Call for Papers: "Toward a Cultural History of the Cold War in Turkey (1945-1989): Ideological dynamics, cultural production, media."

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Over the past decades, Cold War studies experienced the growth of an academic production marked by a pluralist and multi-dimensional approach aiming to reach a deeper understanding of the many facets of a complex global competition deployed in time and space. The conflict between the Western and the Eastern blocs indeed implied a wide range of local responses resulting from the interaction between global and local dynamics which affected not just high politics but societies’ inner social and cultural dynamics as well. By geographically and spatially extending the field of investigation and taking advantage of a wide range of disciplines, such as Cultural Studies, Intellectual History, Literature and Translation Studies, the “cultural turn” in Cold War studies has been building a new relation with the traditional disciplines on the subject (Political History, International Relations or Diplomatic History). In this perspective, there is nowadays a critical mass of studies which contributed to enrich scholarly reflection on the Cold War focusing on its outcomes in the Third World and ‘peripherical’ contexts.

Undoubtedly, Turkey’s position in the Cold War is not an uncovered topic. Nevertheless, the great part of the scholarly production is chiefly focused on the country’s foreign policy and diplomacy. Yet, in the last decade it is remarkable the rise of an inspiring academic literature which from different angles paved the way for a more nuanced understanding of the local outcomes of superpowers’ competition, shedding new light on previously overlooked actors, cultural and social dynamics. Indeed, the complexity of the cultural and ideological struggle in cold-war Turkey is a relatively recent focus and there are many issues, actors, literatures and media as yet unexamined.

This book aims to enrich scholarly reflection by devoting special attention to the interactions between global dynamics and local agencies of individuals, media, organisations and intellectual trends in Turkey between 1945 and 1989. Within this general framework, the volume is open to contributions by young researchers as well as established scholars in all fields of humanities and social sciences. Papers could focus on theoretical-methodological issues and case studies as well. Potential research topics include but are not limited to:

- Cold War and the transformation of the relationships between political actors, social strata, and more broadly Turkish political scenario.

- Cultural policies.

- Cold war and the struggle for cultural hegemony.

- Linkages, perceptions and representations of Turkish, Turkic and Muslim communities in the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia by political and intellectual movements, and media in the period of interest.

- Manifestations of the Cold War in Turkish cultural production including domestic literature, translations, didactic material, and visual arts.   

Editor: Fulvio Bertuccelli (Research Fellow, Sapienza University of Rome- Adjunct Lecturer, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna)

Publisher: The book is expected to be published in open access by Sapienza University of Rome Press (Sapienza Università Edizioni).

How to submit your proposal:

  • Please send a 300 word abstract along with a short bio to no later than 12th March 2023. Notifications will be emailed to all submitters prior to 31st March 2023.
  • The deadline for the submission of full chapters is 31st August 2023. Their length should be around 40 000/50 000 characters (including spaces, footnotes, list of references, abstract and keywords). The book chapters will be subject to double-blind peer review. English language editing before submission is strongly recommended.

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