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Murat Cem Mengüç


Istanbul, Its People, and Their Limits

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Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits. Directed by Imre Azem. Turkey and Germany, 2012. Almost exactly a year before the current protests in Turkey—commonly referred to as “Occupy Gezi,” after Gezi Park, located in the Taksim neighborhood of Istanbul—a film called Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits was screened in the very same park. The event was announced as a public premiere, and it was co-sponsored by two groups. The first was the Taksim Coalition, comprised of concerned ...

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Murat Cem Mengüç


Murat Cem Mengüç is an assistant professor of history at Seton Hall University. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled “Building the Past: Early Ottoman Histories.”