SUMMARY:Violence can be marked in many ways: Memorials to the heroic people, soldiers’ graffiti left on the walls of a city, and incriminating documents burned, among many other ways. What can be learned from critically engaging with these many forms of violence and their many traces? This panel draws on a variety of disciplinary perspectives and case studies from the recent history of Turkey to offer three provisional answers to that question. First, marking violence serves as a central practice through which some events - but not others - have been made exceptional. Examining what is violent (and where acts are marked as violent in the first place) helps us better understand how particular regimes come to be consolidated. Second, the marking of violence takes many forms, including architectural, archival, literary, artistic, and everyday urban experience, helping us understand that the power of violence is not simply in its site of enactment but in the many ways that it comes to circulate spatially and socially. Finally, attending to how violence is marked generates a new set of methodological, conceptual, and ethical questions about why and for whom the past is made. Tracing topographies of voices and their absences, asking whose stories get told from where and why, and thinking across multiple sites, events, and subjects, this panel thus seeks to place recent experiences of violence into new alignment. In the process we hope to use our analyses of contemporary Turkey as one entry into a broader conversation about the politics and practices of the past.
DISCIPLINES:Anthro; Arch; Geog; Hist; Socio