History Turkish Germany relations
Turkish-German Studies is a new field in the humanities and social sciences that researches and analyzes issues related to Turkish-German relations in both their historic and present forms. The interdisciplinary field investigates the impact of Turkish migrants on the German cultural landscape. Rather than indicating a hybrid culture caught in between two nations, the hyphen in 'Turkish-German' serves as a point of departure for an investigation into the history of relations between Turkey and Germany (and, by extension, the East and West).
The study of Turkish-German relations calls for a multidisciplinary, if not interdisciplinary approach that encourages academic collaboration between specialists in German studies, Turkish studies, history, literary criticism, anthropology, cultural studies, film studies, gender studies, history, linguistics, political sciences, and sociology. The field evaluates various approaches to cultural productions by ethnic communities in Germany and its implications for the concept of German culture. The field is specifically informed by the work of scholars who focus on issues of race and ethnicity in the post-war period: Leslie Adelson, Rita Chin, Ülker Gökberk, Deniz Göktürk, Kader Konuk, Ruth Mandel, Azade Seyhan, Levent Soysal, Yasemin Soysal, Yasemin Yıldız, and Gökçe Yurdakul to list only a few. Turkish-German Studies pursues questions concerning the nexus between nation, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and religion in Turkey and Germany.
The first scholars in the US to recognize the significance of Turkish immigration to Germany were literary critics in German departments. Given the changing German literary landscape, these critics call for new reading strategies that are able to capture newly emerging textual and cultural practices. Leading German Studies journals such as New German Critique, Seminar, The German Quarterly, and The German Yearbook have in the past decade published numerous articles on Turkish-German literature and maintain a lively forum for redefining German Studies in relation to the changing cultural landscape in Germany. Turkish-German Studies promises to be instructive for scholarship on worldwide migration, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, globalization, and identity politics in other national contexts.