Location: The Forum, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive
Lecture Title: The New Ottomans – Turkey’s Muslim Nationalists
Speaker: Professor Jenny White, Boston University
Turkey is an Islamic democracy that feels itself a part of both Europe and the Middle East. Can it bridge the gulf between West and East or will it be drawn increasingly into the Islamic world? The U.S. has long had a strong tie with Turkey, but can this continue?
Dr. Jenny B. White has authored numerous articles on Turkey and lectures internationally on topics ranging from political Islam and civil society to ethnic identity and gender issues. Dr. White is currently writing a book on contemporary Turkish nationalism and Islam. She has been following events in Turkey since the mid-1970s. All of her books have been translated into Turkish.
Dr. White is the former president of the Turkish Studies Association and of the American Anthropological Association Middle East Section, and sits on the board of the Institute of Turkish Studies. She has received numerous grants and fellowships from, among others, the Social Science Research Council, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and Fulbright-Hays. She is author of Islamist Mobilization in Turkey: A Study in Vernacular Politics (2002, winner of the 2003 Douglass Prize for best book in Europeanist anthropology) and Money Makes Us Relatives: Women’s Labor in Urban Turkey (second edition, London: Routledge, 2004).
She also has written three historical novels set in nineteenth-century Istanbul, The Sultan’s Seal (2006), The Abyssinian Proof (2008), and The Winter Thief (forthcoming March 2010). The Sultan’s Seal, translated into fifteen languages, was named one of the top ten first novels of 2006 by Booklist and was shortlisted for the 2006 Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award.