Meltem Ahıska

Reflecting on the imperial complex: thinking through memory knots beyond national histories
Chair: Alice von Bieberstein (Humboldt University, Berlin)
21 September. 11:30 – 13:00. Register here.

In this lecture, I attempt to do a symptomatic reading of some current — and recurring — issues in Turkish politics in order to point to multiple temporalities and memory knots both within and beyond the national frame. By extending the scope of my previous analysis of Occidentalism in Turkey, I argue that imperiality and colonialism have ongoing effects on how the present time is experienced, producing structures of feeling that are mute yet trapping. I offer the concept of the 'imperial complex' to address the complexity of the issues at hand as well the operating psycho-social complexes of hegemonic national subjects. I hope that working through the imperial complex opens up new paths of remembering for a renewed political imagination.