Sweet as an Almond: From Gliki to ‘Bademli’ Full Time and Part Time Citizenship

Erginsoy, Fatma Güliz (1998) Sweet as an Almond: From Gliki to ‘Bademli’ Full Time and Part Time Citizenship. In: International conference on the Exchange of Populations between Greece and Turkey: An Assessment of the Consequences of the Treaty of Lausanne. 17-20 September 1998 – University of Oxford Refugee Studies Center, 17-20 September 1998, Oxford, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item] (Unpublished)


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Place, memory and meaning as intangible and tangible heritages of culture; as “landscapes” and “cultural landscapes” has their own narratives and voices that one hears in the island. Both landscapes rely on each other as heritages, when it comes to understanding the meaning and importance of each, specially during the times of crisis. The era that began with the Convention of the Exchange of Populations between Greece and Turkey, signed in Lausanne in 1923, adversely affected the islanders of Imbros (Gökçeada in Turkish), along with the rest of the Rum citizens of Turkey. Because of the Exchange, the social structure and values on the Island were almost completely destroyed. This paper endeavors to show a slice of history by following four generations of villagers, from the Republic to present. It may not yield any major generalisable conclusions about the Greek or Turkish Diaspora. What I relate in this paper originates from structured, one-to-one interviews with the villagers of Gliki other Imbrians and refugees returning to Gliki and İstanbul. In gathering these stories, my aim was to gain insight into the life of the villagers and the far-reaching effects of the Exchange. This required a certain level of participation in the daily life of the village. Based on a local corpus of narratives the paper aims to present the qualitative research as a data collection methodology. Examples in relation to in-depth interviews, documents - personal and official- and ethnograph – participant observation and documentation - based on the findings derived from the field are presented. In the final part of the paper how the narratives of the villagers merge with the narratives of the land is presented.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Erginsoy, Fatma Güliz
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural heritage; Intangible cultural heritage; Oral history ; Narratives; Cultural identity; Memory; Immigration; languages; Villages; Greece; Turkey
Subjects: H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 02. Agricultural heritage
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
N. ANTHROPOLOGY > 02. Ethnography
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 02. Oral traditions and expressions (including language)
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 04. Social practices, rituals and festive events
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 05. Traditional craftsmanship
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Imbros (Gökçeada) island, Turkey; Gliki (Bademli) Village, Imbros (Gökçeada) island, Turkey; Bademli Village Primary School Building, Imbros (Gökçeada) island, Turkey
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Fatma Güliz Erginsoy
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 12:52
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 12:52

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