Turkish Kaleidoscope: Joining Art and Science

A seminar with Professor Jenny White

It is 1975 and Turkey is near civil war. Four medical students struggle on opposing sides in a society torn apart by violent political factions. Each has a different reason for joining the cause, with consequences that follow them into the present. Turkish Kaleidoscope, a graphic novel by Jenny White and the artist Ergün Gündüz, asks what causes people to sacrifice their lives, health and sometimes families for an autocratic leader and engage in violent acts. Inspired by oral history interviews and White's own experiences as a student in Ankara in the 1970s, the book does not give an ideological or event-driven analysis, but rather shows that violent factionalism has an emotional and cultural logic that defies ideological explanations. White will talk about why she chose to write a graphic book and what we can learn from it about Turkey in the 1970s and beyond.

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From Princeton University Press

Professor White is an internationally renowned scholar on Turkish society and politics. Holding a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, she currently works at Stockholm University as Professor at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies. In addition to numerous academic books and articles, she is also the author of several books of historical fiction. A full bibliography can be found here. Her latest book, the upcoming Turkish Kaleidoscope: Fractured Lives in a Time of Violence (Princeton, 2021), is a graphic novel illustrated by Ergün Gündüz that follows four protagonists in the political violence of 1970s Turkey.

Published Feb. 17, 2021 4:24 PM - Last modified Aug. 2, 2022 2:06 PM