[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Workshop: April 24, 2015

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Thu Apr 16 12:52:41 PDT 2015


Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies


>From the Ottoman Empire

To the Greek-Turkish War:

A Brief History of Cinema

>From Mustafa Kemal's Perspective

Enis Dinç

Near Eastern Studies

Turkish historiography has tended to describe Mustafa Kemal's vision of cinema as too far ahead of his time and regarded him as a man whose ideas anticipated the future. I argue that this interpretation is seriously misleading. It has torn Mustafa Kemal from his context, separating him from the cultural and social milieu in which he developed, the multicultural Ottoman Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. When Mustafa Kemal was still a young cadet, there was already a cinema culture in the empire, to which non-Muslims, particularly the Greek population made an important contribution. Yet, the Ottoman cinema was still limited to particular ethnic groups, social classes and gender, and largely dependent upon a certain affinity with Western modernity. When Mustafa Kemal took the lead in the Independence War against the victorious Allies' plan to partition the Ottoman Empire, he would use cinema not only as an effective tool of communication but also as part of his modernization project. In this presentation, I will invite the audience to journey from his youth to his experience in the Greek-Turkish War in order to reveal the cultural significance of cinema for him and its contribution to the creation of the "myth" of Mustafa Kemal.

Enis Dinç is a graduate student at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam. In his dissertation, he examines the historical changes in the images of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of Turkish Republic, and the involvement of visual media in the production of concepts of nation and cultural memory. Before starting his Ph.D. research at the University of Amsterdam, he earned degrees in Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg (B.A.) and media and cultural studies at SOAS, University of London (M.A.). He is currently a visiting student research collaborator at Princeton University in the Near Eastern Studies Department, where he works on his dissertation with Prof. M. Şükrü Hanioğlu. His research interests include cultural history, media and cultural studies, and philosophy.

Friday, April 24, 2015

1:30 p.m.

Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

Supported by the Christos G. and Rhoda Papaioannou Modern Greek Studies Fund
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