.The reality is much more complex and while there have been and remain significant divisions there are many, and arguably more, areas of overlap, commonality and common interest.This book addresses a gap in the scholarly literature by bringing together specialists from different disciplinary traditions – history, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, literature, ethnomusicology and international relations, so as to examine the relationship between Greeks and Turks, as well as between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, since the founding of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

When Greeks and Turks Meet aims to contribute to current critical and comparative approaches to the study of this complex relationship in order to question essentialist representations, stereotypes and dominant myths and understand the context and ideology of events, processes and experience. Starting from this interdisciplinary perspective and taking both diachronic and synchronic approaches, the book offers a fresh coverage of key themes including memory, history and loss; the politics of identity, language and culture; discourses of inclusion and exclusion. Contributors focus on the geographical areas of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus and on the modern historical period (since 1923) up to the present day, offering in some cases an informed perspective  that looks towards the future. When Greeks and Turks Meet will be essential reading for students and researchers
working on the cross-roads of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, on South-East Europe and the Middle East more generally. It will also be a valuable resource for students and researchers in inter-cultural communication, cultural and media studies, language and education, international relations and politics, refugee and migration studies, conflict and post-conflict studies.

Contents:

Foreword by Roderick Beaton, Yorgos Dedes and Bengisu Rona;

Introduction, Vally Lytra.

Part I Rethinking Remembrance and Representation:

History, memory and emotion: the long-term significance of the 1923 Greco-Turkish exchange of populations, Renée Hirschon;

Situating loss in the Greek-Turkish encounter in Cyprus, Olga Demetriou;

Rethinking Greek-Turkish relations: conversations with my Greek and Turkish university students, Hercules Millas;

Greeks and Turks meet the Rum: making sense of the sounds of ‘old Istanbul’, Panagiotis C.Poulos.

Part II The Politics of Identity, Language and Culture:

Does a Cyprus solution still matter?, James Ker-Lindsay;

The good, the bad and the ugly: Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot schoolbooks on the ‘history of Cyprus’, Yiannis Papadakis;

‘Whether you see them as friends or enemies you need to know their language’: Turkish language learning in a Greek-Cypriot school, Constadina Charalambous;

Greeks’ attitudes to Turkish features in their language, Peter Mackridge;

Early literature of the Asia Minor disaster and of the War of Independence: where Greek and Turk have yet to meet, Natasha Lemos.

Part III Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion Revisited:

The Convention of Lausanne (1923): past and current appraisals, Konstantinos Tsitselikis;

Incorporating the ecumenical patriarchate into modern Turkey: the legacy of the 1924 patriarchal election, Dimitris Kamouzis;

Cultural identity in ‘fragile’ communities: Greek Orthodox minority media in Turkey, Eylem Yanardağoğlu;

Running the Greek Orthodox schools: law and administration in late Ottoman and republican education in Turkey, Ayşe Ozil;

‘Like a bridge over troubled water’: reforming the education of Muslim minority children in Greece, Thalia Dragonas and Anna Frangoudaki.

Index.

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