Dienstag, 25. November 2014

Die Gezi Proteste - Geschichte, Gegenwart und Perspektiven

Die Veranstaltung geht über zwei Tage und findet am 8. und am 9. Dezember, je um 18:30 Uhr statt. Unser Referent, Jay, wird auf englisch referieren. Deswegen ist die Veranstaltungsbeschreibung ebenfalls auf englisch:


The 2013 protests in Turkey started in late May 2013, initially to contest the urban development plans to redevelop Istanbul-Gezi Park into a complex with a new mosque and shopping centre. However, the character of the protests changed quite substantially when the Turkish police attacked protesters with considerable violence, and what started as an environmental protest to save some 600 trees in Gezi Park quickly turned into a two week commune in the heart of the city and a nation-wide politicaldemonstration against Tayyip Erdogan and his government. Some of the hasty proclamations of a “Turkish Spring” concentrated on Prime Minister (of the time - currently, first elected president) Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly anti-democratic and authoritarian ruling style, and compare Erdogan’s rule with Mubarak’s. Some others in the media debated whether the Taksim-Gezi Park protests could be compared to the protests against neoliberalism, such as the 15M movements in Spain, the anti-government protests in Greece, the “occupy” protests in Europe and the Americas.

What do the protests really mean for Turkey? Is this a rebellion against the lack or the current understanding of democracy, voice, and representation? Is Erdogan’s government promoting a neoliberal agenda with harsh privatizations, urban ‘transformation’ and ‘development’ for the sake of profit for a small number of ultra-rich? Is this the reason why people were protesting? And finally, what do the protests in Turkey tell us about democracy and Islam? To provide convincing and clear answers to such questions is perhaps not possible yet as we may need more time to digest all the aspects and consequences of the events. However, one of the more positive effects of these events has been to stimulate much serious discussion about them, and thus about representation and democracy, the right to use urban commons, how public investments are allocated, the distinction between urban public goods and urban commons, and more importantly about the urbanization of capital.

This workshop, with documentaries, personal records, Q&A's, discussion and debates, aims to open a window to witness and if possible, to understand the spirit which was flowing down the streets of Istanbul and filling the Taksim square in the beginning of June 2013 as well as to comprehend the local and global dynamics paving the way to Gezi and the way Gezi paves for us in this rapidly shrinking world.


Zeit: 8./9. Dezember, 18:30 Uhr
Ort: N.N.

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