"The State of the Art of the Early Turkish Republic: Historiography, Sources, and Future Directions"
A Panel discussion:
Dr. Talin Suciyan (Ludwig Maximilian Univ., Munich)
Dr. Ümit Kurt (Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem)
Dr. Ari Şekeryan (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
The conference will explore the early Turkish Republican period. The modern state of Turkey – formally established on October 29, 1923, under the leadership of Kemal Ataturk – came into existence in the period 1908-1945, in which traumatic and revolutionary developments followed each other in quick succession: the constitutional revolution, eleven years of war, mass migration and mass murder, the end of a 600-year old empire and the almost partition of the remains among the victors in World War I and the foundation of Turkish Republic.
Armenians remained in the new Turkish Republic and experienced these developments. At the same time, it is the period of political experiments, the building of a national economy, and the birth of Turkish nationalism. The republic is both heir to all of these developments and a daring experiment in nation building and modernization.
This conference aims to use the historical context of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of a new nation state, the Republic of Turkey, to discuss and analyze major issues that played a dominant role in the history of this period: the emergence of the modern state, the impact of war, nationalism and nation building, and the role of religion and secularism.