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HISDEMAB seminar with Veronika Hager
The presentation gives an overview of how the Ottoman constitutional revolution of 1908 was represented in Turkish historiographical texts from the 1930s to the 1950s. It explores how late Ottoman constitutionalism and parliamentarism were evaluated and contextualized in the single-party and the multi-party era of the early Republic of Turkey. By focusing on terminological and conceptual questions as well as on the political positioning of a wide array of authors in respect to a hegemonic state discourse, the presentation aims to shed light on the shifting evaluations of concepts such as ‘democracy’, ‘parliamentarism’, and ‘freedom’ in changing political contexts.
Veronika Hager studied Middle Eastern Studies, Economics and Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich (Germany), as well as International Relations at Çukurova Üniversitesi in Adana (Turkey). She has conducted PhD studies in History at the Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and at the Institute for Southeastern European History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She has recently submitted her doctoral thesis “Coming to Terms with the Recent Past: The Late Ottoman Empire in Post-Imperial Turkish Historiography”. She was a Curator of Education at Deutsches Historisches Museum (Museum of German History), and is now the Head of the Education Department at Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum. Among her publications: “A Past, So Distant, and Yet So Very Near: Belleten and the Creation of a Historiographical Rupture“, European Journal of Turkish Studies, 2017-24.
This event is part of the lecture series:
Lecture series in the academic year 2022/23
The Historicity of Democracy Seminar