Symposia Archive

Twenty-ninth Spring Symposium 2018

in association with the London Middle East Institute, SOAS (LMEI)

Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Senate House

SOAS University of London

Saturday 10 March 2018
10am to 4.45pm

Symposium Programme 

10.00 – 10.40 – Registration (in entrance hall of Paul Webley Wing) and Coffee/Tea (in Room S209)

10.50 – Opening remarks by President of BATAS

11.00 – Bill Park, Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Defence Studies, King’s College London

“Turkey’s assorted Kurdish woes”

11.50 – Tim Stanley, Senior Curator, Asian Department, Victoria and Albert Museum

“Barbarossa’s Bath-house: Ottoman tiles and Persian poetry in the 1540s”

12.45 – Break for lunch

14.45 – Dr Gül Berna Özcan, Reader in International Business and Entrepreneurship, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London

“Piety, business and politics: a quarter-century transformation in Turkey”

15.35 – Professor Daniela Berghahn, Professor of Film Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London

“Turkish-German cinema and the diasporic family experience”

16.45 – Closing remarks by President of BATAS

17.00 – BATAS Annual General Meeting to be held in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Room B104 (first floor).


Twenty-eighth Spring Symposium 2017

Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Senate House

SOAS University of London

Saturday 6 May 2017
10am to 4.40pm

Symposium Programme 

10.00 – 10.40 – Registration and Coffee/Tea

10.50 – Opening remarks (Professor William Hale, Acting President of BATAS)

11.00 – Uluç Gürkan, (Former Deputy Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly and Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe (PACE) and OSCE)

“Legal light on the ‘Malta Tribunals’ of 1919-1921: The British Government’s unsuccessful attempt to bring Turks to trial after WW1”

11.50 – Professor Scott Redford, (History of Art & Archaeology, SOAS, University of London)

“An A-Z of medieval Anatolian travel”

12.45 – Break for lunch (list of local eating places available at registration desk)

14.15 – Dr Ziya Meral, (Resident Fellow, British Army’s Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research)

“Turkey’s Security Dilemma: What drives Turkish security and defence policies? And why is the country facing more insecurity as their outcome?”

15.05 – Dr Rachel Harris, (Reader in Ethnomusicology, SOAS, University of London)

“Text, performance, and the transnational circulation of the Hikmet poetry of 12th-century Sufi Ahmet Yesevi”

16.00 – 16.30 – Coffee/Tea

16.40 – BATAS Annual General Meeting


Twenty-seventh Spring Symposium 2016

Emmanuel College, Cambridge

The Queen’s Building

Saturday 9 April 2016
10am to 4.30pm

Symposium Programme 

10.00 – 10.40 – Registration and Coffee (The Queen’s Building)

10.50 – Opening remarks (Michael Lake, President of BATAS)

11.00 – Prof. Dr Sinan Bayraktaroğlu, (Hacettepe University, Ankara)

“The issue of Turkish versus English as languages of higher education
in Turkey”

11.50 – Edward Charlton-Jones, (Allen & Overy LLP)

“White Russian Refugees in Constantinople, 1918-23”

12.45 – 14.00 – Break for lunch (served in the Upper Hall)

14.10 – Dr İpek Demir, (University of Leicester)

“Kurdish and Turkish communities from Turkey: From ‘economic
immigrants’ to ‘political diasporas’?”

15.00 – Dr Eylem Atakav, (University of East Anglia)

“Growing up Married: Representing Child Brides in Film”

16.00 – 16.30 – Tea

16.40 – BATAS Annual General Meeting


Twenty-sixth Spring Symposium 2015

St Antony’s College, Oxford

Nissan Lecture Theatre

Saturday 25 April 2015

10.00am to 4.40pm

Symposium Programme 

10.00 – 10.30 – Coffee, registration (in the Hilda Besse Building)

10.50 – Opening remarks (Michael Lake, President of BATAS)

11.00 – Dr Zeynep Kezer, University of Newcastle

“State penetration in eastern Turkey: Landscape, memory and identity in the early Republican years”

11.50 – Dr Pheroze Unwalla, York University, Toronto

“From battlefield to ‘theme park’: Centenary reflections on the transformation of Gallipoli”

12.45 – 14.00 – Break for lunch

14.10 – Professor Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck, University of London

“Turkey, alcohol and Islam”

15.00 – Antony Wynn, Freelance historian; author of Three Camels to Smyrna)

“Carpets in peace and war: The Oriental Carpet Manufacturers of Smyrna from 1908 to the early Republic”

16.00 – 16.30 – Tea

16.40 – Annual General Meeting


Twenty-fifth Spring Symposium 2014

Emmanuel College, Cambridge

The Upper Hall

Saturday 26 April 2014

10.00am to 4.30pm

Symposium Programme 

10.00 – 10.30 – Coffee, registration (in the Upper Hall)

10.40 – Opening remarks (Celia Kerslake, Chairperson of BATAS)

10.50 – Dr Michael Axworthy, University of Exeter

 “Tribes, Turks and Persians in the time of Nader Shah,  1698-1747”

11.45 – Dr Kerem Öktem, St Antony’s College, Oxford

 “The contested territory of political Islam in Turkey: From coalition to fratricide”

12.45 – 14.10 – Break for lunch

14.15 – Professor George Hewitt, SOAS

“Caucasians in Turkey: Their distribution and languages”

15.10 – Dr Michael Ellison, University of Bristol

Say I am You – Mevlana: A love story”

16.00-16.30 –  Tea

16.40 –  Annual General Meeting


Twenty-fourth Spring Symposium

Saturday 27 April 2013

St Antony’s College,
Oxford Nissan Lecture Theatre,
St Antony’s College, 62 Woodstock Road,
Oxford, OX2 6JF

Click here for the programme



TASG Twenty-third Spring Symposium

Saturday 5 May 2012

Emmanuel College, Cambridge
The Queen’s Building

10.00 – 10.30 Registration and Coffee

10.45 – 11.35 Fadi Hakura (Associate Fellow, Chatham House)
Turkey’s role in international relations: The Middle East and beyond

11.40 – 12.30 Dr Ece Göztepe Çelebi (Faculty of Law, Bilkent University)
The constitution–making process in Turkey: Between law and politics

12.40 – 14.20 Lunch

14.25 – 15.15 Shahina Farid (UCL Institute of Archaeology)
“A Turkish Delight” – Life in an Anatolian city 9000 years ago:
the excavations at Çatalhöyük

15.20 – 16.10 Dr Caroline Tee (Bristol University)
On the path of Pir Sultan? Engagement with authority in the modern Alevi movement

16.15 Tea
16.30 Annual General Meeting

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Earlier Symposia, 1990-2011

TASG First Symposium at St. Antony’s College , Oxford, 12 May 1990
Professor Geoffrey Lewis Miscellanea Turcica
Metin Kunt Studying Ottomans and Turks
Sir Mark Russell Eastern Europe and Turkey’s aspirations
John Norton Path to paradise:  Turkish Sufi movements
Jennifer Scarce The domestic hearth:  A look at Turkish rugs
TASG Second Spring Symposium at Sawston Hall, Cambridge. 4 May 1991
Professor Michael Rogers Iznik blue and white
Professor Polymnia Athanassiadi
İsmail Emre A Dervish without an order
Professor Gül Durmuşoğlu Turkish female talk
Dr D Barchard Turkey in the British press
Sir Horace Phillips Teaching at a Turkish university
TASG Third Spring Symposium at Sawston Hall, Cambridge, 9 May 1992
Dr William Hale Turkish politics after the elections
Peter Liddle In search of Gallipoli
Dr Ayse Kırtunç Ottoman costumes
Dr Arın Bayraktaroğlu Telling of troubles in Turkish
Rosalie Lamburn Improvisation in Turkish music
TASG Fourth Spring Symposium at Sawston Hall, Cambridge, 8 May 1993
Dr John Baldwin Some aspects of the interaction of Turks and Slavs in the Balkans
Prof Chris Hann
Dr Ildiko Beller-Hann Markets and morality in the east Black Sea border country
Dr Uygur Kocabaşoğlu The 19th Century British consular establishment in the Ottoman Empire
Professor Cem Behar Traditional Turkish music: Sound and sense
TASG Fifth Spring Symposium at Sawston Hall , Cambridge, 14 May 1994
Lady Rosamond Hanworth The Heritage of North Cyprus
Behrooz Morvaridi Social structure in North Cyprus
Oktay Ekşi Recent developments in the Turkish media
Emre Aracı The traditions and influences of Turkish janissary music
TASG Sixth Spring Symposium at Sawston Hall, Cambridge, 13 May 1995
Professor Malcolm Wagstaff Mountain life in south-west Turkey
Tim Stanley The Library of Umur Bey in Bursa
Professor Paul Sterling Turkish Village: Forty years of revolutions
Professor David Kushner Questions of identity in contemporary Turkey
TASG Seventh Spring Symposium at Sawston Hall, Cambridge, 11 May 1996
Dr Andrew Mango Perceptions of Turkey
Professor Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu Trends and styles in modern Turkish painting
Dr Butrus Abu-Manneh Rethinking the early Ottoman reforms
Dr Hugh Poulton The top hat, the Grey Wolf and the Crescent: nationalism in the Turkish Republic
TASG Eighth Spring Symposium at Sawston Hall, Cambridge, 10 May 1997
Rev Robin Denniston The Second World War: Eavesdropping on Turkey
Dr Philip Mansel Ambassadors and artists in Istanbul
Dr F.A.K. Yasamee Ottoman diplomacy
Dr Sinan Bayraktaroğlu Foreign language education, sociocultural change and modernisation: The Turkish case
TASG Ninth Spring Symposium at Sawston Hall, Cambridge 2 May 1998
Rev John Kemp Icongraphy in Byzantium during the Palaiologan period (1258-1453)
Peter Coggins The Turkish diaspora in Britain
Eva Ostergaard –Nielsen With the feet in Germany and the head in Turkey:
Political mobilisation of the diasporas from Turkey in Germany
Professor Osman Okyar Politics in Ataturk’s modernisation
TASG Tenth Spring  Symposium at Sawston Hall, Cambridge, 8 May 1999
Dr Colin Imber The Ottoman Empire:  A lost world?
Dr George Dedes Mehmet the Conqueror and the Church of `Ayasofya`
Mark Hutchings Turks in Shakespeare and his contemporaries
John Drake The Sultan’s garden at Aynalı Kavak Kasrı
TASG Eleventh Spring Symposium at Sawston Hall, Cambridge, 6 May 2000
Charles Newton The Ottomans observed: Pictures of Ottoman Turkey in the Searight Collection at the V&A
Dr David Morray The dragoboys of Ortakoy: the Levant Consular Service 1877-1914
Mithat Rende The Turkish straits:  A challenging future?
Dr William Hale Turkey’s politics: Before and after the Earthquake
TASG Twelfth Spring Symposium at Sawston Hall, Cambridge, 12 May 2001
Professor Belma Ötüş Baskett Keeping step with Atatürk: The precarious career of Hakkı Behiç
Dr Tunç Aybak The Black Sea world, emergent or imagined
David Barchard The end of Ottoman Crete
Osman Streater The ‘Turkish Ambassador’ who became Pope:
The wartime friendship between the future Pope John XXIII and Numan Menemencioglu
TASG Thirteenth Spring Symposium at Sawston Hall, Cambridge, 11 May 2002
Professor Richard Clogg Greeks bearing gifts: Arnold Toynbee and the Koraes Chair
Dr Arın Bayraktaroğlu in collaboration with Dr Maria Sifianou (in absentia) An introduction to linguistic politeness across boundaries: The case of Greek and Turkish
Michael Stephen Some legal issues affecting Turkish-Greek relations
Professor Clement Dodd The Cyprus negotiations : Reconciling the irreconcilable
TASG Fourteenth Spring Symposium at  Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 10 May 2003
Joyce Reynolds Hunting for inscriptions at Aphrodisias
Dr Renee Hirschon The 1923 Greek-Turkish population exchange in retrospect
Dr Catherine Alexander Images of the ‘state’ in contemporary Turkey
Dr Nuri Yurdasev How European is Turkey ?
TASG Fifteenth Spring Symposium at Emmanuel College, Cambridge,24 April 2004
Osman  Streater Can Turkey join the EU while the Greek Orthodox Seminary on Heybeli Island remains closed ?
Dr Vally Lytra Greek and Turkish contact: A sociolinguistic account of two languages and cultures in an Athens primary school
Dimitris Antoniou Western Thracian Muslims in the Greek capital: From migration to religious organisation
John Muir The construction of a dam in Turkey: An engineer’s reflections on his experiences
TASG Sixteenth Spring Symposium at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 23 April 2005
John Martin Turco-British encounters 1920: A view from the Royal Navy
Dr Halim Kara Self and nation in the autobiographical writings of Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu (1889-1974)
David Barchard A concise history of turcophobia in the 19th and 20th centuries
Dr Aslı Niyazioğlu Imperial visions: Mehmed II and his Topkapı Palace
TASG Seventeenth Spring Symposium at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 22 April 2006
John Martin Espionage in Ankara:  Operation Cicero
Professor Clement Dodd Cyprus:  Turkey’s nemesis?
Dan van der Wat SMS Goeben:  The ship that changed the world
Andrew Finkel The anatomy of an ‘asparagas’ – or why Turkish newspapers sometimes lie
TASG Eighteenth Spring Symposium at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 21 April 2007
TASG Nineteenth Spring Symposium at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 19 April 2008
Prof Gerald MacLean Courting the Porte: Early Anglo-Ottoman Diplomacy
Ateş Orga Irfan Orga’s “Portrait of a Turkish Family”:
Genesis of a literary masterpiece
Prof Salahi Sonyel British policy during the Cyprus crisis, 1974-1975
Prof Clement Dodd The Orient Express
TASG Twentieth Spring Symposium at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 18 April 2009
John Martin Franz von Löher: A German Foray into Ottoman Cyprus 1875
Prof Richard Sakwa Russia and Turkey: Parallel Destinies
Dr Brian Beeley Postal Rivalries in the Late Ottoman Empire
Stephen Parkin An Italian in Istanbul: Edmondo De Amici’s ‘Constantinople’
TASG Twenty-first Spring Symposium at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 17 April 2010
Laurent Mignon Forbidden Love: Vartan Paşa and Zafer Hanım
Dan van der Vat Winston Churchill’s Greatest Failure:The Dardanelles Disaster in 1915
Ruth Christie Reading from her translated Turkish poetry
Gareth Winrow Turkey’s role as an energy transit state
John MacGinnis The Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Project:
Excavating a Provincial Capital of the Assyrian Empire
TASG Twenty-second Spring Symposium at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 7 May 2011
Metin Heper Some Thoughts on Currently Conflictual Issues in Turkey
William Park The Origins, Nature and Prospects of Turkish Foreign Policy
 under Ahmet Davutoğlu
Deniz Duru Coexistence in Burgaz, Princes Islands of Istanbul: Living
 and Negotiating with Ethnic, Class and Religious Differences
Figen Phelps Dame Ninette Valois and Turkish Ballet
Özlem Güçlü New Cinema of Turkey: What is ‘new’? Why is it not ‘Turkish’?
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