Summer 2012 seminar for scholars: Consuming Istanbul: Space, Spectacle and the Politics of Popular Culture

Struggling for the cultural heritage of Istanbul– Majik Sinema to be demolished…



CIEE Announces Summer 2012 International Faculty Development Seminar in Turkey

Consuming Istanbul:  Space, Spectacle and the Politics of Popular Culture

June 11 ? 22, 2012


Program Description:

Since the 1980’s, Turkey, in particular Istanbul, has seen unprecedented transformations with the influences of rapid urbanization, the emergence of consumerism and the “opening” up to new configurations of public space and images. While Turkey’s accession to the E.U. remains elusive, and the country’s role on the global economic and political stages is being debated, images and imaginings of Istanbul have acquired new and complex significance. Declared a “Cultural Capital of Europe” in 2010, a number of civic initiatives, municipal “urban renewal” (i.e. gentrification) projects, and cultural events have literally and figuratively “re-oriented,” reshaped and repackaged Istanbul for consumption on local and global levels.

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from Hurriyet Daily News
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from Hurriyet Daily News
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