Department of Turkish Studies at Universiteit Leiden is holding a conference entitled "Mapping Ideological Landscape of Turkey" on 21-22 June 2002. The Conference is organized to support the project, "Recycling the Past: The Use of Social Memory in the Construction of Modernity in Turkey", executed by a team of researchers, namely Ph.D. students, Umut Azak, Seçil Deren, and Özgür Gökmen, led by ErikJan Zürcher, and supervised by a committee consisting of Martin van Bruinessen, Alexander de Groot, and Marcel van der Linden.
The project "Recycling the Past" aims at the construction of a history of ideas for contemporary Turkey (1946-1999) by analysing the use of the historical discourse related to the organisation of state and society. Within the discourse of the organisation of society, a major focus is the unanswered, but nonetheless significant questions in contemporary Turkey, concerning continuity and change in the discourses of the ethnic and cultural Turkish character of state and society, the nature of Turkish secularism, and class, populism and popular education in Turkey.
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