Visual History; Press Photography; Post-Ottoman Heritage; Istanbul; Ankara; Belgrade; Sarajevo; Turkey; Yugoslavia; Gender; Life World; Inter-War period
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VASE: SIBA – A Visual Approach to Explore Everyday Life in Turkish and Yugoslav Cities, 1920s and 1930s
The main objective of the Visual Archive Southeastern Europe (VASE) is to assemble historical and contemporary visual materials from this region of Europe. VASE seeks to draw attention to the image as a primary source, to promote visual studies as a technique and method and thereby to enrich predominantly text-based historical-anthropological research. By providing access to different types of images - e.g. photographs and postcards - VASE aims to enhance reflection on (self-)images of Southeastern Europe, both within the academic community as well as in society in general. The database may not be used for commercial purposes.
The Basel SIBA project explores how everyday life in two Turkish and two Yugoslav cities developed in the two decades after the end of World War I and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. Based on a visual data base built on contemporary local press photography, it compares visual representations of everyday life in Sarajevo, Istanbul, Belgrade and Ankara (SIBA), and conducts in-depth case studies on selected topics, namely on visual codes of the press, gender representations, the role of religion, the relation between the national and the local. The project introduces visual sources to lifeworld research and contributes to the removal of the arbitrary walls between Balkan and Ottoman/Turkish studies.