Colloque - Arguing with numbers Quantification and its socio-political implications in contemporary Turkey

28/09/2023 - 29/09/2023
Colloque - Arguing with numbers Quantification and its socio-political implications in contemporary Turkey



Interventions en anglais

En hybride

Organisé en partenariat avec l'IISMM et le CETOBAC

This colloquium invites young researchers at all levels (master, doctorate, post-doctorate) to share original research about the uses of numbers and their socio-political implications in the Turkish context, past and present. Numeric arguments are omnipresent in political discourse. As the time for Turkey’s presidential election approaches in the aftermath of the seismic crisis, this observation may become even more relevant. Figures and estimates on key ballot issues are generated, disseminated, and interpreted by a complex body of interconnected actors: pollsters, scholars, think-tank members, political party advocates, and so forth. Inflation, for instance, is a daily topic in mainstream newspapers. The ‘true’ numbers of inflation are calculated by economists and then shared by journalists in the public arena where they become the subject of heated controversies in board-rooms, coffee shops, and at dinner-tables. Competitive statistical narratives also circulate as executives and ordinary people seek to make sense of current trends and likely future scenarios. As some narratives win out over others, certain public institutions have been brought into disrepute; whereas, conversely, private expertise companies have acquired new levels of credibility and trust.

By organizing this colloquium, we wish to build a springboard for importing and discussing the numerous studies dealing with the social history of statistics (see Anderson 1988, Desrosières 2010 [1993], 2008a; Didier 2000; Wuthnow 2015; Labbé 2019), the socio-political life of numbers in the public arena (see Schweyer 1991; Porter 2017 [1995]; Desrosières 2008b, 2014; Bruno, Didier & Prévieux 2014; Gasquet et al. 2021), and the renewal of quantitative methodologies and techniques in the academic field (see Bugeja-Bloch & Couto 2021) along with their impact on reframing theories (see Field 2019; Bréchon & Zwilling 2020) and shaping state policies (see Aldrin 2010). Research on quantification and the social life of numbers has been fruitful in many parts of the world but has not yet been well established in Turkey. This event represents an effort to advance a scholarly conversation about the Turkish case, including the social history of ottoman and republican censuses (see Dündar 2001, 2005), statistics in relationto technopolitics and institutional reform (see Silverstein 2020), and the sociology of the public opinion and market research industry (see Abadan-Unat 1991).

This colloquium aspires to focus on a twofold research axis. On the one hand, we intend to dissect the chain of production of statistical artifacts that we are likely to encounter in our respective research areas. This focus entails a genealogical endeavor. To prevent the risk of anachronism or teleology, we encourage pragmatist approaches that examine each step of the quantification process as a practical and contingent accomplishment. Chronological patterns should therefore be embedded with grounded accounts of quantification as a social activity undertaken by specific actors (interviewers, pollsters, statisticians...), integrated into various institutional networks (companies, think-tank, NGOs, administrations...), on particular objects (public opinion, social attitudes, political trends...), by relying on evolving techniques (sampling, questionnaire design, data collection...), and requiring a handful of aptitudes (counting, calculating, estimating, predicting...).

On the other hand, we wish to study the social life of statistical artifacts, narratives, and arguments inasmuch as they provide inputs for engaging in public controversies. What kind of public issues catalyze or magnetize statistical disputes within fields as various as, for instance, state policy, administration of religious affairs, or social movements? And how discourse and collective action are framed and reframed regarding competitive figures on controversial issues such as inflation, immigration, work-related accidents, natural hazards, or feminicides?




Les inscriptions pour cet événement sont closes.


Workshop + Exhibition - Migrations, Art, and Identities: Two Migratory Experiences from the Russian Imperial Space to Constantinople / Istanbul, A Century Apart (1919-1921 and 2022).

02/10/2023 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Workshop + Exhibition - Migrations, Art, and Identities: Two Migratory Experiences from the Russian Imperial Space to Constantinople / Istanbul, A Century Apart (1919-1921 and 2022).

In English

In Hybrid



Ebru Esra Satıcı, Curator at Meşher. Alexis Gritchenko: A Refugee Artist in Istanbul (1919-1921).

Nikita Isakov, independent researcher. Russian Speakers of the Second Rome: How does “Russianness” or “Russian identity” get constructed outside of Russia?

Eva Rapoport, research associate at IFEA, member of the association Kovcheg. “/Imagine unimaginable”: employing an AI to tell the story of Russian anti-war emigration.



Natalia Pashkeeva, Research associate CERCEC (UMR 8083 EHESS/CNRS), Paris


Artistic representations, as reflections of society, can also bear witness to migratory experiences, as demonstrated by research in art history and artistic transfers conducted since the 1990s. On one hand, Michel Espagne and Mickaël Werner have highlighted the role of the artist as a “cultural mediator” and a significant actor in intercultural relations in their studies of transfers in the Franco-German space. On the other hand, scholars such as Susan Rubin Suleiman, Joseph Horowitz, Jean-Pierre Morel, Wolfgang Asholt, Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt, and Christine Gouzi have emphasized moments of rupture, tension, and resistance in the artistic creation processes, especially during forced migrations caused by wars, revolutions, political, ethnic, or religious persecutions, as well as economic crises. While literary creations may be directly and significantly affected by writers’ inability to write in their native language when they find themselves in a new artistic environment, the language of non-textual artistic works, as universal as it may appear, can also be influenced by the traumas associated with the migratory context. It can also become a tool for exploring or challenging complex and intimate issues related to identity constructions. 

In this regard, the meeting scheduled for October 2, 2023, at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies (Institut français d’études anatoliennes, IFEA) in Istanbul, Turkey, aims to address the aforementioned issues by examining two distinct migration experiences originating from the Russian imperial space and lived in Constantinople / Istanbul a century apart, within different historical contexts.

We will begin by discussing the experience of Alexis Gritchenko (1883-1977), an artiste who sought refuge in Constantinople (1919-1921). He had received his education in Chernihiv, Kyiv and Moscow. His decision to leave the former Russian Empire after the 1917 revolution was driven by the violence of the civil war. The choice of his city of refuge, then officially known as Constantinople, was influence by his desire to live and work in a city that ignited his imagination. After settling in France in 1922, Alexis Gritchenko, who referred to himself as « the Ukrainian wanderer,” took part in numerous art exhibitions, often simply identified as “Russian art.”

Next, we will address questions related to Russian identity in connection with the spontaneous departure of many Russian citizens from Russia following the Russian troops invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Once again, we will focus on the cases of those wo arrived in Istanbul, but this time in the spring and summer of 2022. How do these new, involuntary members of the Russian diaspora in Istanbul perceive their Russian identity? Their representations of the realities of war and their own national identity are at the heart of the work of a photographer and anthropologist who, along with her colleague, collected their testimonies and then visualized them using the artificial neural network Midjourney to generate images from textual descriptions. Eva Rapoport’s exhibition, “/Imagine Unimaginable,” which opens on Otober 2 at the IFEA, indeed represents a fusion between the work of human intelligence and so-called artificial intelligence. The convergence of these two “intelligences” in artistic representations raises crucial questions in our time concerning creativity, authenticity, speed, and ultimately the potential redefinition of artistic expression. This will provide us with the opportunity to discuss, during our exchanges, the friction points between technology and creativity and the philosophical, aesthetic, and ethical implications that arise from them.



La République de Turquie : Un siècle de changements et de continuités

04/10/2023 2:00 pm -6:00 pm
La République de Turquie : Un siècle de changements et de continuités

Interventions en français

En hybride

Organisé en partenariat avec IPLI Foundation et l'IRM - Université de Bordeaux
Lieu : Salle Goguel, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume - 75007 Paris et également via zoom

Ce colloque international est organisé dans le cadre du groupe de recherche Turquie 2023


Si vous souhaitez suivre la conférence via zoom, merci de vous inscrire avec le lien ci-dessous:

INSCRIPTIONS POUR ZOOM :https://sciencespo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lAPxjsUxR_mgwB16pki4fg

Si vous souhaitez suivre la conférence en présentiel, merci de vous inscrire avec le lien ci-dessous :


Mot de bienvenue :

Introduction du colloque :
Bayram BALCI, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS
Nicolas MONCEAU, Université de Bordeaux, IRM

Intervenants :
Samim AKGÖNÜL, Université de Strasbourg - « Les transformations des courants politiques dans la Turquie républicaine : des clivages politiques aux clivages identitaires »

Deniz AKAGUL, Université de Lille - « L’économie turque depuis l’avènement de la République : quel bilan ? »

Bayram BALCI, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS - « Les grandes tendances de l’évolution de la question religieuse en politique intérieure et extérieure de 1923 à 2023 »

Jana JABBOUR, Sciences Po - « La politique étrangère turque sous la République : de l’alignement sur les grandes puissances à la diplomatie de puissance émergente »

Adnan ÇELIK, CETOBAC, EHESS - « La question kurde et la République : entre le 'pacte d'islam' et le 'pacte de turcité' »

Conclusion :

Responsables scientifiques du colloque : Bayram BALCI (Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS), Nicolas MONCEAU (Université de Bordeaux, IRM)



EXPOSITION: Ankara : Artisans dans la ville en mutation

05/10/2023 9:00 am - 26/11/2023 5:00 pm
EXPOSITION: Ankara : Artisans dans la ville en mutation

Entrée gratuite

Organisée en collaboration avec l'institut français Ankara


100 ans après sa proclamation comme capitale de la jeune République de Turquie, Ankara est devenue une immense métropole de près de 6 millions d’habitants alors qu’elle n’en comptait que 27 000 en 1923. Partie de la citadelle et des quartiers qui l’entourent, la ville s’est agrandie et des quartiers modernes ont émergé. Le premier gratte-ciel de la Turquie a ainsi été construit à Ankara. Tout au long des années 2000, des centres commerciaux pour tous les goûts et pour tous les moyens se sont multiplié en ville. Les habitudes, les fréquentations, les métiers et le rythme de la vie quotidienne se sont transformés et ont évolué.

En avril 2023, nous avons étudié ces évolutions dans le cadre de la conférence « Being or Becoming a Capital in 100 Years : Ankara » dans le cadre du programme de recherche international SPACEPOL coordonné par l’Institut français des études anatoliennes. Cette exposition en est une suite, photographique et incarnée.

La vie commerciale et artisanale n’est plus ce qu’elle était au début du siècle. Des métiers phares ont disparu, d’autres résistent et certains restent cantonnés au quartier historique qui, lui aussi, tente de perdurer face à l’urbanisation et à la transformation urbaine rapides.

Les portraits et le travail quotidien des artisans photographiés sont nés de la volonté de fournir un éventail des séquences de la vie quotidienne à Ankara. Ankara n’est pas seulement la capitale de la République turque, elle est aussi la somme des expériences vécues par ses habitants. Avec cette exposition, nous voulions rendre hommage à une partie d’entre eux, peu visibles mais indispensables à la vie quotidienne : bienvenues chez les artisans d’Ankara !

Les artistes :

Commissaire : Prof.Dr. Gülçin ERDİ

Photographe : Vincent DELCOURT


Pour plus d'informations : https://www.ifturquie.org/fr/etkinlik/sergi-ankara-degismekte-olan-kentte-esnaflar/



Conférences - Revolutions beyond "the West": Connections and Comparative Perspectives

06/10/2023 9:30 am - 07/10/2023 4:30 pm
Conférences - Revolutions beyond "the West": Connections and Comparative Perspectives

Interventions en anglais
En présentiel

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  • Lieu: Metro Han
  • Adresse: Şahkulu, Çukur, Erkanı Harp Sk. No: 2, 34421 Beyoğlu

Ces deux journées de conférences sont co-organisées avec le Tarih Vakfı.

Organisée par Y. Doğan Çetinkaya, Şeyma Afacan, Philippe Bourmaud, İsmet Akça et coordonnée par Y. Doğan Çetinkaya, Şeyma Afacan, Philippe Bourmaud, la conférence "Revolutions Beyond the "West" : Connexions historiques et perspectives comparatives" se tiendra les 6 et 7 octobre à Taksim, Metro Han, dans le cadre des célébrations du 100e anniversaire de la République turque.

*Il n'y aura pas de traduction simultanée pendant l'événement et ne pourra être accueilli qu'un nombre limité de participants.





Atelier doctoral - Un mouvement radical de femmes et féministe entre auto-organisation et action protestataire : agir et mobiliser face aux violences patriarcales en Turquie

19/10/2023 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Atelier doctoral - Un mouvement radical de femmes et féministe entre auto-organisation et action protestataire : agir et mobiliser face aux violences patriarcales en Turquie

Atelier réservé aux chercheurs et chercheurs associés de l'IFEA

Eva Bernard présentera sa thèse intitulée: "Un mouvement radical de femmes et féministe entre auto-organisation et action protestataire : agir et mobiliser face aux violences patriarcales en Turquie".



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