- What’s On
Nick Baird – Opening remarks.
Nick Baird joined the Foreign Office in 1983 and had a long and illustrious career including a posting as the Ambassador in Ankara from 2006-2009. Since leaving the FCO he has taken up a post as group corporate affairs director of energy firm, Centrica, and is also a Trustee of Kew Gardens and the President of BATAS.
William Hale – Keynote - The position of the Presidency in Turkey since 1924 .
William Hale is Professor Emeritus of Turkish Politics at SOAS and the author of numerous studies on Turkey and its history and politics including the classic text “Turkish Foreign Policy 1774-2000. He retains a keen interest in the country and is an active member of BATAS and the BIAA.
Gemma Masson – “Conqueror v. Impaler” comparison as an example of the representation of history in popular culture.
Dr Gemma Louise Masson is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a PhD graduate from the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. She currently works as the Assistant Editor of the Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Journal with the University of Birmingham. She has diverse research interests including Ottoman History, Imperial and Global History, History in Popular Culture, Dracula History, Supernatural History/Mythology/Folklore, and Death. Her institutional affiliations include the British Institute at Ankara, the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, Ottoman Turkish Studies Association, British Association for Turkish Area Studies, Anglo-Turkish Society, British Association for Islamic Studies, The Folklore Society and Travellers in Ottoman Lands.
Martin Stokes – Media and other archaeologies in the Upper Euphrates: The case of singer Enver Demirbağ.
Martin Stokes is King Edward Professor of Music at King’s College London. His books include The Arabesk Debate: Music and Musicians in Modern Turkey (Oxford, 1992) and The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy and Popular Music in Turkey (Chicago, 2010). Music and Citizenship is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.
Harun Yılmaz – The construction of modern national identities in the Soviet Union with particular reference to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
Dr. Harun Yilmaz is Central Asia Research Forum Series editor at Routledge and a regional expert. He received his academic degrees from Oxford University. He was a research fellow at Harvard University and British Academy and lectured on the history of the Soviet Union at Queen Mary University of London. His academic and popular publications cover the Soviet period, national identities, and contemporary politics in Ukraine, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, and political communication. His last book’s title is “National Identities in Soviet Historiography: The rise of nations under Stalin”.
10:00 - 10:40 Registration, Network & Coffee (Entrance to Upper Hall/Robert Gardner Room)
10:45 Opening remarks: Nick Baird, President of BATAS
11:00 Keynote Speaker - Professor William Hale, SOAS University of London
The position of the Presidency in Turkey since 1924
11:50 Gemma Masson
“Conqueror v. Impaler” comparison as an example of the representation of history in popular culture.
12:40 - 14:00 Break for lunch (Robert Gardner Room)
14:10 - Professor Martin Stokes
Media and other archaeologies in the Upper Euphrates: The case of singer Enver Demirbağ
15:00 Tea (Robert Gardner Room)
15:20 Dr Harun Yılmaz
The construction of modern national identities in the Soviet Union with particular reference to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan
16:10 Closing remarks and future thoughts
16:20 Do join to celebrate the life of BATAS Chair Celia Kerslake
Drinks in the Robert Gardner Room
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