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Forum : European Turkey: Modernization, Secularism, and Islam. Mediterranean Studies Initiative, Cornell University, 3-4 December 2004.
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The Institute for European Studies? Mediterranean Initiative is pleased to announce the third in a series of workshop-forums devoted to countries of the Mediterranean which are, for various reasons, the focus of world attention. This Fall Turkey has been chosen as focus of interest, partly because of the controversy surrounding Turkey?s bid to become part of the European Union, and partly because Turkish immigrants and their descendents form an important Muslim minority in Europe. The forum will take as its themes : the creation of the modern Turkish state, Turkey?s development since the second World War, minorities in Turkey, European fears of Islamic fundamentalism, Turkey?s bid to join the E.U., and the role of trade and economic development in creating and maintaining Turkey?s secular status.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

5:30 p.m. Opening reception and Buffet

Welcoming Remarks : Davydd Greenwood and Gail Holst-Warhaft (Institute for European Studies, Cornell) Address by His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Dr. O. Faruk Logo?lu.

7:30 p.m. Turkish Music Concert by Cornell?s Middle Eastern Ensemble, Turkish dance performance by Chandani 

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Panel 1: The Emergence of Modern Turkey

Opening Remarks: (Chair) Don Quataert (SUNY Binghamton): The Ottoman Empire and the Turks ; Justin McCarthy (University of Louisville, Kentucky): « The Trauma of Transition: From Empire  to Republic. » ; Aysel Morin (Xavier University  of Louisiana): « Crafting a Nation: The Mythic Construction of the new Turkish National Identity » ; Kagan Arik (University of Chicago): « Tradition, Custom and Modernism » ; Nalan Turna (SUNY Binghamton): "Envisioning  a Millet (nation) from within and beyond the Empire: Turkey and Alternative Nation Views."

11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Panel 2: Post-Modern Turkey :

Part A : Foreign Relations

(Chair and discussant Michelle Campos, Near Eastern Studies, Cornell). Bruce Kuniholm (Duke University): « Turkey?s Relationship to the U.S.and Europe » ; Soner Ça?atay (Washington Institute for Near East Policy): « Between Baghdad and Brussels: Turkish foreign policy in a new era. » ; John VanderLippe (SUNY New Paltz): « The Effect of Turkish-US Relations on Turkey?s Position in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and the EU. »

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Panel 3: Post-Modern Turkey:

Part B -Secularism, Tolerance & the E.U.

(Chair and discussant Ecehan Koç Cornell) ; Binnaz Toprak (Bo?aziçi University, Turkey): « Political Islam in Turkey » ; Hülya Ünlü (Penn State): « Turkish Feminist Literature: At Home and Abroad » ; Hakan Yilmaz (Bogaziçi University, Turkey): « Turkey and Europe: Perceptual Asymmetries » ; Gulhan Balsoy (SUNY Binghamton): « A Gendered Reading of Cibali, Tobacco Factory »

3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Panel 4: Trade, Economic, & Secularism

(Chair and discussant, Jan Katz, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell)

Birol Ye?ilada (Portland State University, Oregon): « The Political Economy of Financial Crisis and Recovery in Turkey » ; Cem Emrence (SUNY Binghamton): « Playing with Global City: The Rise and Fall of a Turkish Soccer Team » ; Sevgin Akis Roney (Bogaziçi University, Turkey): « Tourist Development and Modernization in Turkey »

6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Kemal Garaz (Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University) 

7:30 p.m.  Screening of the film ?Distant? (shown in WSH), by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. 

The Forum is Co-sponsored by the Cornell/Syracuse Upstate Consortium for Trans European Studies; Comparative Muslim Societies; International Programs - College of Ag & Life Sciences; the Johnson Graduate School of Management; Near Eastern Studies; the Music Department and the Turkish Students Association.

For more details contact:

Gail Holst-Warhaft

Institute for European Studies, Cornell University

120 Uris Hall

Ithaca. NY 14853-7601


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