The Republic of Turkey at 100: Looking back, moving forward

Friday, October 27, 2023
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Philippines Conference Room (Encina Hall, Third Floor, Central, C330)    
616 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

This event is open to Stanford affiliates and invitees only.

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The Republic of Turkey was founded 100 years ago.

Join us in a day-long exploration of the history of Turkey, its global impact, and its contentious future. At this interdisciplinary conference, distinguished scholars from leading Bay Area universities will use Turkey's centennial as an occasion to evaluate the wars and crises, the social movements and ideological battles, the political transformations and global events that have marked the country's first one hundred years and inform conceptions of its next century.

This conference is organized by the Program on Turkey at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), and co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

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10:00-10:30 | Welcome
Ayça Alemdaroğlu, Associate Director of Program on Turkey, CDDRL

10:30-12:00 | Politics in the Republic
Moderator: Ayça Alemdaroğlu

Banu Bargu, Professor, History of Consciousness and Politics, UC Santa Cruz 
"Turkey’s Century of Megaprojects"

Yeşim Kaptan, Assoc. Prof., Communications, Kent State & Visiting Scholar, Stanford
"A Tumultuous Relationship: Media and Politics in Turkiye"

Baki Tezcan, Professor, History, UC Davis
"The Road Less Traveled: Federalism and Anatolian History"

12:00-1:00 | Lunch Break

1:00-2:30 | Reckoning the Past
Moderator: Burcu Karahan, Lecturer, Comparative Literature, Stanford

Patricia Blessing, Assoc. Prof., Art History, Stanford 
"Mediterranean Anatolia: A Landmass and its Sea(s)"

Nora Fisher Onar, Assoc. Prof., International Relations, University of San Francisco
"Orientalism and Occidentalism in Turkish Studies"

Kabir Tambar, Assoc. Prof., Anthropology, Stanford
"The Politics of Friendship After Ottomanism"

2:30-3:00 | Coffee Break

3:00-4:30 | The Global Impact
Moderator: Halil İbrahim Yenigün, Associate Director, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies

Abbas Milani, The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies, Stanford
"Reza Shah and Atatürk" 

Nora Barakat, Asst. Professor, History, Stanford
"From Arab Nationalism to Ottomania: Reassessing the Ottoman Legacy in the Arab World”

Ali Yaycıoğlu, Assoc. Professor, History & Director, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford
"Post-imperial politics across the Ottoman World"