This article focuses on the state confiscation of the Surp Hagop Armenian cemetery as more than just another fact about the famous 2013 protests in Gezi Park in Istanbul. In addition to coming to terms with the limits of the Gezi uprising in relation to its claims of inclusiveness, such a focus unravels the key tension between, on the one hand, progressive and left-wing calls to promote the allegedly equal, universal citizen in Turkey through protest movements and, on the other hand, the differential property regime on which the Turkish nation-state is founded, the denial of which continues to erode the possibility of equal citizenship. The article demonstrates how the systematic confiscation of Armenian property is normalized in everyday discourse and politics in Turkey in the service of the broader legal governance of minority difference.
Property, Dispossession, and Citizenship in Turkey; Or, the History of the Gezi Uprising Starts in the Surp Hagop Armenian Cemetery
Ayşe Parla is an associate professor of anthropology at Sabancı University and a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, for 2016–2017, where she will be completing her book manuscript, titled “Anxious Hope: Bulgarian-Turkish Labor Migrants, Ethnic Privilege, and Everyday Law.”
Ceren Özgül is a recipient of Wenner-Gren’s Hunt Fellowship and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, where she is revising her book manuscript “The Return: Armenian Conversions, Secularism, and Law in Turkey” for publication.
Ayşe Parla, Ceren Özgül; Property, Dispossession, and Citizenship in Turkey; Or, the History of the Gezi Uprising Starts in the Surp Hagop Armenian Cemetery. Public Culture 1 September 2016; 28 (3 (80)): 617–653. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-3511574
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