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Wednesdays at the Center: “The Geopolitics of Conspiracy from Turkey to Trump” with Professor Erdağ Göknar (Duke University)

September 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Professor Erdağ Göknar from the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies for our latest installment of Wednesdays at the Center. Professor Göknar will discuss the role of conspiracy as a literary, cultural and political force, with a comparative focus on contemporary Turkey and the Trump presidency. Though the inaccuracies of discourses of conspiracy can be exposed, they nevertheless have political and even electoral or legal outcomes. The talk will present a conceptual map of conspiratorial ideas in the Turkish context that have recently appeared in the US including the “deep state,” the “coup,” the “enemy of the people,” and the “enemy within.”

Erdağ Göknar is Associate Professor of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. He is a Turkish-American scholar whose research focuses on the intersection of politics and culture in the Middle East, primarily the late Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. Through his research, he explores questions of Turkish and Muslim representation in literature, historiography, and popular culture/media. His collection of poetry addressing themes of cultural dislocation, Nomadologies, was recently published by Turtle Point Press and highlighted in Duke Today’s Faculty Books.

This presentation is sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center. A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in nearby Trent Rd. and Erwin Rd. parking decks. The series provides 1-hour parking vouchers to guests.


September 5, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall
2204 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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