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Presentation: Armenians in Turkey 100 Years Ago, May 16

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Armenian Students Association at the University of Chicago present

Armenians in Turkey 100 Years Ago: Presentation on the historic postcards documenting the lives of Armenians in Ottoman Empire (1900-1910)

By Turkish author and publisher OSMAN KOKER

Monday, May 16
5:00 pm
Pick 218
5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Reception to follow


Köker came to international attention in 2005 when he organized an exhibition titled “My Dear Brother” in Istanbul presenting photographs of Armenian life in Ottoman Turkey, drawn from a large collection of postcards owned by the collector Orlando Calumeno. Since then, the exhibition has also been mounted in Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Valence, Paris, Geneva, London and Yerevan. Founder and editor-in-chief of Birzamanlar (Once Upon a Time) Publication, Köker publishes books about Turkey’s multicultural society, and how that structure vanished over time. He was one of the founders of the Minority Rights Watching Committee in the Human Rights Association (1993) and has been one of the contributors of various initiatives on minority rights in Turkey since then.

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A program of Turkish Classical and Folk Music, Middle East Music Ensemble, International House, March 13

When: Sunday, March 13, 2011 6:00 pm
Where: International House, Assembly Hall
1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL
Description: The second concert of three in the year-long series will feature Turkish music. The three-part series will conclude with an Iranian concert on May 22.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Middle East Music Ensemble, visit

Cost: Event is free and open to the public.
Contact: International House
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Institute of Turkish Studies 2011-2012 Grants, Application Deadline March 13

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Lecture: “Treasures of Turkey: The Ancient City of Ephesus and the American Crisler,” Prof. Mehmed Cuhadar, Oriental Institute, February 15

The American Friends of Turkey,

The Turkish American Cultural Alliance,

The Oriental Institute,

The Assembly of Turkish American Associations,

& The Turkish Students Association proudly invite you to

a lecture by Prof. Mehmed Cuhadar

Classical Archeologist in the Faculty of History, Ankara University

Treasures of Turkey: The Ancient City of Ephesus and the American Crisler

Tuesday, February 15th at 3.30 PM

Breasted Hall, Oriental Institue

1155 E 58th St

there will be a reception afterward.

Hope to see you there,


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Panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions,” 2011 MESA Conference, Deadline February 15

Call for paper proposals for the proposed panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” for the 2011 MESA Conference (1-4 December 2011, Washington DC).

Dear Colleagues,


I would like to invite you to contribute a research/study paper for the panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” for the coming MESA annual conference. The deadline for submission of panel proposals is on 15 February 2011. Please read the abstract of the panel below.

For a very long time, the Muslim world was regarded as an outsider from the cultural and normative pretext and state relations of the West. Even during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, scholars of International Relations (IR) excluded her as a subordinated non-ally or stealth ally of major European powers. It is now apparent that there is an imperative motivation why Islamic discourses gradually dominate contemporary international relations and events, e.g. Palestinian question, Iranian nuclear issue, Arab oil, gas and Turkish water resources, rise of extremist movements, terrorism, post-war Afghanistan and Iraq, tensions in the Maghreb countries, Sudanese conflict, Muslim rebels in Southeast Asia, and how all of these events affect the West in a theory-praxis spectrum.
If IR scholars and members of the English School of International Relations were able to associate and converge their thoughts on conceptualizing International Relations with Christianity, this is of course majority of them are Christians. Then, it is a precedent and an indication that along the strand of the Abrahamic Faiths Islam is putatively feasible and probable to understand and interpret IR.
The objectives of the panel are to show juxtaposed positions of mutual perceptions between Islam and IR based on conceived notions of sensitive conceptions like sovereignty, state, human rights, gender, and etcetera, to eliminate deplorable and pejorative (mis)conceptions of IR scholars towards Islam and vice versa, and add or put Islam in the epitome of global discourse of international relations as a major causal factor that affects the behaviors of every actors in the international community particularly those which have interest and peculiar relations with the Muslim world. The panel will examine two outstanding inquiries that will guide the panel in hoping to find, discover or create patterns of tangency. Questions below magnify the totality of where the panel will lead at and to what extent it is presented and analyze.
1. How International Relations scholars perceived the field of Islam?
2. How Islamic scholars (Muslims or non-Muslims) perceived the field of IR?
The organizer humbly hopes that through this panel, we may able to add to the realm of literature on how human races and civilizations are linked through intellectual, cultural, economical, and social exchanges particularly on the relations between the East (Islam) and the West (International Relations).

Kindly please send your abstract (200 to 400 words) and a short one-page CV to before 15 February 2011.


Nassef Adiong
PhD student in International Relations
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

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Q&A with the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Chicago, International House, Tuesday January 25, 5:30pm

The Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Chicago, His Excellency Fatih Yildiz will be at the International House in Home Room on Tuesday, January 25, at 5.30 PM.

The only Muslim-populated secular, republican democracy
The only Muslim-populated NATO member and ally of Israel
The fastest growing economy in Europe
The 15th largest economy in the world and the 7th in Europe
The only county where a city lies on two continents
The most historical country, by its history of approximately 10,000 years…
Come and ask your questions about Turkey’s economy, foreign policy, its relations with the USA, Israel, and Iran, the economic crisis in Greece, the Iraqi question, the European Union.
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“The Folk Essence of Modern Turkish Belly Dancing: A DVD Presentation”, October 28

CEERES is proud to co-sponsor this presentation, together with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and the EthNoise Workshop.

“The Folk Essence of Modern Turkish Belly Dance: A DVD Presentation”

Jaynie Aydin
Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey
University of California, Los Angeles

October 28th, 4:30pm
Goodspeed Hall, Room 402

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46th Chicago International Film Festival

Check out various films at the 46th Chicago International Film Festival (October 7 – 20)

All films are being screened at AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St).

For more information, go to the festival’s website:

(Information taken from Chicago Film Festival website):

CEERES region is very well represented. Here are most of the films that we were able to identify:

All That I Love (Poland, Jacek Borcuch); Oct 14, 3:30pm; Oct 16, 1:50pm; Oct 18, 4pm

Birthday (Poland, Jenifer Malmqvist); Oct 13, 7:45pm; Oct 15, 4:10pm

Building Manager (Greece, Periklis Hoursoglou); Oct 12, 2pm; Oct 18,6:15pm; Oct 19, 5:30pm

Days of Desire (Hungary, József Pacskovszky); Oct 14, 8:45pm; Oct 16, 4pm; Oct 19, 3:45pm

Devil’s Town (Serbia, Valdimir Paskaljevic); Oct 14, 2pm; Oct 18, 9pm; Oct 19, 6:20pm

Erratum (Polan, Marek Lechki); Oct 14, 8:30pm; Oct 15, 6:05pm; Oct 17, 12pm

How I Ended the Summer (Russia, Aleksei Popogrebsky); Oct 10, 5:40pm; Oct 12, 3:30pm; Oct 17, 12:30pm

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Sweden, Florin Serban); Oct 8, 4:15pm; Oct 9, 1:30pm; Oct 10, 12:30pm

Last Report on Anna (Hungary, Márta Mészáros); Oct 13, 6:15pm; Oct 14, 5:45pm; Oct 17, 12:15pm

Lisanka (Russia, Daniel Díaz Torres); Oct 15, 3:15pm; Oct 18, 5:40pm; Oct 19, 8:30pm

Little Rose (Poland, Jan Kidawa-Blonski); Oct 14, 6pm; Oct 15, 9:20pm; Oct 18, 3pm

Love Life of a Gentle Coward (Croatia, Pavo Marinkovic); Oct 11, 8:30pm; Oct 12, 7:15pm; Oct 14, 4pm

Love Translated (Ukraine, Julia Ivanova); Oct 9, 8pm; Oct 11, 3:30pm

Mamas & Papas (Czech Republic, Alice Nellis); Oct 11, 8:20pm; Oct 12, 5pm; Oct 15, 2pm

Missing Man (Russia, Anna Fenchenko); Oct 12, 3:45pm; Oct 16, 5:15pm; Oct 17, 9:15pm

Mrdrchain (Czech Republic, Ondrej Svadlena); Oct 16, 11pm; Oct 17, 10:30pm

Sasha (Germany, Dennis Todorovic); Oct 9, 7:45pm; Oct 10, 1:45pm

Seed (Czech Republic/UK/USA, Ben Richardson/Daniel Bird); Oct 18, 8pm; Oct 19, 1:45pm

Tony & Janina’s American Wedding (Poland/USA, Ruth Leitman); Oct 10, 7:15pm; Oct 17, 2:15pm

Tuesday, After Christman (Romania, Radu Muntean); Oct 8, 7:15pm; Oct 9, 3:45pm; Oct 12, 4pm

White as Snow (Turkey, Kar Beyaz); Oct 16, 6:30pm; Oct 17, 2:10pm; Oct 19, 2pm

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The Politics, Communication, Society Workshop Presents: “Public Kurdish and the Politics of Legitimate Language in Turkey,” Kelda Jamison, May 12

The Politics, Communication, Society Workshop presents:


Kelda Jamison
(Anthropology, University of Chicago)
“Public Kurdish and the Politics of Legitimate Language in Turkey”

Discussant: Jonathan Rosa, Anthropology

Wednesday, May 12th., 4:30-6:00 pm

Wilder House
5811 South Kenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


This week’s paper is available only by email request from the workshop co-ordinators.
Our schedule for the Winter quarter is available on our website:

If you have questions or believe you may need assistance to attend, please contact the workshop co-ordinators:
Yazan Doughan (
Monica Lee (


Politics, Communication, Society is a graduate student workshop at the
University of Chicago tying together diverse strands of research on the
political aspects and social roles of communicative practices. Our
faculty advisors are Susan Gal, Andreas Glaeser, Michael Silverstein,
and Lisa Wedeen.

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“Bridges Hrant Dink Built and Armenian/Turkish Relations,” Prof. Libaridian (Univ. of Michigan), April 12

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