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Aesthetics and Politics and in Turkey:

Art, Film, and Literature


Conference Organizers:

Sibel Irzık (Sabancı University)

Asuman Suner (İstanbul Technical University)


December 6-8, 2013


Sabancı University

Karaköy, Minerva Palas



December 6, Friday


10:00-10:15        Opening Remarks (Sibel Irzık)

10:15-10:30        Coffee break

10:30-12:30        Panel 1: Aesthetics of Resistance

Moderator: Meltem Ahıska (Boğaziçi University)

Begüm Özden Fırat (Mimar Sinan Univ.) & Aylin Kuryel (ASCA), “Creativity in Action:  Counter-Spectacles and Affective Collectives”
Banu Karaca (Sabancı University), “The Aesthetics of Reconciliation: Empathy, Political Responsibility and Art in Contemporary Turkey”
Nermin Saybaşılı (Mimar Sinan University), “The Magnetic Voice: Resonance and the Politics of Art”

12:30-14:00         Lunch Break

14:00-15:30        Panel 2: Images of Violence and Loss

Moderator: Fatmagül Berktay (Istanbul University)

Meltem Ahıska (Boğaziçi University), “Politics of Writing the Off Stage: Aziz Nesin and the Allure of the 'Irrational'"
Asuman Suner (Istanbul Technical University), “Variations on the Theme of ‘Lonely and Beautiful Country’: Popular Historical Films and Allegorical Narratives”


15:30-16:00        Coffee Break

16:00-17:15        Keynote Address

Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck, University of London), “Quotation and Reconfiguration: Some Instances of Layering in Cinematic Time”

December 7, Saturday


10:00-12:00        Panel 3: Women's Writing, Women's Subjectivity

Moderator: Sibel Irzık (Sabancı University)

Jale Parla (Istanbul Bilgi University), “Disembodied Voices: Shape-shifting in Turkish Women's Writing”
Süha Oğuzertem (Istanbul Bilgi University), “Sevgi Soysal’s Discernments from Politics to Ethics and Aesthetics”
Hülya Adak (Sabancı University), “Halide Edib’s Experiments with the Theater of the Absurd: The Crisis of “Ideology”


12:00-13:30        Lunch Break

13:30-15:30        Panel 4: Politics of Literature and Criticism

Moderator: Hülya Adak (Sabancı University)

Sibel Irzık (Sabancı University), “Orhan Pamuk's Poetics and Politics of Genre”
Orhan Koçak, “A Handicapped Critical Practice”
Murat Belge (Bilgi University), “Nazım Hikmet”

15:30-16:00        Coffee Break

16:00-17:30        Panel 5: Trauma and Denial

Moderator: Asuman Suner (Istanbul Technical University)

Erdağ Göknar (Duke University), "Reading Occupied Istanbul: Turkish Subject-Formation from Trauma to Trope"
Ayda Erbal (New York University), “Lost in Translation: The Monument’s “Demolishing”

December 8, Sunday


10:30-12:30        Panel 6: Temsilin Sınırları
                    (The Limits of Representation)

Moderator: Jale Parla (Istanbul Bilgi University)

Fatmagül Berktay (Istanbul University), “Suat Derviş ve Fosforlu Cevriye'nin Büyüsü”
    (Suat Derviş and the Charm of Radiant Cevriye)
Tümay Arslan (Mimar Sinan University), “Yokluk ve Sonsuzluk Arasında: Türkiye Sinemasında Kayıp Estetiği”
    (From Absence to Infinity: The Aesthetics of Loss in Turkish Cinema)
Nurdan Gürbilek, “Fatih-Harbiye, Son Durak: Edebi Temsil ve Politik Eylem”
    (Fatih-Harbiye, Last Station: Literary Representation and Political Action)

12:30-13:30        Discussion

13:30-15:30        Conference Lunch