FRESNO — Dr. Ümit Kurt will give a presentation on “The Young Turks: Racism and the Construction of National Identity” at 7:30PM on Friday, November 8, 2019, in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191, on the Fresno State campus.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and The Center for Ethics, Character, and Civic Education at Fresno State.

While there is an extensive body of literature addressing the foundations of Turkish nationalism and its racist aspects in the early Republican Era and contemporary Turkey, a significant gap persists in the critical period between 1911-1916, when the existence of the Ottoman Empire was at stake. This talk sets its goal as displaying the racist streak apparent in the construction of Turkish nationalism in this period. It offers an analysis of the fabric of Turkish nationalism and the racist patterns of this fabric through an examination of essays published in the first nine volumes of the journal of Türk Yurdu (Turkish Homeland), the most eminent of the Turkish journals of the time and the intellectual organ of the CUP. It aims to track down the premises and the origins of the historical evolution and the development of Turkish nationalism by analyzing the content of the journal’s writings. Critical scholars of nationalism have argued that race (irk) and racism are indispensable elements in many forms of nationalism.

Dr. Ümit Kurt received his Ph.D. from the Department of History at Clark University in 2016 and is currently a Polonsky Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He is the author of several monographs and numerous scholarly articles.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Fresno State Lots P6 and P5, near the University Business Center, Fresno State. Parking permits are not required for Friday night lectures.

For more information about the lecture please contact the Armenian Studies Program at 278-2669, visit our website at www.fresnostate.edu/armenianstudies or visit our Facebook page at @ArmenianStudiesFresnoState.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

GYO Statement on Nationwide Protests

Over the last several days, America has reeled over the recent examples…

Freedom House Hails Democratic Change in Armenia

WASHINGTON, DC (RFE/RL) — The Washington-based rights group Freedom House praised the…

Social Democrat Hunchakian Party Announcement

The Social Democrat Hunchakian Party considers the only way out of the…

Two Earthquakes and Three Babies

By Seta Haig Sunday morning, October 23, 2011: Like any other morning,…