Live Narratives and Gender: Voices of Women in the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean

28.04.-09.06.2021, Vortragsreihe, online

This lecture series of the OI Istanbul focuses on life narratives as gendered historical or literary texts in the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean. Autobiographical writings take multiple shapes and forms. In the most straightforward sense, autobiography means self-narration, the act of writing one’s life. While often done so in a diary, memoir, or letter, life narratives come in a great number of other literary forms of expression that are not conventionally recognized as autobiography, including novels, poems, or even epitaphs. In studying how lived experiences are translated into written form, it has been argued by Philippe Lejeune (The Autobiographical Pact), that what is needed —and sufficient— for a text to be autobiographical is the unity of author, narrator, and the character who is being talked about.

  • Leigh Gilmore (Ohio State University)  Autobiographics: Gender, Life Narrative, and Self-Representation April 28, 2021, 20.00 - 21.00 (Turkish Time, GMT+3)
  • Paulina Dominik (Freie Universität Berlin) Echo of the Journey and Adventures of My Life: Salomea Pilsztynowa –  the Peripatetic Polish Ophthalmologist in the 18th Century Ottoman Empire –  and Her Unusual Memoir (1760) May 5, 2021, 20.00 - 21.00 (Turkish Time, GMT+3)
  • Efthymia Kanner (University of Athens) Self-Narratives, Gendered Middle Class Subjectivities, and Feminism(s) In the “Orient” From the Last Quarter of the 19th Century to the Interwar Period May 26, 2021, 20.00 - 21.00 (Turkish Time, GMT+3)
  • Nova Robinson (Seattle University) Recording Feminist History: Anbara Salam Khalidi’s Memoir June 2, 2021, 20.00 - 21.00 (Turkish Time, GMT+3)
  • Julia Phillips Cohen (Vanderbilt University) In Search of Late Ottoman Sephardi Women’s Lives June 9, 2021, 20.00 - 21:00 (Turkish Time, GMT+3)

For further information find the program here.