Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Justyna Szewczyk El Jassem

Ph.D. Candidate
Modern Turkey, memory



M.A. University of Warsaw, 2009


I am a first-year Ph.D. student working under the supervision of Dr. Ariel Salzmann. My primary field of interest is the contemporary history of Turkey, with a specific focus on the history of violence. I am interested in the problems related to documenting past violence and competing historical memories of the state historiography and the counter-memory of the affected communities. I am particularly interested in recent initiatives to memorialize military coups, political persecutions, and assassinations through museal memorial projects. I look to compare how state and non-state actors in Turkey build museal narratives around different historical events.