Hagop Mintzuri and the Cosmopolitan Memory of Istanbul

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dc.contributor.author RIEDLER, Florian
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-16T16:49:02Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-16T16:49:02Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.issn 1028-3625
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/10913
dc.description This paper was originally presented at the Ninth Mediterranean Research Meeting, Florence – Montecatini Terme, 12-15 March 2008, in workshop 14: ‘Everyday Cosmopolitanism: Living Together through Communal Divide’. en
dc.description.abstract This article explores notions of cosmopolitanism in the work of the Armenian-Turkish author Hagop Mintzuri (1886-1978). First of all, this theme is present in the author's autobiography describing his youth in late Ottoman Istanbul in the milieu of migrant workers. The autobiography shows the diversity in this milieu as well as the solidarity among the workers and craftsmen, which overarches religious and ethnic boundaries. The kind of cosmopolitanism Mintzuri is describing is itself a reproduction of the situation in the author's home region, Eastern Anatolia, the setting of most of the other stories that make up his work. In both contexts the description of cosmopolitan lifestyles and attitudes in late Ottoman times stand in stark contrast to the situation that the author lived through in republican Turkey. Only in recent times his work and vision has been re-discovered, a condition being its translation from the Armenian to modern Turkish. The article discusses the reasons for and the problems going along with this rediscovery. en
dc.description.sponsorship (Product of workshop No. 14 at the 9th MRM 2008).
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI RSCAS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2009/13 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Mediterranean Programme Series en
dc.subject Ottoman Empire en
dc.subject Istanbul en
dc.subject Eastern Anatolia en
dc.subject cosmopolitanism en
dc.subject migration en
dc.title Hagop Mintzuri and the Cosmopolitan Memory of Istanbul en
dc.type Working Paper en
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