The fifth of the YoungTalks seminar series took place on September 24, 2014. 

The fifth seminar of the YoungTalks series took place on September 24, 2014 with two speakers from civil society. The Platform aims to foster peace between Turkey and Armenia by encouraging movie-makers and artists from both countries to produce movies. Çiğdem Mater emphasized the significance of establishing dialogue between Armenian and Turkish societies by showing a selection of movies shot by the Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform.  Cinema plays a crucial role in building a peaceful relationship and with this in mind, the Platform has produced a number of movies including: I Left My Shoes In Istanbul, Galata, Do Not Get Lost Children, Master of Doves, Neighbors, and Puppet Theater.

 

 

Duygu Alpan (Kültür University Global Political Trends Center GPOT)

Duygu Alpan from Global Political Trends Center (GPoT) discussed the findings of Ferhat Boratav’s research study A Survey on Turkish-Armenian Relations and Armenia in Turkish Media (2006-2009). The GPoT Center is a non-governmental initiative established under Kültür University. The Center conducts projects focusing on Turkish foreign policy and relations with many regions (that have historically had a turbulent history with Turkey) including Armenia, Cyprus, Europe, Israel, Middle East and North Africa. A quantitative methodology was used to analyze the content of five mainstream Turkish newspapers namely Hürriyet, Sabah, Radikal, Yenişafak and Zaman.  Significantly the report acknowledges that media language is manifesting biases against Armenians.

-"Turkey-Armenia: Establishing a dialog between communities"

Çiğdem Mater (Anadolu Kültür)

-"Armenia- Turkey: Meet, Talk, Generate"