Narratives crossing linguistic and state borders and people translating their life stories in order to be allowed to inhabit a space are both timeless and very timely topics. The focus of this event is on the practices, challenges and methodologies of working with stories that migrate and on narrating the experience of migration. From the transformational impact of labor migration on eighteenth-century Istanbul, to archiving folktales and recording food practices of Syrian refugees, to studying gender dynamics in contemporary circular labor migration between Georgia and Turkey, this debate spotlights complex phenomena and intricate scholarly choices. It does so through the lenses of anthropology, historiography, spatial analysis, and urban and heritage studies.
Moderator: Susan Rottmann, Özyeğin University
Shirine Hamadeh, Koç University
Marianne Boqvist, Folke Bernadotte Academy
Pinar Ensari, Koç University