Archive for July, 2013

Here, I will try to summarise the reasons for archaeologists’ resistance in Turkey.

(Nedenler Türkçe olarak aşağıda sunulmaktadır. Hatalarımı düzelten arkadaşıma teşekkür ederim!)
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Over on Conflict Antiquities, I (briefly) consider whether Taksim Square and Gezi Park could be eligible for UNESCO World Heritage status as a site of struggle for human rights.

Turkish archaeology students and graduates with no future had already ‘rebelled [ayaklandı]’, and engaged in ‘coordinated professional resistance‘, before the occupation of Gezi Park. Some of those rebellious archaeologists became founding members of the occupation and chappullers in the streets and squares. So, here, I want to explore the nature and practice of cultural heritage workers’ resistance.

I briefly review the development of archaeologists’ struggle and solidarity through historic resistance. Then, in more detail, I consider radicalisation through the economics of archaeology; radicalisation through the politics of archaeology; and the archaeological elements of the Gezi Park Manifesto. Once I’ve done that, I explore the activity of archaeologists at Gezi Park; radicalisation through the experience of resistance; and the activity of archaeologists in the squares, in the streets and on the barricades.

Like the other posts, this is too long to read; but it collates and translates a lot of information; and I hope to write a summary this week, a Digger Declaration. [Why are archaeologists resisting in Turkey?]
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In the last post, I examined the political and business interests that prevent archaeological work. In this one, I want to show both (part of) the context and (one of) the product(s) of the consequent historical amnesia: the prevalence and impunity of ultranationalists, who make it dangerous for community members to perform anti-racist and anti-nationalist cultural heritage work, even within the relatively free and democratic spaces of the resisters’ occupations.
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Now, I’ll look at the politics of archaeological work in Taksim Square and Gezi Park. More specifically, I’ll look at the political causes of a lack of archaeological work, the deliberately and illegally created unemployment of archaeologists.
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I want to look at the (Türkiyeli) Turkish archaeology graduate with no future, from the great risk of an economic crisis in Turkey, through the radical nature of the archaeological profession internationally and especially in Turkey, to the apparent certainty of a financial crisis in archaeology, and the outburst of archaeological resistance.
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