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IMAGES (V) – Images of (Cultural) Values

The Conference Proceedings

Edited By Veronika Bernard

This collection of articles offers readers a cross-section of current research on contemporary and historical concepts and representations of (cultural) values as documented in popular culture, public space, the arts, works of literature and in ethnic contexts. The contributors to this volume are from the US, Algeria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Turkey, and Austria. Their very different cultural, ideological, scientific, academic and non-academic perspectives and backgrounds allow insights from many different viewpoints.
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Ömer Alkın (Düsseldorf/Germany) - Making Cultural Values Visible in Early Turkish-German Cinema


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Ömer Alkın

Making Cultural Values Visible in Early Turkish-German Cinema

Abstract Using a transnational cinema studies perspective, the following article analyses the visual construction of cultural values in two different fields of Turkish-German cinema: early Turkish emigration cinema (1970s) and early Turkish-German cinema (1970s–1990s).

Der folgende Artikel analysiert die visuelle Konstruktion kultureller Werte in zwei unterschiedlichen Bereichen des türkisch-deutschen Films: des frühen türkischen Emigrationskinos der 1970er Jahre und des frühen türkisch-deutschen Kinos der 1970er bis 1990er Jahre. Die Analyse folgt dem Transnational Cinema Ansatz.

1 Turkish–German Cinema: The Need for an Anti-Eurocentric Perspective

After being defeated in World War II Germany was in need of workers. Therefore, Germany called for Turkish labour migrants in the context of a recruitment agreement. Most of these Gastarbeiter (guest workers) came from rural areas where their working possibilities were dissolving; among others, due to the industrial developments. A larger part of the Turkish Gastarbeiter did not return to Turkey, but instead brought their families to Germany. More than two million people with a heterogonous Turkish migration background (Kurds, Alevis) live in Germany now; and a fourth generation is growing up. A very broad definition of Turkish-German cinema refers to this sociohistorical founding of a Turkish-German diaspora: every film dealing with its issues or being made by a Turkish-German director is considered to be such (cf. Alkin 2015a).

However, a discourse about...

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