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Melike Eğilmezler Boylan, ‘Don’t Make Me Laugh: The Role of Humor in Turkish Society’
November 2, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Melike Eğilmezler Boylan is a Turkish sociologist specializing in contemporary satire. Her first book, Güldürme Beni! Mizah Üstüne Ciddi Söyleşiler (Don’t Make Me Laugh! Serious Conversations About Humor) is a collection of interviews with legendary Turkish writers, directors, actors, stand-up comedians and cartoonists, exploring their role in society. She has a doctorate from Turkey’s Middle Eastern Technical University, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Marmara University in Istanbul. She has also worked for the World Bank and Turkish government. Eğilmezler Boylan’s research interests include exploring the tension between repression and freedom of expression, humor traditions in Muslim societies and documenting creative social change.