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Jean-François Pérouse

Okmeydani: A Targeted Territory

The death on 11 March 2014, in the Okmeydanı hospital, of the young Berkin Elvan (fifteen years old) after months in a coma—he had been a victim of police violence on 16 June 2013 during the protests in support of Gezi—followed by his funeral and the murder of young Burak Can Karamanoğlu (twenty-two years old) on the night of 12 March, as well as the counter-demonstrations on 13 March, once again placed the territory of Okmeydanı under the spotlight of the media and ...

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Jean-François Pérouse is a geographer, and has been the director of the Institut français d’études anatoliennes (IFEA, French Institute for Anatolian Studies) in Istanbul since 2012. After serving as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Toulouse after his PhD on the planning of Ankara, he has been working in Istanbul for more than fifteen years, as a researcher at IFEA and a lecturer at the University of Marmara or the University of Galatasaray. He has published numerous books, articles, and book chapters dealing with geography and politics in Turkey. He can be reached on: