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Making and Unmaking a Mining City
Friday, 04 Feb 2022
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
302 International Center and online
Muslim Studies Program
Event Details:

Making and Unmaking a Mining City, The Historical Geography of Zonguldak    

Mehmet Eroglu

Doctoral student, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences


Mehmet Eroglu is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. He joined the Geography program in the Fall of 2021 as a Fulbright scholar. Prior to MSU, he received his B.S. in Geomatics Engineering and his M.S. in Science, Technology, and Society at Istanbul Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey). At the moment, his research focuses on historical and political geography. More precisely, he studies how the decline in the coal industry affects historical coal cities spatially, politically, economically, and culturally. For this talk, Mehmet will be discussing the spatial and social transformation of Zonguldak, Turkey's historic center for coal extraction, by focusing on the relations between and within the state, mine owners, and miners and their families in and around the city.