From Dissensus to Conviviality: The New Cultural Politics of Difference in Turkey

  • Oliver Kontny Freie Universität Berlin
Keywords: Cultural Politics, Conviviality, Alterity, Dissensus, Turkey


Political developments in Turkey have sparked unprecedented international media attention after the failed coup d'état in July 2016. Coverage tends to focus on the draconic crackdown and restrictions that include academic work and cultural production. This article highlights articulations of dissensus from among the vivid community of cultural producers and takes a look at the uneasy relation between cultural politics, cultural policies and Kulturkampf. Drawing on work by Paul Gilroy, Homi Bhabha, Jacques Rancière and Cornel West, I attempt to discuss the theoretical dimensions of a new cultural politics of difference in Turkey that seeks to negotiate alterity and work towards a culture of conviviality in the face of ever-increasing adversities.

Author Biography

Oliver Kontny, Freie Universität Berlin

works as literary translator and conference interpreter for Turkish. In 2017, he is a research fellow at the Research Centre Interweaving Performance Cultures at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has a background in Turkic and Iranian Studies (FU Berlin) and has worked as dramaturge and author of stage plays and radio plays. He has published and lectured on issues of transculturalism and postmigrant cultural production in Germany and on contemporary Turkish literature.


How to Cite
Kontny, O. “From Dissensus to Conviviality: The New Cultural Politics of Difference in Turkey”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 7, Jan. 2017, pp. 51-63, doi:10.17192/meta.2017.7.6024.