Asli Erdogan, one of Turkey’s most celebrated novelists, human rights activist and columnist will be in Athens on November 9 to give a lecture on “Writing as Resistance and Resurrection“, at the Athens Music Hall (Megaron) at 7 pm.
Born in 1967, Istanbul, Asli Erdogan studied computer engineering and physics at Bosphorus University. She worked as a research physicist at CERN (European Laboratory of High Energy Physics) in 1991 and 1992 and completed her thesis in Higgs particle there.
In 1994, she began her PhD on Higgs at the PUC university in Brazil but quit science altogether a year later. In 1994, she published her first novel ’’The Sea-Shell Man’’. Two years later, she returned to Turkey and published her second book ’’The Miraculous Mandarin’’. Her major ’breakthrough’ came with ’The City in Crimson Cloak“, published in 1998.
On the same year, she began writing for ’Radikal’, a left-wing intellectual Turkish newspaper. In her column, she treated controversial topics such as state violence, discrimination and human rights. As a result, she has been persecuted in a variety of ways, lost her job more than once, subjected to lynch campaigns and she has had to live in exile for several years.
In August 2016, she was arrested and spent four months in prison charged with membership of a terrorist organization and “undermining national unity”. Her passport was seized and a travel ban was issued. On September 7, Asli Erdogan received her passport and is free to travel again.
Aslı Erdogan’s books have been translated to several languages and her texts have been adapted for the theater and choreographed into dance.
Erdogan’s lecture at Megaron is organized in collaboration with Potamos Publishing House. Greek actress Amalia Moutousi will read excerpts from Asli Erdogan’s books.
The talk will be in English with a simultaneous translation in Greek and will also be streamed here.