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Carole Woodall


The View from Istiklal

[Atatürk Cultural Center, as seen from Gezi Park, 3 June. All images by Carole Woodall.]

More than a week has passed since activity began in Istanbul’s Gezi Park at Taksim Square. İstiklal Avenue, where I live, has been full of protestors waving or draped in the Turkish flag, carrying political banners, and shouting slogans: “Government Resign” (Hükümet İstifa), “Tayyip Resign” (Tayyip İstifa), “Shoulder to Shoulder We Stand Against Fascism” (Faşizme Karşı Omuz Omuza), and “This is only the beginning, the resistance continues” (Bu daha başlangıç, mücadeleye ...

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Carole Woodall


Carole Woodall is an Assistant Professor of History and Women's and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where she is also Executive Curator of the Intersections Film Festival. She has been exploring and studying Istanbul for nearly two decades, with a specific interest in cultural and sensory urban environments. Her scholarship focuses on the interplay between urban space and cultural practices and its effect upon the formation of modern identities in the late-Ottoman and early Turkish republican periods. She is currently completing a manuscript entitled The Decadent Modern: Cocaine, Jazz, and the Charleston in 1920's Istanbul.