America, Turkey, and the Middle East

Episode 386


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Turkey is a country that most Americans know little about, and yet the United States has played an extraordinary role in the making of modern Turkey. In this podcast, we explore this disparity of awareness and the role of the US in the history of the Middle East through the lens of an American journalist's slow realization of her own subjectivity and the myriad ways in which the US and Turkey have been intertwined. In this conversation with Suzy Hansen about her award-winning book "Notes on a Foreign Country," we critically examine the formation of journalistic and scholarly expertise, and we discuss reactions of readers and reviewers to Hansen's work.

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Contributor Bios

Suzy Hansen’s first book Notes on a Foreign Country was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. She lives in Istanbul.
Chris Gratien is Assistant Professor of History at University of Virginia, where he teaches classes on global environmental history and the Middle East. He is currently preparing a monograph about the environmental history of the Cilicia region of the former Ottoman Empire from the 1850s until the 1950s.

Credits


Episode No. 386
Release Date: 15 October 2018
Recording Location: Cihangir, Istanbul
Audio editing by Chris Gratien
Music: Intro by Zé Trigueiros
Special thanks to our friends at Muhtelif
Bibliography courtesy of Suzy Hansen


Images

Photo credit: Gabby Laurent


Select Bibliography

James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room

Eric Bennett, Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing During the Cold War

Abdelrahman Munif, Cities of Salt

Neni Panourgia, Dangerous Citizens: The Greek Left and the Terror of the State

Hemant Shah, The Politics of Modernization: Daniel Lerner, Mass Media, and the Passing of Traditional Society

Kamila Shamsie, “The Storytellers of Empire,” Guernica

Magdalena Zaborowska, James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade



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