The Modernization of Turkey
in the 1930-1950s and 1950-1970s

Salt Galata

November 24, 2012 11.00 – 17.00

"Yeni Adam", 19.09.1935, Issue: 090                                                                                                                                                                                                                             "Yeni Adam", 19.09.1935, Sayi: 090
"Yeni Adam", 19.09.1935, Issue: 090

SALT Galata, Auditorium

SALT is organizing a conference entitled “The Modernization of Turkey in the 1930-1950s and 1950-1970s” within the context of the exhibition İstanbul Eindhoven-SALTVanAbbe: Modern Times. The conference will trace pursuits of modernization in art, education and architecture in Turkey by Ahu Antmen, Ali Cengizkan, Semra Germaner and Güven Arif Sargın alongside the curator of the exhibition, Zeynep Yasa Yaman.

The conference will be held in Turkish.


11.00-11.15 Vasıf Kortun (Opening Remarks)
11.15-11.45 Zeynep Yasa Yaman

11.45-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-12.30 Ahu Antmen
12.30-13.00 Semra Germaner


13.15-14.45 Lunch Break

14.45-15.15 Ali Cengizkan
15.15-15.45 Güven Arif Sargın


16.00-16.15 Coffee Break

16.15-17.00 Discussion: “Beyond the Complaintive Otherness”
Moderator: Vasıf Kortun
Zeynep Yasa Yaman conducts research, contributes to publications, writes articles and criticism on modern/post-modern art, as well as the modernization process of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic. She teaches at Hacettepe University, Faculty of Literature, Department of Art History.

Ahu Antmen teaches at the Fine Arts Department of Marmara University. Recent publications she has contributed to include Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey (2010) and Beyond Imagined Uniqueness: Nationalisms in Contemporary Perspectives (2010).

Semra Germaner is a professor at the Art History Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Germaner specializes in Ottoman and Turkish art as well as orientalist painting.

Ali Cengizkan is an architect and poet. Cengizkan is also the Dean of the Architecture School in METU; his research focuses on architectural design education, history of housing, urban history and he is widely published in these areas.

Güven Arif Sargın is Professor of Architecture at the Department of Architecture, METU. He was the recipient of the METU Academic Excellence Award (2000 to 2011) and METU Mustafa Parlar Foundation Academic Excellency Award (2004). His research on the environmental history of Turkish Modernism is expected to be published in 2013.