Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL MEDIATION
Academic year when starting the degree: 
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Course type: 
Optional subjects
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (35 hours)


Final Examination: 

Written paper, to be presented 15 days before the exam (30%) on one of the topic dis-cussed during the course; oral exam on issues previously debated during the course.

Voto Finale

The course is an introduction to political dynamics, social and cultural changes which in-volved the history of contemporary Turkey, starting from a debate on major reforms during the late Ottoman Empire.
Different texts and articles, including audiovisual materials, will be analyzed. The aim is to provide students with theoretical instruments to discuss the complexity of the region. Therefore, following an historical introduction, different thematic focus will be introduced (secularization and Islam “a là turca”; gender issues, Kurdish issue, cultural memory and urban changes, Turkey’s geopolitical relevance in the Middle East).
By the end of the course, students should demonstrate, in a written paper and oral exami-nation, to be able to recognize Turkish peculiarities and historical developments.

From Central Asia to Anatolia: Turkish populations.
• The Ottoman heritage and political transformation in the 19th century.
• The foundation of the Turkish Republic (1923) and Atatürk’s reforms;
• The transition to multi-party system.
• From Turgut Özal’s neoliberal politics to Islamic parties.
• AKP Party: rising and ruling.
• Thematic focus: Laiklik - laicity and Islam “a la turca”.
• Thematic focus: national identity and minorities.
• Thematic focus: gender issues.
• Thematic focus: Cultural memories and urban development.
• Thematic focus: Turkey in the Euroasiatic geopolitical chessboard.

One text between:

1. Nocera Lea, 2011. La Turchia Contemporanea, XX, Dalla repubblica kemalista al go-verno dell’Akp, Roma: Carocci. (and articles given during the frontal lessons)

2. Zurcher Erik J., 2016. Porta d’Oriente. Storia della Turchia dal Settecento a oggi, Milano: Donzelli.

One novel among:

Ali Sabahattin, 2015. La madonna col cappotto di pelliccia, Asti: Scritturapura.

Pamuk Orhan, 1998. Il mio nome è rosso, Torino: Einaudi.

Pamuk Orhan, 2006. Istanbul, Torino: Einaudi.

Şafak Elif, 2007. La Bastarda d’Istanbul, Milano: Rizzoli.

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, 2016. Serenità,Torino: Einaudi.

For students who are not able to attend classes, it is required to agree the final program for the exam with the professor, before the exam.

Frontal lessons; with the help of audiovisual material; newspaper articles.

Office hours: Monday, 17:00- 18:00, Manica Lunga