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Love Zeki Müren! Queer culture in Turkey

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Panel discussion
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Studio Building
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Lehárgasse 8
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1060 Vienna
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2. floor, Multi-Purpose Space

Getting to know the queer literature of Turkey. This project, curated by Ece Özdemir, will show the past of a culture that could be called queer culture today and how it continues in the Turkish Republic, to this day.

Did you know that there has been a continuing queer culture in Turkey since the Ottoman Empire? This panel discussion will focus on examples of queer literature in the Ottoman Empire period, in the early republic, and in contemporary Turkey. Can we talk about a queer literature of the Ottoman Empire, where in the 19th century sexual norms were not yet determined with heterosexist paradigm? Did the existence of a queer language, not yet suppressed, persist in the early republic, even though there were attempts to form the novel of that period according to the strictly heterosexist norms? What then are the effective examples of queer literature in contemporary Turkish literature?

The event will be bilingual, German and Turkish. For simultaneous translation into German, reserve headphones at:

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Organized by the Coordination Office for the Advancement of Women | Gender Studies | Diversity in cooperation with Queer Museum Vienna and neuer wiener diwan.