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Excavating MemorySites of Remembering and Forgetting$
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Maria Theresia Starzmann and John R. Roby

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061603

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061603.001.0001

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Sites of Memory of the 1980 Military Coup in Turkey

Sites of Memory of the 1980 Military Coup in Turkey

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Excavating Memory

Derya Firat

University Press of Florida

The 1980 military coup is a milestone in Turkish history. While more than thirty years have passed since the event, a review of contemporary debates on the subject reveals an urgent need to confront the memories associated with Turkey's unspoken past. In order to meet this need, this chapter discusses the physical sites of memory that emerged with the military coup. It focuses on three sites associated with urban public protest: the street, Istanbul's Taksim Square, and Diyarbakır Prison. While the first operates at the scale of the whole Turkish society, the second concerns the Turkish Left, and the third is a site of memory for the Kurdish people. In approaching these three spaces, Fırat ventures into different topographies of memory, exploring in particular how Pierre Nora's 'sites of memory' and Maurice Halbwachs’ “collective memory” articulate with the Turkish case.

Keywords:   Military, Collective Memory, Sites of Memory, Prison, Turkey

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