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Our guest in this episode is Elizabeth Nolte, Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Warwick in the Institute of Advanced Study and the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. We talked about her new research on children’s literature and educational publishing, in which she explores how the state is attempting to consolidate culture within state institutions such as the ministries of culture and education and also pro-government corporate holdings, and how this is being opposed by the publishing industry and the affiliated NGOs. Who is defining Turkish culture and cultural literacy for youth in Turkey? How do the practices of censorship today compare to the censorship of the previous periods such as the years following the 1980 coup d’état when most of the publishing houses were founded? How could should we understand the antagonistic existence of severe censorship alongside the simultaneous explosion of cultural production? Elizabeth Nolte's broader research focuses on literature and politics, censorship, and bureaucracy in modern Turkey and the post-Ottoman region. She recently completed a PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington and holds an MA from Columbia University. Her current project, “Fighting Words: Censorship and Literature in Contemporary Turkey,” investigates the antagonistic coexistence of censorship and literature and how cultural production draws on transnational writer-activist networks.

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