The Politics of Remembering Gallipoli: A Centenary Perspective
Sunday, November 15th
on the campus of the University of Richmond
100 years ago, forces of the Ottoman and British Empires pounded each other on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Hundreds of thousands of lives, and the careers of Winston Churchill and Ataturk were shaped by nine months the battle lasted. How is Gallipoli to be remembered in its centenary year? Two distinguished scholars will examine this question. Dr. Yucel Yanikdag is Associate Professor of History at the University of Richmond. He teaches courses on the Modern Middle East, nationalism, and women and gender in the Middle East. With a research specialty on the late Ottoman Empire, he is the author of Healing the Nation: Prisoners of War, Medicine, and Nationalism in Turkey, 1914-1939. He is currently working on a book which explores emotions, trauma, and memory in the Ottoman Great War. Dr. John L. Gordon, Jr., Professor of History and International Studies, Emeritus, joined the University of Richmond faculty in 1967. Specializing in the domestic and imperial history of modern Britain, he has developed and taught courses on Georgian Britain, Modern Britain, British Empire and Commonwealth, Modern Ireland, Canada, South Asia, The Victorians, Churchill, Britain and the World since 1800, and Imperialism and Post-imperialism, among others. He served as Chair of the Department of History from 1989 to 1998 and retired in June 2013 after forty-six years at the University.
This program is open to the public and is free.