Mehmet Penpecioğlu

Dr. Mehmet Penpecioglu

Independent Researcher & Academics

Mehmet Penpecioğlu is and urban planner and urban politics scholar. Graduated from the Department of City and Regional Planning at Dokuz Eylul University; received his Master and PhD degrees from Regional Planning and Urban Politics Departments at Middle East Technical University. Completed his postdoctoral research at TU Delft OTB – Research for Built Environment. Worked as Research Assistant, Lecturer and Assistant Professor at Middle East Technical University, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Izmir Institute of Technology. Currently, as an independent researcher and academic, Dr. Penpecioglu is giving courses, leading research and publishing in various fields of urban studies and planning including urban planning theory and practice, comparative urban politics and governance, urban social movements and commons.

Raşel Meseri

Raşel Meseri is a writer based in Izmir, Turkey. She published seven children books and one novel (Köpekbalıklarının Kayıp Şarkıları, Delidolu, 2018). She is the co-editor of Being Jewish in Turkey: A Dictionary of Experiences (Iletisim, 2017). Some of her theater plays are put on stage in Izmir and Istanbul. She also makes documentaries and short films, including Izmir Sea Children (2007) and Jewish Family Houses: Kortejos (2010).

Being Jewish in Turkey: A Dictionary of Experiences, ed. Raşel Meseri & Aylin Kuryel

Being Jewish in Turkey: A Dictionary of Experiences is published in November 2017 from Iletisim Press, Turkey, edited by Raşel Meseri and Aylin Kuryel. It is a collection of short accounts of experiences related to being Jewish in Turkey, written by Jewish and non-Jewish people, including family histories, historical traumas, discrimination stories, the use of Ladino language, stories of immigration to Israel and back to Turkey, Jewish and non-Jewish encounters, the relationship between different Jewish populations such as Sephardic, Ashkenazi and Romaniote Jews, almost forgotten songs, food and everyday traditions, daily life in different cities, stereotypes about Jews, among others. There are more than 300 short entries, put together in the form of a dictionary, written by 71 people. It provides an overview of being Jewish in Turkey through emotional, playful and strong stories, revealing how personal stories are intertwined with history and politics. The book is appealing to the general reader who is interested in Jewish and minority cultures in the world, with its accessible and fluent style based on story-telling. Putting forward a novel genre, “experience dictionary”, and shedding light on historical and cultural codes, it can also be a source for academic and non-academic researches on the subject.

Aylin Kuryel

Aylin Kuryel completed her PhD at the University of Amsterdam and is currently teaching at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). She is the co-editor of Cultural Activism: Practices, Dilemmas and Possibilities (Rodopi, 2010) and Aesthetics and Resistance in the Age of Global Uprisings (Iletisim, 2015) and Being Jewish in Turkey: A Dictionary of Experiences (Iletisim, 2017). She has been involved in art projects/exhibitions and has completed documentaries and short movies.

Being Jewish in Turkey: A Dictionary of Experiences, ed. Raşel Meseri & Aylin Kuryel

Being Jewish in Turkey: A Dictionary of Experiences is published in November 2017 from Iletisim Press, Turkey, edited by Raşel Meseri and Aylin Kuryel. It is a collection of short accounts of experiences related to being Jewish in Turkey, written by Jewish and non-Jewish people, including family histories, historical traumas, discrimination stories, the use of Ladino language, stories of immigration to Israel and back to Turkey, Jewish and non-Jewish encounters, the relationship between different Jewish populations such as Sephardic, Ashkenazi and Romaniote Jews, almost forgotten songs, food and everyday traditions, daily life in different cities, stereotypes about Jews, among others. There are more than 300 short entries, put together in the form of a dictionary, written by 71 people. It provides an overview of being Jewish in Turkey through emotional, playful and strong stories, revealing how personal stories are intertwined with history and politics. The book is appealing to the general reader who is interested in Jewish and minority cultures in the world, with its accessible and fluent style based on story-telling. Putting forward a novel genre, “experience dictionary”, and shedding light on historical and cultural codes, it can also be a source for academic and non-academic researches on the subject.

Seminar # 2: Reading Materials

The lost tribes
Ronald Sanders: Lost tribes promised lands
Yosef Kaplan, Henry Mechoulan And Richard H. Popkin: Menasseh Ben Israel

Eschetology
Adi Ophir: The Politics of Catastrophization: Emergency and Exception

Messianism
Jacob Barnai- Christian Messianism and the Portuguese Marranos
Jacob Barnai: On The Jewish Community Of İzmi̇r In The Late Eighteenth And Early Nineteenth Centuries
Jalal_Toufic,_Forthcoming,_2nd_edition
Jalal Toufic, Forthcoming
Matt Goldish: The Sabbatean Prophets
Matt Goldish: Messianism and Ethics

Slave_heritage

Slavery Heritage Representations

Between Information and Proselytism

The Jews in Christian Europe

khaled

Purim in the Public Eye

Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World

The Grand Vizier and the False Messiah

The Ottoman–Habsburg Rivalry

The Politics of Imagination

Confessional polarization

Denise Ferreira Da Silva – Nobodies

Millennial Capitalism: First Thoughts on a Second Coming

Peter Osborne-The Politics of Time_ Modernity and Avant-Garde-Verso (1995)

Sanctuary and Asylum_ A Social – Linda Rabben

tord-olsson-alevi-identity-cultural-religious-and-social-perspectives

An Historical Irony

-elrouayheb-islamic-intellectual-history-in-the-seventeenth-century-scholarly-currents-in-the-ottoman-empire-and-the-maghreb-khaled-elrouayheb-2015

MATT D. GOLDISH and RICHARD H. POPKIN Millenarianism-and-messianism-in-early-modern-european-culture-volume-i-jewish-messianism-in-the-early-modern-world

Sabbateanism, National Identity, and Subjectivity in Turkey

The Rise and Fall of Shabbatai ZILevi as R eflected in Contemporary Press Reports 1

Transnational-Networks-and-Cross-Religious-Exchange-in-the-Seventeenth-Century-Mediterranean-and-Atlantic-Worlds-Intro

Remembering to Forget: Sabbateanism, National Identity, and Subjectivity in Turkey

Flagging Patriotism crises of narcissism

Zeyno Pekünlü

Zeyno Pekünlü is an artist born in Izmir, 1980 and lives in Istanbul. She has graduated from the Painting Department of Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul and continued her education with master and PhD in the same university. She has also completed a second Master in Artistic Production and Research in University of Barcelona. Possibilities of collectivity, and especially of collective knowledge production, occupy a crucial space in her artistic and activist engagements. She is also part of several collectives such as A Place on Earth, a self-organized solidarity space for white-collar and freelance workers and Istanbul Solidarity Academy and part of the editorial collectives of the culture and politics journals Express and RedThread.

zeynopekunlu.blogspot.com

C.M Kosemen

C. M. Kosemen is an artist and independent researcher born in Ankara, Turkey. He studied at Cornell University, Istanbul’s Sabancı University and holds a Masters’ degree from London’s Goldsmiths College in Documentary Film and Media Studies.

Kosemen’s areas of interest include surreal art, Mediterranean history, palaeontology, evolution, zoology and visual culture.

As an artist, Kosemen is affiliated with the Empire Project Gallery of Istanbul. His art has been displayed in exhibits in Catania, Vienna, Ulcinj, Istanbul, Ankara, London and Tel Aviv.

As a researcher, Kosemen’s book credits include Osman Hasan and the Tombstone Photographs of the Dönmes, from Libra Books of Istanbul. Copies of this book have been purchased by leading universities and research institutes of the world. It has won the 2016 Eduard-Duckesz History Prize.

Kosemen’s other book credits include All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals, and the Cryptozoologion, the Biology, Evolution and Mythology of Hidden Animals from Irregular Books of London.

Kosemen was also an editor for Benetton’s Colors magazine and worked in various advertising agencies.

www.cmkosemen.com
instagram.com/cmkosemen

Iosif Vaena

Iosif Vaena is a pharmacist,and in his free time he collects Jewish tombstones from the gulf of Thermaikos. He hopes that one day he will find out who threw them out there.

Gil Hochberg

Gil Hochberg is Ransford Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the intersections among psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, nationalism, gender and sexuality. She has published essays on a wide range of issues including: Francophone North African literature, Palestinian literature, the modern Levant, gender and nationalism, cultural memory and immigration, memory and gender, Hebrew Literature, Israeli and Palestinian Cinema, Mediterraneanism, Trauma and Narrative. Her first book, In Spite of Partition: Jews, Arabs, and the Limits of Separatist Imagination (Princeton University Press, 2007), examines the complex relationship between the signifiers “Arab” and “Jew” in contemporary Jewish and Arab literatures. Her most recent book, Visual Occupations: Vision and Visibility in a Conflict Zone (Duke University Press, 2015), is a study of the visual politics of the Israeli-Palestinian. She is currently writing a book on art, archives and the production of historical knowledge.