Northwestern University

Fri 12:00 PM

The Turkey/Syria Border as a Palimpsest of Sovereignty

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When: Friday, February 10, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: 1902 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Iszy Licht   847.467.2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


This talk is about how lives of the crossers of the Syria/Turkey borderlands reconfigured a historically contingent politics of territorialization. It has two aims: First advancing a processual and historical account of border and region formation, it redefines the border as a palimpsest of sovereignty—layered and superimposed with competing cartographies of territory and their attendant regimes of mobility.

Second, based on this processual account, Emrah Yildiz shows how state-level mitigating and managing the transgressions of the border and military policing of the designation of their perpetuators as smugglers and irregular traffickers have helped historically and spatially produce the Turkey/Syria border.

Emrah Yildiz's (MENA, anthropology) work is a historical anthropology of routes of mobility in the tri-border area among Iran, Turkey and Syria. His research lies at the intersection of historiography and ethnography of borders and their states; ritual practice, visitation and pilgrimage in Islam as well as smuggling and contraband commerce in global political economy.

This is part of the Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium. On Fridays during the school year, the Buffett Institute hosts Northwestern faculty and/or visiting fellows to present their current research. This forum brings together an interdisciplinary audience to build awareness of global research on campus. The series helps promote dialogue on scholarship and develop a deeper sense of community among Buffett Institute affiliates. Each meeting lasts one hour; lunch is provided. Please arrive early to get lunch and find a seat.

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