International Workshop “The politics of place naming in Turkey”, Geneva, Switzerland, September 12-13, 2019

Research questions in this workshop include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Promotion and erasure of toponymical repertoires;
  • Processes of Turkification & modes of resistance;
  • Ottoman, néo-Ottoman, national and post-national historiographies;
  • Actors involved in place naming: National leaders and cults of personality, role of the bureaucracy & local administrations, private sector, civil society, political parties;
  • Gender and naming policies;
  • Geographies of trauma & archaeologies of violence in the politics of naming;
  • Methodologies and sources: archives, oral history, official and alternative cartographies;
  • Labelling, marketization, commodification;
  • Technologies of power & regime change;
  • Time scales, moments of change and transition in place naming

The first day of the workshop is open to the public (program).

The second day is reserved to invited guests.