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Theatre and Politics in Istanbul


Nov 08 2018


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

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Theatre and Politics in Contemporary Istanbul

With Members of the BuluTiyatro Collective

Speakers will present their experiences in their small theatre collective BuluTiyatro within the context of recent political history in Turkey. Based on their very own encounters, struggles, challenges, dreams and frustrations, inspirations and silences in Istanbul and Turkey, they will reflect upon and reconsider the notions of commons, urban transformation, the relationship between art and politics, interdisciplinarity and methodology (in both their work in theatre and elsewhere), and the political history of Turkey.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. This event is co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and is part of the series, Engaged Theatre and Contemporary Politics in Turkey | November 5-9, 2018, sponsored by the Duke University Middle East Studies Center and Duke University Libraries, with support from a Trent Foundation Grant.


Ebru Nihan Celkan

Ebru Nihan Celkan is the founder of BuluTiyatro, a text-driven theater company in Istanbul, and the author of more than nine plays, which have been widely performed in Turkey, two having been included in the repertoire of State and City theaters. She is one of four international playwrights invited by…...

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Özge Ertem

Özge Ertem is inspired by a quest to combine the field of History with that of theater, and to locate their common sources and methodologies. She is an historian by training and an instructor of History at Koç University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as the former…...

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Özlem Karadağ

Özlem Karadağ has long navigated the waters of both scholarship and theater, combining her degrees in English language and Literature, her research in contemporary drama, and duties as a professor at Istanbul University with stints in various theater companies. In 2012, she joined BuluTiyatro as a resident dramaturg and assistant…...

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Nina Kamberos


Nina Kamberos is the founder and editor-in-chief of Laertes, a press for literary translation, located in Chapel Hill. Their first edition, Clearing the Ground: C.P. Cavafy, Poetry and Prose, 1902-1911, was published in October of 2015 and received both IPPY and PubWest awards for book design. They are currently in…...

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