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.