This event, the fourth of the “Meetings on Diversity and the Livable City” series co-organized by the NIT and the Netherlands Consulate General in Istanbul, will concentrate on the changing patterns of diversity that have characterized Beyoğlu/ Pera since the 19th century through contemporary times. It will address the varying experiences, social conflicts, and representations with regards to the socio-economic and cultural forms of diversity in the district, which has long been associated with “cosmopolitanism” within the cultural imagination of Turkish upper classes and the international academia.
17:00 – 17:10: Opening
17:10 – 17:40: K. Mehmet Kentel (Istanbul Research Institute)
“Days of cosmopolitan future past: Rethinking Pera’s 19th-century through material infrastructures”
17:40 – 18:10: Enno Maessen (University of Amsterdam)
“Beyoğlu’s continuities and discontinuities reconsidered in the period of 1950 – 1990”
18:10 – 18:30: Coffee break
18:30 – 19:00: Mine Eder (Boğaziçi University) and Özlem Öz (Boğaziçi University)
“Rethinking cosmopolitanism and spatial justice: Demands, cries and whispers from Istanbul’s Beyoğlu neighborhood”
19:00 – 19:30: Discussant remarks by Edhem Eldem (Boğaziçi University & Collège de France)
19:30 – 20:00: Discussion
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