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Depictions of the 1980 Military Takeover in Turkish Cinema and Serialized Film for Television
Friday, May 20, 2011 - 12:00pm to Friday, May 20, 2011 - 1:30pm
The Portland Center for Public Humanities at PSU presents a Faculty Lunch and Lecture with Pelin Basci, “Depictions of the 1980 Military Takeover in Turkish Cinema and Serialized Film for Television”

Friday, May 20, 2011
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room TBD
12-1:30pm

What kind of a memory does the Turkish nation have of the 1980 military takeover? Should it really be preserved, and if so how? Answers to these questions have been debated in the local context of redefining the parameters of the “imagined community” of nationhood, and in the regional and global contexts of accounting for human rights violations by nation-states. Turkish cinema since the 1980s, in both feature and serialized film, has been “archiving emotions” about this particular memory. Pelin’s talk will explore films and soap operas as an exchange between two narrative modes of remembering the 1980 trauma: official history and the unrecognized memory of popular culture.