Konuşmacı: Sean Patrıck Smyth (Leiden Üniversitesi)
29 Mayis 2015, Saat 19.00
CPD Konferans salonu
Scheveningseweg 15, 2517 KS Den Haag (Uluslararası Adalet Divcanının Karşısında)
Sâmiha Ayverdi was born in 1905 as the child of collapsing empire. She witnessed the high pace of traumatic events that lead to the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the foundation of the Turkish Republic. Mostly known as a novelist, Ayverdi also represents an interesting case of the hybridity of modernity in Turkey. An enigmatic figure, she managed to merge in her person a series of elements which on the surface seem contradictory.
Ayverdi’s outward appearance and educational background suggested conformity with the concept of a ‘Cumhuriyet Kadını, yet throughout the republican era she maintained a double life as a Sufi mystic and eventually Mürşide of the Rifai Tarikat. She was also deeply discontented with the collapse of empire and the modernizing changes of the new republic. In response, Ayverdi emerged as a proponent of a distinct, alternative form of Turkish nationalism with Ottomanist tendencies.
This presentation will analyse a few primary aspects of modernity and change in post-Ottoman Turkey through the utilization of Ayverdi’s memoirs and will attempt a theoretical classification of her views on these questions.