Resolutionary Recollections: Event, Memory, and Sharing the Suffering

  • İlay Romain Örs
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)


This chapter is an exploration into the traumatic recent past of the Rum Polites. Analyzing their stories of violence, I show how they build on their past as a means to come to terms with the present and how these ways of dealing with their suffering reflect into how they position themselves vis-à-vis others. Apart from reconciling the boundaries with Turkish others, an attention to traumatic past also reveals the internal divisions within the community of Rum Polites. I demonstrate this through a discussion of a diagnostic event (Moore, American Ethnologist 14(4):727–36, 1987) of commemoration where I participated as an observant. I reflexively comment on how my disposition to their suffering might have affected their conceptualization of my place relative to the boundaries they draw around the community, which in turn provided me with additional insights into the degree of flexibility of the Rum Polites identity.


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  • İlay Romain Örs
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  1. 1.Istanbul Bilgi UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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