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Humanism in Ruins: Entangled Legacies of the Greek-Turkish Population Exchange

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 4:30pm

Morrill Hall, 404
Cornell University Dept, 159 Central Avenue, Morrill Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4701, USA

A book talk:

Asli Igsiz
Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern
And Islamic Studies
New York University

Co-sponsored:

  • Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative
  • Comparative Muslim Societies Program

    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.

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