Middle East Studies

Turkish Studies Reading Group #1

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Friday, February 22, 2019

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Birkelund Boardroom
Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St.

Open to all members of the Brown community 

Meeting #1 – Authoritarianism

Reading | Halil Karaveli, Why Turkey is Authoritarian?: From Ataturk to Erdogan (London: Pluto Press, 2018)


The Turkish Studies Reading Group seeks to provide a space for critical, interdisciplinary discussion about contemporary Turkey on the Brown campus. During the Spring 2019 semester, we plan to meet three times, once in February, April, and May. Each session will be devoted to discussing a recent monograph on Turkey. Themes this semester include: authoritarianism; modernization, infrastructure, and the Cold War; as well as Turkey and the War on Terror. Participants are expected to get copies of the books for themselves and are encouraged to try to read the whole text prior to the scheduled meetings. 

We seek to create a space where people with diverse scholarly and personal interests in Turkey can gather for engaged conversation. We particularly welcome people who are interested in Turkey, but for whom Turkey is not necessarily their area of primary research. Our group is open to all members of the Brown community.

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Schedule and Reading List

Meeting 1 – Authoritarianism

Friday, February 22, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
ReadingHalil Karaveli,  Why Turkey is Authoritarian?: From Ataturk to Erdogan (London: Pluto Press, 2018)

Meeting 2 – Modernization, Infrastructure, and the Cold War

Friday, April 5, 2019, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Reading | Begum Adalet, Hotels and Highways: The Construction of Modernization Theory in Cold War Turkey (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2018)     

Meeting 3 – Turkey, the United States, and the War on Terror  

Friday, May 3, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Reading | Perin A. Gurel, The Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017)