1980 Coup D’État / Oral History Research

he 1980 Coup D’État depicts a pivotal moment in the history of Turkey. When the National Security Council declared the Coup on September 12th, extended martial law throughout the country and abolished the Parliament and the Government; not only did it end the hegemonic crisis but also paved the way to rebuild and restructure the society in order to facilitate the economic and social integration into the neoliberal order. A research project of oral history focuses on the families of the revolutionists that were directly targeted by the Military during and after the Coup. Their stories shed a light on intricate effects of militarism and open fascism towards families and towards the larger society.

Once completed, this will be the first interactive archive covering three segments that were not previously addressed:

1. Oral history archive of children, spouses, parents and relatives. They share their long-term individual struggles to survive psychologically as well as their organized efforts to resist the dictatorial authority in order to demand justice.

2. Oral history archive of political refugees and their families in Europe and in North America. In progress, the second stage of the archive covers research in Germany, France, Holland, Austria, Sweden, Canada and the US.

3. Oral history archive of the Kurds and their families.