International Conference : « Occupied Istanbul: Urban Politics, Culture and Society, 1918-1923 »

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Salt Galata / Boğaziçi University / Online

Date and time

Thursday 30 June 2022
13:30 – 18:00 (London BST)
15:30 – 20:00 (Ankara UTC+3)

Event Summary

On the morning of 16 March 1920, British military forces, which had been present in Istanbul alongside wartime allies France, Italy and Greece since November 1918, conducted a series of arrests of high profile former and serving Ottoman officials and officers, took control of multiple government ministries, and declared martial law. It was not until 6 October 1923 that Allied forces departed the city. The centenaries of the official occupation of Istanbul and its evacuation present a useful moment in which to promote a more comprehensive study of the politics, culture, and society of the period. Despite the wealth of relevant multi-national archival holdings available, the occupation has been largely ignored in public memory and academic writing in the former occupying powers and is often marginalised in the Anatolia-focused history of the War of Independence in Turkey. The conference, a partnership between the American Research Institute in Turkey, Boğaziçi University Department of History, the British Institute At Ankara, Institut Français des Etudes Anatoliennes, and Salt Research, brings together many of the scholars who have worked to fill this historiographical hole in recent years, and will provide an opportunity to discuss how occupation impacted issues as diverse as politics, policing, music, archaeology, commerce, fashion, the press, labour, infrastructure, justice, and housing.

The conference will take place over three days. Below you will find a schedule and zoom link for each day. Anyone wishing to attend days 1 or 2 in person should send a confirmation email including their full name and workplace or institutional affiliation to

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