The conference will focus mainly on the fact that newspapers in the Middle East (including the Balkan and the Caucasus region) are often a forum for literature. Poets, thinkers and writers have been using the press as a medium for their literary works and messages for a long time. As in Europe, they have serialized lyrics, novels, essays, tales etc. in daily or weekly newspapers. By these means, many of the authors were able to present their works to a wider public for the first time - and important parts of their literature were probably published in this form only.
The following aspects could be focused on in the scientific discussions:
the opus of specific authors in different newspapers
certain newspapers as a literary forum in different periods of Middle Eastern history
cultural politics and its literaric reflections in the (official) press
the literary 'voices of the provinces'
writers, press, criticism of the regime, and censorship
Deadline for papers and registration: 1st of October 2000.
Dr. Horst Unbehaun
Chair for Turkish Studies
An der Universitšt 11
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