Location: French Institute for Anatolian Studies Palais de France, Istanbul, 14-15 October 2022.

The Action is delighted to announce the workshop Welfare and the domestic space. Housing and health in the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean that will take place on 14-15 October in Istanbul. The workshop is organized with the Institut français d’études anatoliennes (IFEA) in Istanbul.



Friday, October 14

Institut français d’études anatoliennes (IFEA) – seminar room

9:30 10:30, Introduction

Presentation of the COST Action “Who cares in Europe”

Fabio Giomi (Centre d’Études Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques (CETOBaC, EHESS)) – “The Mixed Economy of Welfare” working group

Philippe Bourmaud (IFEA) – Welcome and introduction 

Lea Delmaire (Sciences Po Centre for History, IFEA) and Gabriel Doyle (Sciences Po, CETOBaC) – Housing and the domestic space – An introduction

Coffee break

 10:45 12:45, Projections and designs for the ideal housing: perspectives from the 1930s

Emanuela Costantini (University of Perugia) – A city for the people. Bucharest’s social housing in the 1930’s

Cansu Degirmencioğlu (Technical University of Munich) – The Architecture of Prevention: Healthy Housing of the Rural Population in Early Republican Turkey

Discussion: Jean-François Pérouse (Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, IFEA)

 14:15 16:15, The domestic as a space of intervention in assistance and social reform

Nora Lafi (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient) – Forced population displacements, welfare programmes for refugees and the intimate defence of domestic spaces in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century

Barış Alp Özden (University of Duisburg-Essen) – Emergence of the “Housing Question” and the Working-Class Dwelling as a Realm of Social Reform in the late-1940s and 1950s

Discussion: Lola Zappi (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Coffee break

16:30 18:30, State and non-state actors: The mixed economy of housing and urban inequalities

Eleni Kyramargiou (Institute of Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation (IHR/NHRF)) – State Intervention and Social Prevention: Housing Provision for Refugees in Piraeus (1922-1928)

Melvin Bernard (CETOBaC-EHESS) – Companies as welfare providers : Housing in socialist Yugoslavia (1965-1990)

Discussion: Morgane Labbé (Centre de Recherches Historiques-EHESS)

Saturday, October 15

10:15 – 12:30 (departure from the IFEA at 10:15)

Field trip by Gabriel Doyle (Sciences Po, CETOBaC) – The heritage of charitable housing in Istanbul: akaretler from the late-Ottoman period

 13:30 – 14:15

Presentation by Ali Erken (Marmara University) – An Inquiry into the Rockefeller and Ford Foundation Archives: Transformation in Health, Science and Public Welfare in Turkey

Coffee break

 14:30 – 15:30, General wrap-up and (provisional) conclusion