In her book İlkay Yılmaz reconsiders the history of the Armenian and Macedonian questions, approaching both through the lens of mobility restrictions during the late Ottoman Empire from 1876 to 1908.
Yılmaz investigates how Ottoman security perceptions and travel regulations were linked to transnational security regimes battling against anarchism, and how they became critical to targeting groups like Armenians, Bulgarians, seasonal and foreign workers, and revolutionaries. Considering them as “internal threats” the regime created new categories of suspects benefiting from the concepts of vagrant, conspirator, and anarchist. Taking up these policies on surveillance, mobility, and control, Ottoman Passports offers a timely look at the origins of contemporary immigration debates and the historical development of discrimination, terrorism, and counterterrorism.
January 30th, 2024 6-7pm
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