IRSS Continues with a Talk on the Tan MatbaasÄ± Incident (December 4, 1945)
This semesterâ€™s third IRSS seminar was delivered on 26 March 2015 by James Ryan (Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Researcher at Bilkentâ€™s IR Department). Mr. Ryanâ€™s intriguing paper was entitled â€śThe Anatomy of a Riot: Political Violence, the Birth of Multiparty Politics and the Destruction of Tan MatbaasÄ±, December 4, 1945.â€ť The seminar was organized in cooperation with the Department of Political Science, with Dr. Onur Ä°ĹźĂ§i (IR) serving as discussant and Dr. Ä°lker AytĂĽrk (POLS) acting as moderator.
In his presentation, James Ryan offered a multi-layered narrative of the Tan Incident â€“ one of the many hitherto overlooked chapters in early republican Turkish history. Mr. Ryanâ€™s interwoven account conjured up the voices of both perpetrators and victims (Sabiha and Zekeriya Sertel), unearthing substantial evidence regarding the anatomy of the riot and offering probable scenarios vis-Ă -vis the role of the state. As Ryan successfully highlights in his research, the Tan MatbaasÄ± incident occurred at a critical conjecture in Turkish history when the nascent republic was going through a simultaneous transition from neutrality to pro-Atlantic alliance in foreign affairs and from a single party regime to multi-party democracy in its domestic politics.