The Paternity Crisis and the Other Side of Turkish Modernity

My research project presents a unique perspective on the Turkish experience of modernity from the side of the discredited, disavowed and repressed, and thus contributes to a better understanding (and to a better identification of the failures) of the modernization in Turkey that predominated much of the twentieth century. It does this through an exploration of paternity crisis that hinges upon the traumatic inception of modernity. The killing of the father lies at the foundation of law which substitutes the abstract principles of equality, liberty, and fraternity for paternal/traditional authority—that resonates with the modern state born of the French Revolution.

Gozde Kilic
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. James Penney
Project Year: 
Partner University: 
Çankaya University, Etimesgut, Turkey