Turkish commemorations and narratives of Gallipoli
- Date: Thursday, 31 August, 2017
12.10pm to 1pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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Each year on the 25th of April, New Zealanders and Australians flock to Gallipoli to commemorate the landing of Anzac troops in 1915. But how is this event remembered in Turkey, and how are local commemorations seen by visitors? Professor Ayhan Aktar, from Istanbul Bilgi University has been studying changing modes of Turkish commemoration and narratives of Gallipoli, as recorded in Anzac travellers’ narratives at Gallipoli in the Australian press. Professor Aktar’s research has been undertaken as part of a fellowship at the National Library of Australia. This talk will be an opportunity to hear his fellowship lecture, delivered this week in Canberra.
Ayhan Aktar is Professor of Sociology at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. His teaching and research interests include the politics of memory; remembrance and commemoration and the Great War; and non-Muslim minorities in Turkey.
Anzac Cove, 2015. Photographer: Chris Szekeley