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Istanbul has been one of the cities contending for the title of global city since the 1990s. Its ascent predated and anticipated the growing visibility of the nation state, which it serves with increasing frequency as unofficial symbol, but it also gains visibility and influence from the sharper political definition of Turkey at the crossroads of the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. The city sprawls over the meandering shores and low hills surrounding the two sides of an inner sea that antiquity took to be the geographic divide between Europe and Asia, its financial and multiplying housing high-rise complexes standing at a respectful distance from the historic peninsula at the southeast corner of its European part that houses the heritage of its Ottoman and Byzantine pasts.
This symposium will explore the theme 'Ethnographies of Istanbul.' It aims to explore a number of contemporary issues brought together in the hyper-urban space of Istanbul from multiple disciplinary perspectives, opening up a possible ending meditation on the degree of historical contingency or determination in their coincidence for further dialogue with comparable work done in other world areas.
To read more about the symposium please see the website: http://www.euc.illinois.edu/tss/ (also linked to the event title)