It started out as a straight-forward research project, an oral history of Turkey in the 1970s, a time of great upheaval and violence. As I flattened the vivid stories told to me during the interviews into scholarly analysis, I wondered whether there was another way to get my analytical observations across while retaining the vividness -- perhaps in graphic form. There, the saga began: find the money, find an artist, learn an entirely different way of writing so that the artist knows what to draw on the page, package ideas in a way that makes a reader want to keep flipping pages. I will share with you the (to me) surprising technicalities and intricate process of writing a scholarly graphic novel.

The seminar will take the form of a Zoom session. You will receive an invitation upon pre-registration with the organizer, Jaqueline Berndt. Email: