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This year’s ANAMED (Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations) lasted for two days. The first day of the symposium started with the settlements in Aşıklı Höyük nearly 10,000 years ago. Moving through Çatalhöyük, 2nd and 1st millennia BCE, to Byzantium and nineteenth-century Ottoman periphery, the symposium ended with a talk on nineteenth-century Istanbul. So, it was a great experience, and I was thrilled to be talking about the marginal figures and marginal spaces of nineteenth-century Izmir.

Anamed, Istanbul

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I do not know how it started (actually, I do) but I keep reading French medical journals from late nineteenth century. Tomur, my cat, is helping with the medical terms. Right after this picture, he fell asleep.

image1.jpegNot being able to start reading without a cup of coffee in the morning sometimes terrifies me. Pages of books, which I value very much, are covered with coffee stains. Today, as I continue reading Joshua Schreier’s book The Merchants of Oran, I am extra careful not to spill anything since daydreaming about a Mediterranean port city on a rainy day is quite distracting.

Sunday, Istanbul