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Visiting Speaker Ezgi Çakmak: The Roots of the Silence: Encounters with Blackness in the Early Turkish Republic

When: Friday, May 7, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Online

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

Contact: Gina Stec   (847) 467-2359

Group: Keyman Modern Turkish Studies (Northwestern Buffett)

Co-Sponsor: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


As part of the interdisciplinary series, ‘Reflections on Whiteness, Blackness, and Race in the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey’

Departing from the recently sparked interest in the discussions of race in Turkey following the anti-racism protests in the US, Ezgi Çakmak will discuss the echoes of these protests in relation to the silence over the intersecting histories of ‘race’, slavery and blackness in Turkey. 

Ezgi Çakmak is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, in the department of Africana Studies. She received her BA from Bogazici University, Sociology Department.  Before the doctoral studies, she worked with NGOs in the field of international migration and conducted fieldwork with African migrants in Istanbul. Her research interests include the African slavery in the late Ottoman empire, identity formation and racialization processes in early Turkish Republic as well as diaspora studies.

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