Ilkim Büke Okyar and Konstantinos Travlos talk to Julia Secklehner about Greek and Turkish caricatures, a neglected resource for historians of identity and conflict in the decades around the Great War.
Caricatures and satirical magazines were a popular medium to circulate images of internal and external political opponents to a wider (and largely illiterate) population at the beginning of the twentieth century, especially during times of conflict. In this conversation, recorded on 31 March 2023, Ilkim and Konstantinos survey the wide gamut of Greek and Turkish magazines that circulated in the early 1920s, including publications such as Akbaba and Karagöz, and explain why soup-making, weddings and firemen provided recurring tropes.
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İlkim Büke Okyar is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Yeditepe University in Istanbul. Her book, Arabs in Turkish Political Cartoons, 1876-1950: National Self and Non-National Other is forthcoming with Syracuse University Press. Her research interests include nationalism and national identities in the Middle East, emphasizing the Levant. She is also interested in the political history of early republican Turkey.
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Konstantinos specialises in international relations and international conflict and is currently working on an EU-funded research project on the Greco-Ottoman and Greco-Turkish arms race. His most recent publication is “Caricaturing the enemy: caricatures and the Greek-Turkish War 1919-1922”, which appeared in the European Journal of Humour Research.
Episode 30 – In the Soup
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FEATURE IMAGE: SOUP TUREEN, SÈVRES MANUFACTORY C. 1758. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART 2004.361.5a, b