Upcoming Online Talk for the Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Nâzım Hikmet Merkezi

Thursday, January 11, 2024

In case you're interested, I'll be giving an online talk about Nâzım Hikmet and my book Red Star over the Black Sea: Nâzım Hikmet and his Generation at an event organized by the Nâzım Hikmet Center at Bosphorus University. 

The event takes place on January 15, which is the 122nd anniversary of what is typically considered Nâzım Hikmet's birthday (in fact, it seems he was born toward the end of 1901). Online admission is free and the talk begins at 8 am, Montana time (10 am Eastern US, and 6 pm in Turkey). 

For more information, see below. 

From H-Net

On January 15 (8 am Montana-time, 10 am Eastern-time in the US, and 6 pm Turkish-time), James H. Meyer will be discussing Nâzım Hikmet on the occasion of the 122nd anniversary of the famed Turkish poet's birth. Meyer is the author of Red Star over the Black Sea: Nâzım Hikmet and his Generation (OUP, 2023), a new English-language biography that draws upon archives in Moscow, Istanbul, Amsterdam, and Washington, DC to provide a fresh take upon the life of one of Turkey's best known historical figures. 

A communist and poet born in the Ottoman Empire, Nâzım Hikmet (1902-1963) spent six years (1922-28) studying and working at Moscow's Communist University of the Toilers of the East (KUTV) before returning to a life of literary acclaim and political repression in Turkey. After spending more than fourteen years in Turkish prisons in the 1930s and 40s on trumped-up charges relating to his political beliefs, Nâzım Hikmet captured international headlines with his daring escape to the Eastern Bloc in 1951. 

Meyer's talk will discuss Nâzım Hikmet's life in the context of his border-crossing generation. Attendance is free, and can be accessed through the QR code on the attached announcement.  

Links regarding the event can be found here and here

More photos, commentary, and links can be found in the Borderlands Lounge.  

Also see: 

Children of Trans-Empire: New Article re Nazım Hikmet 

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