This talk will focus on recent youth targeted essay competitions to examine the Turkish governments’ anxiety and desire to address young people in the aftermath of 2013 protests. The essay competitions suggest the government’s and partisan NGO’s purposeful use of history in an attempt to turn youth to the future as a collective of devout, self-esteemed, striving and partisan group. The youth focused, mass participated events also create a platform to garner support for government practices such as urban reconstruction, political repression and social transformation. In short, the talk will analyze the government of youth at the intersections of politics of the past and the future in contemporary Turkey.
Ayça Alemdaroğlu (Ph. D. Cambridge 2011) teaches sociology and serves as the Associate Director of Keyman Modern Turkish Program at Northwestern University. Her research and publications engaged with a broad range of theoretical and ethnographic issues, including youth culture and politics, gender and sexuality, constructions of space and place, experiences of modernity, nationalism, eugenics and higher education. Her most recent article, Spatial Segregation and Class Affects is forthcoming in Social and Cultural Geography.
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