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CMS Seminar: “Humanism in Ruins: Entangled Legacies of the Greek-Turkish Population Exchange”

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Morril Hall, 404

The 1923 religious minority exchange between Greece and Turkey set a legal precedent in the international arena. Informed by the principle of segregation, the principal legacy of the exchange is arguably its contribution to the institutionalization of the management of difference (religious, racial, ethnic, etc) via forced migration. This talk takes the Greek-Turkish exchange as a prism to address liberal cultural politics and eugenicist demographics developed to manage difference in Turkey and beyond (such as the Middle East and Europe) since the end of the Second World War. Through this prism, it raises questions about the political present.

Co-sponsored with the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative

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Near Eastern Studies, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Anthropology, History, Government, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Global Learning, Off-Campus, Cooperative and Graduate Living, Global Cornell

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Eric Tagliacozzo


Asli Igsiz

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Asst. Professor of Middle Eastern and Islanic Studies, NYU

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Building is wheelchair accessible

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Free and Open to Public

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