This research centers on the shifts in Turkish foreign cultural policy in view of the multiple crises that Turkey and Europe are currently facing. The project asks what kind of potentials and challenges cultural diplomacy holds in the currently strained relationships between Turkey and the EU in general and Turkey and Germany in particular.
Banu Karaca received her PhD from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Her manuscript “Decivilizing Art: Cultural Policy and Nationalism in Turkey and Germany” examines the entrenchment of art in state violence based on extensive research in the art worlds of Istanbul and Berlin. Some of her recent publications interrogate the politics of intercultural exchange programs in the EU, freedom of expression in the arts, the visualization of gendered memories of war and political violence, and visual literacy.