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Lecture: German-Turkish Translations in Modern Residential Cultures

Event Start DateWednesday, May 6, 2009
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & JusticeTheater
Event Start Time4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CostCost: Free

Esra Akcan, Ph.D., will present a theory of translation for visual arts and architecture, which comes to terms with the intertwined histories of modernity, and more particularly, the history of German-Turkish exchanges in residential architecture. By tracing the geographical circulation of the idea of a modern house and its transformation in new locations, she argues that translation is a contested contact zone, where geopolitical tensions and psychological anxieties are exposed, and one where the possibility of a cosmopolitan ethics emerges or gets foreclosed.

Dr. Akcan is assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute. She is the author of (Land)Fill Istanbul: Twelve Scenarios for a Global City, and numerous scholarly essays in New German Critique, Journal of Architecture, Perspecta, AD, Architectural Theory Review, Centropa. She is currently finishing her book Modernity in Translation, and co-writing a book on modern and contemporary architecture in Turkey.

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