From Mosaic to Ebru: Conviviality in Multi-ethnic, Multi-faith Burgazadası, Istanbul

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  • Deniz Neriman Duru
This paper provides an understanding of changing diversity in Burgazadası within the post-Ottoman, homogenising context of Turkey. It critiques conceptualisations of ‘culture as difference’ within the multiculturalism discourse in Europe and of coexistence as the reduction of differences and identities to pre-existing categories of the Ottoman millet system. Instead, it presents post-Ottoman conviviality as a lived practice and grassroots representation of recognised and unrecognised diversities by contextualising the production of differences and changing discourses of pluralism. The article demonstrates that individuals belonging to different groups can come to share similar values based on longstanding attachment to place and everyday practices, thereby representing themselves, in this case, as ‘Burgazlı’.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSouth European Society and Politics
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)243-263
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2015

Bibliographical note

Deniz Neriman Duru (PhD University of Sussex, BA SOAS) is a postdoctoral researcher in the Media, Cognition and Communication Department at the University of Copenhagen. She has taught and undertaken several research projects on issues concerning diversity and conviviality in Turkey, on mobility and cross-border practices of Turkish migrants in the UK, Germany, Denmark, and Italy, and on conviviality and the use of social media among foreigners living in Denmark. She is currently working on multiculturalism, mobility, and conviviality in Europe within the euro-crisis context.

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - multiculturalism, conviviality, coexistence, minorities, Greek-Turkish relations, anthropology of Pluralism, Turkey, diversity

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