Syndrome of the Present Seminar #2

Day One 05.07.2018 | Izmir, Turkey The seminar began with an introductory talk by Erden Kosova at the ruins of the Kadifekale fort, providing an apt vantage point to examine Izmir’s urban topography. From this view, it is possible to see how the areas located closer to the Aegean Sea, an area where refugees risk […]

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Pawel Maciejko

Pawel Maciejko is a Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of Classical Jewish Religion, Thought, and Culture at Johns Hopkins University. He received a doctorate in Modern History from University of Oxford (2004). Upon completion of a Whiting post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago the following year, Maciejko moved to Israel and joined the […]

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Wendelien van Oldenborgh

Wendelien van Oldenborgh develops works, whereby the cinematic format is used as a methodology for production and as the basic language for various forms of presentation. She often uses the format of a public film shoot, collaborating with participants in different scenarios, to co-produce a script and orientate the work towards its final outcome. With […]

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Yolande Jansen

Yolande Jansen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and Special Professor of Humanism in Relation to Religion and Secularity for the Socrates Foundation at the VU University Amsterdam. She is the author of Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism; French modernist legacies (2014) and edited The Irregularization of Migration in […]

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Amir Engel

Amir Engel is a lecturer at the German department. He studied philosophy, literature and culture-studies at the Hebrew University and completed his PhD. at the German studies department at Stanford University. After that he taught and conducted research at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. His main topics of interest include German Romanticism and German postwar […]

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Marc David Baer

Marc David Baer is a historian who specialises in the connected histories of Jews and Muslims in Turkey, Greece, and Germany, in the past and present. Representative publications include the first academic study of the followers of Shabbatai Tzevi, The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford, 2010, Turkish translation, Selânikli Dönmeler: Musevilikten […]

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Marjolijn Dijkman

Marjolijn Dijkman, *1978, living and working in Brussels, Belgium Marjolijn Dijkman’s practice is concerned with human systems and structures that aim to intervene, control, and ultimately master our surrounding environment. Interested in integrating concepts and methodologies specific to a broad range of disciplines, Dijkman’s work has engaged with topics including urbanism, ecology, anthropology, museology and […]

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Gülsün Karamustafa

One of Turkey’s most outspoken and celebrated artists, Gülsün Karamustafa has a forty-year oeuvre distinguished by installations, paintings, sculptures, and videos that examine the complexities of gender, globalization, and migration. In the late 1980s, Karamustafa began making sculptures and installations using found objects, including Create Your Own Story with the Given Material (1997), which features […]

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Erkan Serçe

Erkan Serçe was born in Izmir in 1964. After graduating from the history department of Aegean University (1986) he completed his post-graduate studies in Dokuz Eylül University (1996). Since 1997 he has been teaching in the History Education department of the same university. Serçe has published many books on the urban history of the city […]

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Metehan Özcan

Metehan Özcan is an artist, born in Istanbul, 1975 lives in Izmir. He received BA degree in Interior Design from Bilkent University and MFA degree in Visual Communication Design from Bilgi University. He is studying at Proficiency in Art and Design Programme of Dokuz Eylül University and working as part-time lecturer at various universities. Özcan […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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Savas Michael-Matsas

Born in Athens in 1947. He studied and took his degree in Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Athens (1965-1971). Post-graduate studies in Radiology and Oncology in Paris, where he made also studies in Philosophy, History and Political Economy (1971-1974).He published the last 30 years in Greek and international theoretical journals many articles […]

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Ayse Cavdar

Ayse Cavdar graduated from Ankara University, Journalism Dept. Received a Masters’ degree in history, from Bogazici University.  Completed her Ph.D. thesis entitled “the Loss of Modesty: The Adventure of Muslim Family from Neighborhood to Gated Community” at the European University of Viadrina, in 2014 (supported by Global Prayers Project initiated by MetroZones). Worked for Helsinki […]

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Julian Reid

Julian Reid is Chair and Professor of International Relations at the University of Lapland, the northernmost university in the European Union, on the edge of the Arctic Circle, where he has lived since 2007. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Reid taught previously at the Universities of London (SOAS and King’s College) and Sussex. He […]

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Romm Lewkowicz

Romm Lewkowicz is a New York based anthropologist, migrant rights’ activist and a dramaturg. He is doctoral candidate at the Anthropology Department of CUNY’s Graduate Center, and a teaching fellow at Hunter College. In 2018, he will serve as a Max Planck fellow at the University of Leipzig. At present, he is in Chios (Greece), […]

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Yiannis Epaminondas

Yiannis Epaminondas born 1960 is settled in Thessaloniki since 1970. He studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and worked for 25 years as a free lance architect and exhibition curator. Since 2010 he runs the Thessaloniki Centre of the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece where he has curated significant exhibitions: […]

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Dimitris Stamatopoulos

Dimitris Stamatopoulos is Professor in Balkan and Late Ottoman History at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, visiting professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), Princeton University and the Institute of European History in Mainz Stamatopoulos is the author of many books and […]

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Alexander van der Haven

Alexander van der Haven (Ph.D. History of Religions, University of Chicago Divinity School, 2009) is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Israeli Centers for Research Excellent (I-CORE), Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-religious Encounters at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Open University of Israel, Adjunct Lecturer of General Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center […]

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Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa

Lives and works between París and San Sebastian. His work is concerned with the ability of visual and written language to challenge those who come into contact with it, questioning what types of subject we are, or allow ourselves to be. His drawings, publications, banners and films have been shown in exhibitions such as 2017 […]

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Köken Ergun

Köken Ergun is a Turkish artist working in film and installation. His films often deal with communities that are not known to a greater public and the importance of ritual in such groups. Ergun usually spends long time with his subjects before starting to shoot and engages in a long research period for his projects. He also […]

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Danielle Riou

Danielle Riou is the Associate Director of the Human Rights Project, where she co-curates the HRP’s public programs, organizes special projects and partnerships, and oversees the student internship program. She is co-creator of the Milosevic Trial Public Archive, the complete on-demand video archive of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic in the Hague, Netherlands. She has presented at […]

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Oreet Ashery

Oreet Ashery is a transdisciplinary visual artist and an educator working with political/bio-fiction, gender materiality and potential communities, in local and international contexts. Ashery’s influential practice manifest through distinct multiplatform projects and spans live situations and performances, moving and still image, writing and assemblages. The work turns to areas such as music, costume, workshops and […]

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Yael Bartana

Yael Bartana’s films, installations and photographs explore the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. Her starting point is the national consciousness propagated by her native country, Israel. Central to the work are meanings implied by terms like “homeland”, “return” and “belonging”. Bartana investigates these through the ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that […]

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Yael Davids

_ Yael Davids examines the capacities in which the body operates as a documentary vessel: as much a registry of the present, intrinsically connected to collective heritage and political narratives, as it is a receptacle in which a private biography is compacted and a finite, unique voice is contoured. By orchestrating an associative constellation of […]

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Nataša Ilić

Nataša Ilić (b.in Zagreb) is a free-lance curator, a member of the curators collective What,How&for Whom (WHW), a non-profit organization for visual culture, formed in 1999 and based in Zagreb and Berlin. Other members of WHW are curators Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, and Sabina Sabolović, and designer and publicist Dejan Kršić. WHW activities explore the […]

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Galit Eilat

Galit Eilat is an independent researcher, curator and writer based in Amsterdam. Her current research brings together artists and experts from different geographies and knowledge disciplines looking at the relations between the essence of sovereignty and the boundaries of the political act. Eilat is the founding director of The Israeli Center for Digital Art (2001 […]

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Erden Kosova

Erden Kosova is an art critic who lives and works in Istanbul. He is in the editorial team of the e-journal Red-Thread. He has been contributing to the organisation of a series of visual art events recently held at Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. www.berliner-herbstsalon.de www.red-thread.org

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Melis Birder

Melis Birder graduated from St. Michel French High School and from Istanbul University with a BA degree. She worked as a junior copywriter in Istanbul for a while and then left Turkey for New York. From limousine dispatcher to waitress, from bike messenger to part-time teacher she worked in many different jobs while studying at […]

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Roee Rosen

Roee Rosen is an artist, a filmmaker and writer. His work often provocatively juxtaposes politics and erotics, facts and fiction. One of his fictive personae, the Jewish Belgian surrealist painter and pornographer Justine Frank was, according to some theorists, a practitioner of Frankism, an extreme offshoot of Sabbatean mysticism. Working as Frank for a decade […]

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Bik van der Pol

Through their practice as a duo Bik Van der Pol aims to articulate and understand how art can produce a public sphere and space for speculation and imagination. This includes forms of mediation through which publicness is not only defined but also created. Their work follows from research of how to activate situations as to […]

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Artur Żmijewski

Artur Żmijewski is a visual artist, filmmaker and photographer. Since 2006 he is the artistic editor of Krytyka Polityczna. His solo show If It Happened Only Once It’s As If It Never Happened was presented at Kunsthalle Basel in 2005, the same year in which he represented Poland at the 51st Venice Biennale. He has […]

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