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The History of Women’s Writing in Turkey: Samiha Ayverdi

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The History of Women’s Writing in Turkey: Samiha Ayverdi 

20 December 2013, İstanbul Şehir University, Altunizade, İstanbul

Recent decades have seen increasing scholarly interest in the role of women in the intellectual history of Turkey. One of the many significant outcomes of this research is that, alongside the focus on Ottoman Turkish women’s views as expressed in the women’s magazines of the 19th century, we have encountered diverse voices which express a variety of flourishing ethno- and religio-cultural influences. This conference seeks to discuss Samiha Ayverdi, one of the many voices in the history of women’s writing in Turkey....

Samiha Ayverdi, a prolific novelist and the founder of the Kubbealtı lodge in İstanbul, is an enigmatic figure for many other women writers. Publishing her first work in 1938, her unique voice represented a modern mystic woman’s views vis-à-vis the pervasive “daughters of the republic” at the time.

The conference organizers invite papers that address Samiha Ayverdi both as a novelist and a mystical thinker in the context of the literary history of other women writers and her influence on women’s writing. The paper submissions should include a one-page (300 words) abstract and a one-page resume (300 words.) Both Turkish and English papers are welcome.

Suggested topics:

1. Reading Samiha Ayverdi in the context of gender and mysticism,

2. Thematic and structural analyses of Samiha Ayverdi’s novels in comparison to her contemporaries,

3. Samiha Ayverdi’s role and influence on the history of women’s writing in Turkey,

4. Historicizing Samiha Ayverdi’s literary, political and religious thought and practice in her time and place.

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Submission deadline: September 30, 2013