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The Mosque and the Arcade: Academy and Nationhood in the Cold War Middle East

Burak Erdim is an Assistant Professor of Architectural History at North Carolina State University where he teaches lecture and seminar courses on the history of modern architecture and urbanism exploring space production in relation to the economic and political processes of colonialism, decolonization, nationalism, neo-colonialism, and globalization. His research examines the operations of transnational planning cultures during the post World War II period and the reconceptualization of the disciplines of architecture and community planning as one of the central components of social and economic reconstruction projects during the Cold War. His current work focuses on the establishment and planning of the Middle East Technical University (METU), which was initially founded as a School of Architecture and Community Planning in Ankara, Turkey, in 1956. METU’s conceptualization as an academic institution and a land development model stands out among its contemporaries as the product of a full range of agents and agencies operating during this period. Erdim contributes regularly to publications and symposia on transnational modernisms. One of his recent essays on METU was featured in, Mid-Century Modernism in Turkey: Architecture across Cultures in the 1950s and 1960s, edited by Meltem Ö. Gürel (Routledge, 2015). He received his Ph.D. in December 2012 in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Virginia where he also completed his Master’s degree in Architecture.

May 01, 2017: 4:00 pm

“No Place to Raise A Daughter”: My Life and Work in the Middle East—A Woman’s Perspective

Martha Myers has lived and worked in the Middle East for the better part of the last four decades. Although she has worked in Oman, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt, most of her focus has been on Palestine and, since 2011, Syria. While her interests have evolved over the years, she has an enduring interest in the question of justice and governance at all levels in the region.

May 12, 2017: 5:00 pm