Victims of Commemoration: The Architecture and Violence of Confronting the Past in Turkey

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Syracuse University Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.74 pounds

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About the Author
Eray Çayli is the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the European Institute at the London School of Economics.
What is the relationship between an event of historical violence and its subsequent commemoration? Brilliantly challenging our received understandings of historical representation, Victims of Commemoration analyzes how the violence of the past persists in the formation of public spaces and built environments.-- "Kabir Tambar, Stanford University"
A brilliant contribution in the wider literatures of violence and trauma, collective memory, commemoration and memorialization, ethno-national identity, and the ethnographies and geographies of each.-- "Kyle Evered, Michigan State University"
Çayli's first monograph offers provocative insights, challenging both official orthodoxies and the ethics of academic practice. The former makes it indispensable to those interested in state formation processes, violence, trauma and memory studies, and the Middle East. The latter makes it required reading for all humanities when the need for scholarly self-reflexivity is so pressing.-- "Zeynep Kezer, Turkish Studies"
Bold and original, Victims of Commemoration charts important new territory for the field of memory studies. It offers a fascinating ethnographic study of three Turkish sites of political violence and focuses especially on the shaping role of space and architecture. In this theoretically rich work, Eray Cayli argues convincingly that commemoration is not just a response to violence--it is often entangled with violence itself, a continuation of the very conflict that we think we're merely remembering.-- "Michael Rothberg, author of The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators"
This skillfully narrated account of urban architectural space and the present experience of the past will be of interest to anyone interested in understanding the social life of monuments.-- "Charles Stewart, University College London"