2011-2012

Turkish Film Screening “Turkish Pop Cinema” and “Tarkan vs. the Vikings” 
12 October 2011 at 19:00 in Building 260, Rm. 113

Screening of “Turkish Pop Cinema” (2005) and “Tarkan vs. the Vikings” (1971) and discussion with Burcu Karahan-Richardson (Stanford University). The screening is part of Burcu Karahan’s COMPLIT 144/244A Interplay between Turkish Cinema and Literature course and the on going Turkish Film Poster Exhibit. “Turkish Pop Cinema” is a documentary on popular Turkish films of the 1960s and 1970s, and “Tarkan vs. the Vikings” (1971), a cult classic and an adaptation of an extremely popular comic book series by Burak Sezgin.Screening is free and open to public.

Thanos Veremis: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey
26 October 2011 at 16:30 in Encina Hall West, Rm. 208

Thanos Veremis is Professor Emeritus of Political History in the Department of European and International Studies at the University of Athens and Founding Member of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). He has held teaching and research positions at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, St. Antony’s College (Oxford), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Hellenic Observatory of the LSE. From 2004 to 2010, he served as President of Greece’s National Council for Education.

Devin Deweese “Fusing Islam and Chinggisid Charisma: Muhammad Shïbãnî Khãn’s Religious Program in 16th-century Central Asia” 

October 27, 2011, 12:15 pm, Building 70, Conference Room

Religious Studies Colloquium: The gradual Islamization of the peoples and polities established in Central Asia in the wake of the Mongol conquest of the 13th century is typically discussed in terms of ongoing tension between the religious and ‘civilizational’ program represented by Islam, on the one hand, and the political and cultural systems legitimized by the principle of sovereign rule by descendants of Chingīz Khān, on the other. At the beginning of the 16th century, however, the career of Muḥammad Shïbānī Khān, a descendant of Chingīz Khān’s senior son and leader of the nomadic Uzbeks then engaged in the conquest of the Timurid domains in sedentary Central Asia, offers a remarkable example, still seldom studied, of a ruler intent on a seamless combination of Islamic ‘reform’ and Chinggisid restoration as the foundation of a new political order; his vision ultimately went nowhere, as a result of his death in battle against Shāh Ismā’īl in 1510, but it yielded several literary records that suggest just how far Shïbānī Khān sought to develop his fusion of Islamic and Chinggisid principles. These accounts include the ruler’s own poetry and brief treatises, as well as works he sponsored; the present discussion will discuss several of these accounts, focusing on elements of the religious program he sought to promote.

Devin Deweese is a Professor of Islamic and Central Eurasian Studies and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studiesat Indiana University, Bloomington.

[Co-sponsored with the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Department of Religious Studies]

Roundtable on Minorities in the Middle East
31 January 2012 at 12:00 in Lane History Corner, Room 307 (450 Serra Mall)

A Roundtable Discussion on Minorities in the Middle East with Hillel Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Israeli Arabs and the Quest for Equality” Ali Yaycioglu (Stanford University), “Inclusion, Exclusion and the Crisis of (Co-)existence: The End of Republicanism in Turkey.”

Esra Ozyurek: Frictions of Race and Religion in Germany
Thursday, 02 February 2012 at 12:15 PM in Encina Hall Central – CISAC Conference Room

Workshop Series: Islam & Contemporary Europe: Esra Ozyurek (University of California- San Diego), “A New Generation of Converts to Islam: Frictions of Race and Religion in Germany”

[Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the Mediterranean Studies Forum, and the Europe Center]

Reşat Kasaba: Migration and State Formation in the Aftermath of the Ottoman Empire
15 February 2012 at 16:45 in Encina Hall Central, CISAC Conference Room

Reşat Kasaba will sign copies of his A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees (University of Washington Press, 2009) at 16:45 pm. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. The lecture will commence at 17:15 pm. His lecture will focus on how the Ottoman Empire started and ended in migration. While the movements of people that shaped the empire and its boundaries in the early part of its history were, to a large extent, voluntary, those that marked the end of the Ottoman Empire were compulsory. Multi-ethnic and multi-religious communities of the empire all around the empire were torn apart and almost the entire non-Muslim population of the empire were deported, killed, or marginalized as minorities. My presentation compares the early and later types of migration, explains the forces that brought the shift from the first to the second, and describes how these developments affected the status of the Greek population of Anatolia in the early decades of the 20th century.

Ilker Ayturk: Paradoxes of a Turkish Sufi Woman
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 at 12:00 PM in Encina Central, Philippines Room (616 Serra Street) 

Focusing on the influence of Sâmiha Ayverdi on the renaissance of right-wing politics in Turkey, İlker Aytürk‘s (Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bilkent University [Ankara, Turkey]) lecture aims to uncover the multiplicity and complexity of Islamic identities and also to reassess the concept of conservatism in contemporary Turkey.

[Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Forum]

Cemal Kafadar: Leisure and Pleasure in Istanbul
Monday, 27 February 2012 at 04:15 PM in Lane History Corner, Room 307

The Byzantine and Ottoman Worlds Workshop Series: Cemal Kafadar (Harvard University), “How Dark is the History of the Night, How Black the Story of Coffee, How Bitter the Tale of Love: The Changing Measure of Leisure and Pleasure in Early Modern Istanbul”

[Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Mediterranean Studies Forum, Department of History, and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies]

Cemal Kafadar: A New Ottoman History?
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 at 06:00 PM in Stanford Humanities Center

The Ethnic Minorities, Religious Communities, Rights,and Democracy in the Modern Middle East and Central Asia Workshop Series: Cemal Kafadar (Harvard University), “Is There A New Ottoman History? A New Ottoman Politics? Are They Partners?”

[Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Mediterranean Studies Forum, Department of History, and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies]

Ozgen Felek: The Making of Imperial Men in the Early-modern Ottoman Court
Thursday, 08 March 2012 at 12:15 PM in Building 70, Seminar Room

Religious Studies Colloquium

[Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Mediterranean Studies Forum, and the Department of Religious Studies]

Ioannis Grigoriadis: Greek-Turkish Relations
09 April 2012 at 16:30 in Encina Hall Central, CISAC Conference Room (616 Serra Street)

Ioannis Grigoriadis (Bilkent University), “The Unripe Fruits of Rapprochement: Greek-Turkish Relations and the Cyprus Question in the post-Helsinki Era.” This lecture will present an overview of Greek-Turkish rapprochement since December 1999. Despite significant improvements at the level of economic, energy cooperation and minority rights, no breakthrough has been achieved on high-political issues and the intractable Cyprus question has remained the biggest burden to any reconciliation attempt. Greece’s mounting economic and social crisis and Turkey’s new foreign policy activism can pose additional obstacles to the resolution of longstanding disputes, absent determined leadership on both sides.

Pantelis Lekkas: The Greek War of Independence
17 April 2012 at 16:30 in Encina Hall Central, CISAC Conference Room (616 Serra Street)

This lecture aims to situate the Greek War of Independence in the wider context of the clash between Tradition and Modernity in the European periphery. Focusing on the emergence of nationalism as a movement and an ideology, I explore the Greek War of Independence in terms of both its political dimensions and also its contribution to a much broader societal change. I argue that the Greek struggle for independence may be interpreted as a ‘Greek exit’ from tradition. In this respect, on the one hand, it constitutes an undoubtedly unique event of momentous importance per se, and yet, on the other hand, another instance of a prolonged and very intricate process of societal transformation.

Film Screening: The Other Town
10 May 2012 at 17:30 in Annenberg Auditorium (Cummings Art Building, 435 Lasuen Mall)

Film Screening and discussion with Director Nefin Dinç (State University of New York at Fredonia) and Burcu Karahan (Stanford University) . Why do neighbors fight? Why do the world’s ethnic amd religious groups experience mutual hatred and suspicion? “The Other Town” (2011, 45 minutes, in Turkish & Greek with English Subtitles)” explores how the inhabitants in Dimitsana (Greece) and Birgi (Turkey) are caught in a web of stereotypes that impedes bilateral relationships between Turkey and Greece. Interviewing the inhabitants during the span of a year, directors Nefin Dinc and Hercules Millas illustrate the turbulent relations between the two countries exist not so much due to their contentious past, but also due to the influence of nationalist ideology on higher education system and everyday life.

[Co-sponsored by the Europe Center]

Workshops Series, Islamic Art & Architecture: Patricia Blessing “Monumental Inscriptions in Anatolia”
Thursday, 24 May 2012 at 12:15 PM in Encina Hall West, Room 208

“Allegiance, Property, and Space: Monumental Inscriptions in thirteenth-century Anatolia” The scarcity of written sources concerning Seljuk Anatolia has emphasized the focus on the historical content, rather than other aspects of monumental inscriptions more strongly than in studies on other regions and periods of the Islamic world. Historic inscriptions do provide essential information on a building, especially when no other sources are available. The only known record of the life of Hibātallāh al-Barujirdī, the patron of the Buruciye Medrese in Sivas (670 A.H. / 1271-72 CE) are the inscriptions on the building he commissioned. The foundation inscription provides basic information such as the name of the founder and the date of construction, whereas extracts from the madrasa’s deed of endowment offer a rare glimpse of this otherwise lost document. The Qur’anic inscriptions on the Buruciye Medrese, however, are placed in the most conspicuous places of the building and carved in larger script than those of historical content. Thus, the message of the founder’s piety rather than of his identity shifts to the foreground. In the Yakutiye Medrese in Erzurum (710 A.H. / 1310 CE), the deed of endowment is recorded in a lengthy inscription, reflecting the patron’s intent of connecting the building to its surroundings and to his memory. In a detailed analysis of the inscription programs of these two buildings, this paper aims at reshaping approaches to epigraphy in medieval Anatolia. A nuanced understanding of the relationship between content, form, placement, and calligraphy of these inscriptions can open insights into their meaning and conception that go beyond the content of their text.