IR Professor delivers a talk in Tel AvivUpon invitation from Moshe Dayan Centerâ€™s Turkish Studies Programme, Dr
Selver Sahin delivered a talk on the occasion of the centenary of the
Gallipoli Campaign at Tel Aviv University on 12 April 2015. The event was
attended by academics, researchers and members of the community.
Drawing upon her own multi-cultural experience in Turkey, New Zealand and
Australia, Dr Sahin presented how Gallipoli occupies a significant place
in the national memories of the peoples of the three countries. She also
demonstrated that while the Gallipoli campaign is remembered by many
Australians and New Zealanders as a disaster from a military point of
view, the encounter on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915, at the same time,
generated a unique emotional bond and spirit of friendship among the
peoples of Turkey, Australia and New Zealand over time, despite
considerable geographical distance. Dr Sahin concluded her talk by
reiterating the collaboration and partnership initiatives that may be
developed in the future in various areas by the people of Turkey, New
Zealand and Australia based upon the legacy of the Gallipoli encounter.