Veranstaltungen – Vortrag

Security, Dispossession and Industrial Food Production in Turkey

Lecture by Sezai Ozan Zeybek (Bilgi University Istanbul) organised by the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in context of their annual theme: Rethinking Urban-Rural Relations in an Age of Migration, Displacement, Environmental Transformations and Fringe Urbanization.

  • Zeitraum: 22.05.2017 – 22.05.2017
  • Institution: Zentrum Moderner Orient
  • Ort: Berlin / Deutschland
  • Kontakt: Dr. Nora Lafi, Phone: (+49) (0) 30 80307- 0
    • The successive waves of de-ruralisation have had a massive impact on both the rural and urban settings in Turkey. Austerity policies imposed on agriculture, transfer of commonly held pastures to mining companies in the name of “public benefit” and the forced internal displacement of over one million (mostly Kurdish) villagers by the state in the 1990s for “security reasons” have massively accelerated the process.

      In this talk, Sezai Ozan Zeybek will disentangle the ways in which markets, states and supranational institutions intervene in ecological networks and production regimes in order to increase and accelerate capital accumulation, particularly in conflict zones. For this purpose, he focuses on changing human-cattle relations in the Kurdish region of Turkey as a means of exploring and comparing social transformations starting from the 1990s up to the present in the nexus of

      • A) a new set of financial tools introduced by IMF & the World Bank and
      • B) the security concerns of the Turkish state.

      Through the exercise of selective military violence and financial tools, such transformation endorsed the replacement of “inefficient” species of cattle for more productive animal breeds and by means of that, villagers for entrepreneurs.

      With the analysis of these transformations he will offer a re-evaluation of three critical concepts: space, power and market.

      Sezai Ozan Zeybek

      is a geographer at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. His research interests cluster around postcolonial studies, security and place-making practices with an emphasis on more-than-human collectives. Currently he is a visiting fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient.


      Conference Hall
      Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
      Kirchweg 33
      14129 Berlin-Nikolassee

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