Book presentation by Hilal Alkan (ZMO) and Nazan Maksudyan (FU Berlin / Centre Marc Bloch)
With Johannes Becker, Aatina Nasir Malik, Ahmad Moradi, Derya Özkaya, Samprati Pani, Kholofelo Rameetse, Annegret Roelke, Samuli Schielke, Alex Wafer, Yair Wallach,Urszula Ewa Woźniak, Sezai Ozan Zeybek
Urban Neighbourhood Formations: Boundaries, Narrations, and Intimacies revolves around three major aspects of making and unmaking of neighbourhoods: spatial and temporal boundaries of neighbourhoods, neighbourhoods as imagined and narrated entities, and neighbourhood as social relations. With extensive case studies from Johannesburg to Istanbul and from Jerusalem to Delhi, this volume shows how spatial amenities, immaterial processes of narrating and dreaming, and the lasting effect of intimacies and violence in a neighbourhood are intertwined and negotiated over time in the construction of moral orders, urban practices, and political identities at large. It offers insights into neighbourhood formations in an age of constant mobility and helps us understand the grassroots-level dynamics of xenophobia and hostility, as much as welcoming and openness.
Hilal Alkan is a researcher at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. She works on migration, care ethics and informal welfare provision, with a particular focus on gender. Her most recent publications include ‘The gift of hospitality: (un)welcoming Syrian migrants in Turkey’ (2020) and ‘Syrian Migration and Logics of Alterity in an Istanbul Neighbourhood’ (2020). She has co-edited Urban Neighbourhood Formations: Boundaries, Narrations, Intimacies (Routledge, 2020).
Nazan Maksudyan is an Einstein guest professor at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut at the Freie Universität Berlin and a research associate at the Centre Marc Bloch (CMB). Her fields of expertise are Ottoman and modern Turkish history with additional academic training and research experience in children and youth studies, gender studies, global history, Armenian Studies, intellectual history, and history of science. Her publications include Orphans and Destitute Children in the Late Ottoman Empire (2014); (ed.) Women and the City, Women in the City: A Gendered Perspective on Ottoman Urban History (2014); Ottoman Children & Youth During WWI (2019); (ed. with Hilal Alkan) Urban Neighbourhood Formations: Boundaries, Narrations and Intimacies (2020).
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