Professor Azade Seyhan presents a talk titled "Saved by Translation: German Scholarship in Turkish Exile (1933-1945)."
This is the story of a unique cultural encounter between professors exiled from Hitler's Germany and Turkish universities that offered them refuge and intellectual community. This neglected chapter of exile history provides a framework for questions of cultural and intellectual exchange between radically different worlds; the survival of knowledge in and as translation; and the critique of German modernity from a site beyond the frontiers of the Western world.
Seyhan is the Fairbank professor in the humanities, professor of German and comparative literature and adjunct professor of philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. She is the author of "Representation and Its Discontents: The Critical Legacy of German Romanticism," "Writing Outside the Nation" and "Tales of Crossed Destinies: The Modern Turkish Novel in a Comparative Context."