Turkey and Islam in France and Europe: Migrant cultural memory on screen and page

Turkey and Islam in France and Europe: Migrant cultural memory on screen and page
11 March 2017, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Dr Matthew Mild, 

Jocelyn Wright, Texas (Austin)

Nedim Gursel, 

Joseph Downing, London School of Economics

Howard Bowman, Birmingham

The workshop will start by focusing on a recent film about arranged marriages in Turkey written by a Turkish-French film director. Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s 2015 film Mustang won the César awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Original Music, and Best First Feature Film. The film raises the issues of women’s rights, faith, cinema, family, cultural identity, and migration in France and Turkey. Other films by Turkish-German and Turkish-Italian film directors will be introduced, as well as migrant literature from France, Italy, and Germany. The multiple award-winning Turkish-French novelist Nedim Gursel will speak on medieval perceptions of the prophet Mohammed. A screening of Mustang and a debate will follow in the afternoon.


11:00 Registration

Matthew Mild (IMLR/London): “Turkish Bluebeard: From ‘Mustang’ to Euromosques” 
Jocelyn Wright (Texas [Austin]): “Polyphonic (Dis)integration: Muslims in French Banlieue Culture”

12:00 Nedim Gursel, Guest Speaker, Paris: “The Construction of the Prophet of Islam in Medieval Europe” (consecutive interpreting from French by Dr Mild)

13:00 Lunch (own arrangements)

Howard Bowman (Kent & Birmingham): “(Memory) Traces of Trauma - from the Liminal to the Lifelong”
Joseph Downing (London School of Economics): “Islamophobia in France”

15:10 Coffee/tea break

15:25 French & European Transcultural Memory
Matthew Mild (IMLR/London): “Migrant Cultural Memory in France and Europe”
Closing Remarks and Debate: “Ethnicity, Faith, and Family in Muslim Cultural Memory”

16:00 Film Screening: “Mustang” (Deniz Gamze Erguven, 2015)
17:35 Drinks Reception 


Free to attend. All welcome but advance registration is required.


Cathy Collins
020 7862 8738