Orientalism: Uncovering the Opposite Gaze, 06.04.22
The Polonsky Salon
A conversation with Prof. Zeynep Çelik about her recent book Europe Knows Nothing about the Orient A Critical Discourse from the East (1872-1932) (Koç University Press, 2021)
A century before the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978), a passionate discourse emerged in the Ottoman Empire, rebutting politicized Western representations of the East. Ottoman and early Turkish Republican intellectuals, well acquainted with the European political and cultural scene and charged with their own ideological agendas, deconstructed tired clichés about “the Orient.” In her new book, Zeynep Çelik recontextualizes Eurocentric studies, unearthing an important episode in modern Middle Eastern intellectual history and curating a selection of primary texts illustrating the debates.
Zeynep Çelik is Sakip Sabanci Visiting Professor at Columbia University and distinguished professor emerita at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
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