There’s a new face around town, an e-journal that aims to fill the sweet spot of desire for fresh, cutting-edge, edgy and real reportage about Turkey. The first issue has hit the e-stands. Get it here.
Here’s what the editors have to say about the journal:
BÜLENT is a quarterly online journal which aims to encourage new ways of thinking about contemporary Turkey.
BÜLENT takes its title from a common Turkish boy’s name. It is the name of Bülent Ecevit, former Prime Minister, poet and translator, and Bülent Ersoy, a much loved transexual singer.
As two of the most iconic Bülents, Ersoy - whose public gender transition coincided with the repressive 1980 military coup - and Ecevit – who stood at the inception of the Turkish financial crisis when a book was thrown at him across parliament – both present figures which cut across contemporary Turkey’s most interesting tensions. Not least the unpredictable shapes of identity politics, and the brute power of the written word. These two lives offer a basic departure for the journal, which aims, not so much to ‘unveil’ Turkey, as to engage with existing critical debates.
We publish articles, essays, interviews, translations, photos and multimedia works. We are looking for all kinds of collaborators. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Issue Zero: April 2013
Editors: Isobel Finkel & Thomas Roueché