Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of California. She is also a children’s author; her first book, Pronta Per La Scuola, will be published in Italy in 2006. zgursel@berkeley.edu


With the Turkish accession process underway, the task of patriotic Turks is to ingratiate their nation to Europe. This means playing down cultural differences when presenting Turkey to the outside, and stifling controversy at home for fear it may be off-putting. Here, one Turkish ex-patriot describes her difficulty in answering “the Turkish Question”.