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Books Wanted for the MAD* Library!

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We founded the Center for Spatial Justice Beyond Istanbul (Mekanda Adalet Derneği in Turkish) with the intention of living in fairer,  more democratic, ecological urban and rural spaces; to produce work in a trans-disciplinary environment; to gather, accumulate and share knowledge that is innovative, qualified and public. With that in mind,  we are currently building a “Spatial Studies Library” in our center in Istanbul.

We will hand pick source books for MAD Library that are suggested from researchers, academics, writers, artists and activists who work on the issues of space & justice.

We will also attach notes as to why the person thinks this specific book is important. If you could fill in the below suggestion form for works which you think “this book should be in the MAD Library” alongside your note, we can start building our library together.

Thank you!

*MAD: Turkish abbreviation for the Center for Spatial Justice Beyond Istanbul

MAD Kütüphane Kitaplarını Arıyor!

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İstanbul ve ötesinde; daha adil, demokratik, ekolojik kent ve kırsal mekanlarda yaşama hedefiyle; disiplinler-arası çalışmalar yapmak; yenilikçi, nitelikli ve kamusal bilgi üretmek, biriktirmek ve paylaşmak için Mekanda Adalet Derneği’ni (MAD) kurduk.

Şimdi, Karaköy’deki merkezimizde bir “Mekan Çalışmaları Kütüphanesi” oluşturuyoruz. MAD Kütüphane için öncelikle mekan üzerine üreten araştırmacı, akademisyen, pratisyen, yazar, sanatçı ve aktivistlerin önerileri doğrultusunda özenle seçilmiş kaynakları tedarik edeceğiz. Önerilen kitapların içerisine öneren kişinin ismiyle birlikte bu kitabı neden önerdiğine dair bilgi veren kısa notlarını içeren kartlar iliştireceğiz.

“MAD Kütüphane’de mutlaka yer almalı” dediğiniz kitapları ve bilgi notunuzu aşağıda yer alan kitap öneri formumuza yazarsanız, kütüphanemizi birlikte oluşturmaya başlayabiliriz. Teşekkürler!

 

MAD ilk Genel Kurul’unu topluyor!

Mekanda Adalet Derneği, 10 Aralık 2016 Cumartesi saat 17:00 – 20:00 arası, Karaköy’de bulunan Dernek merkezinde üyelerinin salt çoğunluğunun katılması şartıyla ilk genel kurulunu gerçekleştirecek.

Tüm üyelerimizi Genel Kurul’a katılmaya davet ediyoruz!

MAD Geçici Yönetim Kurulu

MEKANDA ADALET DERNEĞİ 1.OLAĞAN GENEL KURULU

YER: Dernek Merkezi

Tarih: 10.12.2016

GÜNDEM

  1. Açılış
  2. Genel Kurulu yönetmek için Divan Başkanı ve Divan Başkan Yardımcısı ile 2 sekreter seçimi
  3. Divan Kuruluna Genel Kurul toplantı tutanağını imzalama yetkisinin verilmesi
  4. Geçici Yönetim Kurulu Raporlarının sunulması
  5. Raporlar hakkında görüşmeler
  6. Yeni yıl 2017 için tahmini bütçenin kabulü
  7. Yıllık aidatlar hakkında tekliflerin görüşülüp karara bağlanması
  8. Seçimler
  9. Dilekler ve kapanış

GUESTHOUSE

On 19.11.2016, most of the inmates escaped from the Kumkapı Detention and Removal Center after a fire broke out. The bad living conditions had been reported repeatedly. Guesthouse (2015) by Merve Bedir from Beyond Istanbul and Alican İnal visualizes existing news and documents about this detention center by sketches and drawings, and models the building through witnesses experiences, which eventually reveal the anatomy of the building.

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Merve Bedir, Alican İnal, 2015

“Kumkapı is a touristic neighbourhood of Istanbul. There is a hotel, a fish restaurant and a guesthouse. If you go down the street, you see drug dealers, illegal traders. It’s a strange place, Kumkapı. There are Africans, Syrians, Central Asians. A church, a mosque. They say don’t go to Zeytinburnu, Tarlabaşı, Kumkapı in Istanbul. A weird place here.”

Turkish Department of Security, Kumkapı Foreigners Guesthouse was opened on 3 April 2007, at Muhsine Hatun, Çifte Gelinler Street no. 29, Kumkapı, Istanbul. The building is 2nd degree historical heritage, converted from a former court building and located on the same street with Armenian Patriarchate.

The guesthouse’s garden includes police cars and children’s slides. This garden and all the rest about the guesthouse are separated from the outside World by a high wall. This wall is the only visible element of the building to the outsider. More about the inside, the illnesses, deaths and human rights violations can be read in newspapers and reports, once in a while.

In 2010, with pressure from the European Human Rights Court, the ‘facility’ was renamed as Kumkapı Detention and Removal Center.

Guesthouse visualizes existing news and documents about this detention center by sketches and drawings, and models the building through witnesses experiences, which eventually reveal the anatomy of the building.

Good news: BI is among the host organisations!

Hrant Dink Foundation announced the selected fellows of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme in its second cycle. Beyond Istanbul is awarded to be one of the host organisation to receive a fellow from Armenia: 

Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme was established by the Hrant Dink Foundation in 2014 with a view to encourage cross-border affiliation and cooperation of professionals from the two neighbouring countries, within the framework of the programme Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process financed by the European Union. The scheme particularly aims to enable cross-border learning opportunities in areas where exchange of expertise and lasting cooperation is much needed, such as academia, civil society, media, culture and arts, law and translation.

During its first cycle in 2014-2015, out of 91 applicants, the Fellowship Scheme had supported 12 fellows from Armenia and 6 fellows from Turkey for their activities in Istanbul, Yerevan and Gyumri. Please click here to read more about the experience and achievements of the fellows and their host organisations.

In 2016-2017, the Fellowship Scheme has launched a new call to offer professionals from Armenia and Turkey the opportunity to live in the neighbouring country and follow a special programme at a specific Host Organisation for the time period of four to eight months.

In the second cycle of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme, 50 organisations from Turkey, 33 from Armenia offered fellowship opportunities for candidates from the neighbouring country. These fellowship programmes were announced in an open call in July 2016, and received a total of 32 applications, 4 from Turkey and 28 from Armenia.

As stated in the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme Regulation, with regard to the selection process, the applications have been forwarded to corresponding host organisations and to an independent selection committee. Fellows have been chosen in line with the selection criteria and priorities, outlined in the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme Regulation. As a result of this selection process, we are very pleased to announce that 11 professionals from both countries will carry out their fellowship activities in their neighbouring country in the period between November 2016 and June 2017.

LIST OF THE FELLOWS AND HOST ORGANISATIONS OF TURKEY-ARMENIA FELLOWSHIP SCHEME

Alisa Zurnachyan Kadir Has University, Center for International and European Studies (CIES)
Gayane Ayvazyan Istanbul Şehir University – Center for Modern Turkish Studies
Nareg Seferian Istanbul Policy Center
Arpenik Atabekyan Center for Spatial Justice – Beyond Istanbul
Armen Ohanyan Can Publishing
Artsrun Pivazyan Bogazici University – Peace Education, Application and Research Centre
Anahit Ghazaryan Kadir Has University Lifelong Education Center
Gretta Nikoghosyan Sabancı University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Mariya Yeghiazaryan Ret Film & Liman Film
Hasmik Tangyan BoMoVu – Association Sports and Body Movement for Social Empowerment Association
Duygu Bostancı Institute for Contemporary Art of Yerevan

During Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme, fellows’ personal experiences, impressions, stories will be shared with public through the website of the Beyond Borders Turkey-Armenia – http://www.armtr-beyondborders.org.

Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme Selection Committee
İbrahim Betil
Sema Kılıçer
Zara Lavchyan

Parks and Recreation 365

This book project focuses on 365 days of the Parks and Recreation Department of one district municipality (Basaksehir) via analysing the information shared at its official Twitter account. Basaksehir is one of 39 districts of Istanbul, located at the periphery of the city. The rapidly developing young district has urban, peri-urban and rural areas. Newly constructed public housing projects, gated communities, shopping malls co-exist with ecological conservation areas, mega projects as well as informally developed neighbourhoods. The urban development of the district allows us to understand the contemporary transformations of Istanbul.

The Department’s Twitter account is an astonishing source of information, both in terms of the archived labour of the municipal staff and the rich repertoire of spaces (private, public, landscapes) captured in the images shared. The Department’s hardworking employees perform various actions to maintain, repair, construct public spaces almost like Super Mario bros, however the public, to whom these spaces supposed to serve for, is almost entirely invisible in these images. This allows us wonderfully to focus on the spaces as abstract forms, and the actions of the workers as performances of the labour.

 

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Urban Political Ecology II

We had organised “Urban Political Ecology II” graduate summer school at Koç University on July 2016. The school, with its ‘On the Road’ concept, prioritised a field-based collective learning model – one in which participants learn through the field experience and from each other.

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This year, the school was coordinated by Yaşar Adanalı and the co-coordinator Sinan Erensü joined via Skype, as he had been finalising his PhD thesis, and Didem Pekün, joined our team to introduce documentary film-making and to supervise final projects of the participants.

Our first field trip was on “the Mad Projects of Istanbul and Their Mega Impacts”. We covered over 250 km in one day, stopping at various projects and meeting with different actors. Our second tour was at the Asian side of Istanbul, to Aydos Hill and Ataşehir Urban Development Site. We climbed up and down the highest point in Istanbul, stopped at one of the most interesting botanical gardens in the world right in the middle of a busy highway and visited the new rising gated communities of Ataşehir. The third trip was on “the spaces of migration”, on which we met with various members of Istanbul’s migrant communities and walked in the historical peninsula under their guidance. Our fourth tour was to the islands of Istanbul, to Heybeliada, to emphasize the multiple ways of urbanity and natures within the megapolis context. We organised our fifth tour to Piyalepaşa Bostan, one of the endangered urban agricultural gardens of Istanbul and to Hacıhüsrev, a historical neighbourhood threatened by an urban renewal projects. Our final tour was on gentrification of the downtown, where we walked different parts of Beyoglu and visited sale offices of new real-estate developments.

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We had great contributions from various experts, activists and academics with diverse backgrounds. Our network of lecturers and presenters have expanded even further with their participation:

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Following our summer school participant Cristal Ekşi won an award with her film that she made as part of her coursework last year, we decided to embed documentary film making to our course this year.

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