The Ottoman Legacy: Christianity, Islam, and Politics in Southeast Europe (10/30/23)

The Center for the Study of Europe presents: The Ottoman Legacy: Christianity, Islam, and Politics in Southeast Europe. 

Monday, October 30, 2023
Howard Thurman Center, 808 Commonwealth Ave, Brookline
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4 to 4:45 PM
Your Turkey, My Lausanne: What to the Armenian is the 29th of October?
A Keynote Lecture by Lerna Ekmekçioğlu

5 to 6:30 PM
Translating God(s) into Politics: Contemporary Challenges
A Panel Discussion with Ayşe Parla, Elizabeth Prodromou, Aimee Genell, and Vesko Garčević (moderator)

With support from the Department of World Languages & Literatures, the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs: CURA, and the Center for the Study of Asia.

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu is the McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History and Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at MIT. A historian of the modern Middle East, she specializes on Turkish and Armenian lands in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her work focuses on minority-majority relationships and the ways in which gendered analytical lenses help us better understand coexistence and conflict, including genocide and post-genocide. She is also interested in the history of non-Western feminisms, including Armenian, Turkish, Kurdish, Jewish, and Greek women’s movements. Ekmekçioğlu’s first monograph, Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Beloning in Post-Genocide Turkey, came out of Stanford University Press in early 2016. The book offers the first in-depth study of the aftermath of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and the Armenians who remained in Turkey.

Ayşe Parla is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. Her research and writing on transnational migration, hope, precarious labor, dispossession and the governance of difference is situated at the intersections of the politico-legal and the affective-moral realms in Turkey, its borderlands and diasporas. Her first book, Precarious Hope, explored the limits of belonging in Turkey from the perspective of Turkish migrants from Bulgaria who are ethnically privileged but economically precarious, and for whom citizenship is promised even if not guaranteed. 

Elizabeth H. Prodromou is Visiting Professor in the International Studies Program at Boston College, and an affiliated faculty member of theIslamic Civilizations and Societies Programas well as theBoisi Center for Relgion and American Public Life. Her research interests and policy work focus on the intersections of geopolitics, religion, and human rights, with particular focus on the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Her current research focuses on two areas: religious geopolitics and typologies of power, with a case study of Russian influence-building through religious soft and sharp power; and, the effects of cultural heritage policy on institutional religious freedom and religious pluralism, with comparative case studies from the Near East.

Aimee Genell is Assistant Professor of International History at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. Her research focuses on the history of the late Ottoman Empire and its entanglements with Europe in the area of international law and international relations. Her book, Empire by Law: The Ottoman Origins of the Mandate System in the Middle East (under contract, Columbia University Press),traces the Ottoman roots of the post-imperial political order through an analysis of the inter-imperial contest over autonomous Egypt in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Vesko Garčević is Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He served as the Ambassador of Montenegro in Brussels (NATO) and Vienna (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe – OSCE and other International Organizations). His areas of expertise include multilateral diplomacy, European security, enlargement process in Europe: the EU enlargement and NATO open door policy, democratic transition in Eastern and South-East Europe, the Western Balkans, and diplomacy of small states in global affairs.


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