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Last 24 days. Doable.

In Erkan in the military service, Turkey and Kurds on August 23, 2009 at 12:35

I don’t like Nil Karaibrahimgil’s too girlish attitude much but I like this song as it bangs on my head in the internet cafe. Her summer hit.


There are 24 days to freedom. Now I am one of the closest ones to finish the service- called "tezkereciler". I am now bolder to ask for more permissions to improve my life here. The latest one was to ask a day break in every week instead every two weeks. Since I have numbered days, this was accepted. So here I am in an internet cafe, scanning my google reader stuff in a crazily fast mode. I star tens of posts to look at when I am all free. I play with facebook and reply my emails and writing this post.

With the start of Ramadan, having new officials and soldiers joined; the last 24 days will not be easy, I am sure. Because of new faces, I feel alienated. But at least my relations with the top-officials got quite better and as long as I am fine with him, there are no problems. [he even accepted a request from the local head of Ministry of Education who wanted me to have a seminar on Public Relations for the high school administrators] My latest position is to wait in a small room in the entrance gate and keep recording the visitors. Apart from Mondays when village heads visit, I don’t have much to do and I keep myself stay in that room and read as much as possible. As of now, this blog writers has read 17 books during his military service and intends to read at least 3 more before he resumes his life back in Istanbul.

[sorry for my English- I feel a bit of difficulty in writing nowadays]

In the mean time, a substantive report on the Ergenekon trial spreads around. Let me have it here, too.

Article | Between Fact And Fantasy: Turkey’s Ergenekon Investigation

Mavi Boncuk | Between Fact And Fantasy: Turkey’s Ergenekon Investigation
by Gareth H. Jenkins | Silk Road Paper | August 2009

Yigal has a comment about it.

But of course a grander development is government’s plan on Kurdish rights! I could follow the details and I am sure there may not emerge a concrete policy about what to do. But discursively this is a huge step forward and I appreciate the move. In the political scene, CHP and MHP cannot be more than reactionary political parties. Reactionary in the sense that they do not provide any policies but only reacts to ever-creative AKP politics. I do not also claim that every "creative" AKP move is really productive; but AKP continues to determine the terms of debate in the Turkish politics. I only wish for the best for all parties… [have a look at Turkey’s 36 Languages in the mean time. Prof. White’s blog keeps offering a good round up on Turkish politics while I am away (!)]

MA in Media and Communication Systems program at Istanbul Bilgi University

In Announcements on August 16, 2009 at 14:10

The program I used to work as a TA launches an MA program. I was informed that I will also be teaching there as an Assistant Professor at Spring 2010 semester in addition to my full time position at Public Relations. This newspaper ad only includes Professors. A newly launched website here with an English page. I expect the site will be developed soon…

Latest product from Rice Anthro Tradition

In Anthropology on August 16, 2009 at 10:04

I got my copy of Fieldwork Is Not What It Used to Be: Learning Anthropology’s Method in a Time of Transition (by James D. Faubion, George E. Marcus, and Michael M. J. Fischer) and began to read recently. I am proud to know all contributors to this volume and I am happy to be part of this great circle of anthropology. I hope I will provide meaningful contributions in near future. I am also quoted 2-3 times in this volume…  

In the mean time;

I would name Lorenz’s Anthropologi.Info as the best anthro blog I have been following. He has been celebrating the fifth year of the blog. Congratulations Lorenz! You have done a great job.

John Postill’s blog becomes a great source for media anthropology. Towards an ethnography of new media practices; Review article: Researching the Internet;

the last 1,5 months

In Erkan in the military service on August 1, 2009 at 15:31

1,5 months left. Another bi-weekly break ends in a hurry. No time left of after replying mails and playing with Facebook. It just goes smoothly. One day I am in charge of tea-service, one day of entrance gate, another day soldiers’ canteen…

Hopefully, Erkan’s Field Diary will be relaunched with some design novelties in less than 2 months! I rely on Can for technicalities. Now, I am gone.