Category: Infrastructures and Society in (Post-)Ottoman Geographies

“Infrastructures and Society in (Post-)Ottoman Geographies” aims to discuss and investigate the contradictory aspects of infrastructures. This interdisciplinary discussion questions infrastructures as tools that give shape to daily life not only with positive effects but also with complex connections to inequality, discrimination, and violence. In this series, soft and/or informal infrastructures are also part of the discussion. These include institutions and policies of the government, surveillance, health, education, financial, and legal systems, or cultural and alternative institutions and networks. The dynamic relationship between infrastructures in the (Post-)Ottoman context with their spatial and temporal aspects also will be examined.

Ambitious yet Ambivalent: Electrical Infrastructure and Inequality in Early Republican Turkey

By Nurçin İleri. The year 1933 was particularly significant in the history of Turkey. Following a long preparation process, the tenth-year anniversary of the Republic, which ran day and night on 29 October, was held more gloriously than those in previous years, serving as a model for the future.

Infrastructures and Society in (Post-)Ottoman Geographies: Call for Contributions to the Series

We invite contributions to discuss and investigate how infrastructures shape and affect power relations and daily life; how they produce or organize inequalities, discrimination, or differentiated access to public goods and services; and how they may become part of state violence, or resistance, in Ottoman and post-Ottoman geographies.

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