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Factories of Memory: Remembering the 12 September Military Coup in Beynelmilel and Bu Son Olsun


  • Ozan Tekin

Summary, in English

12 September 1980, the third successful military coup in the history of Turkey, has had a debilitating impact on the social, political and cultural life of the country. This thesis examines the representations of the 12 September coup through the lens of film as memory. Based on content analysis of two films, Beynelmilel (2006) and Bu Son Olsun (2012) and their reception, this study examines the representations of the 12 September military coup by means of the concepts of cultural memory, communicative and material memory (memory of objects), and construes whether the reconstruction of this particular past event is challenged by the abovementioned cinematic products as a way to impinge upon the collective memories of this seminal event in Turkey. The results demonstrate that both cinematic products are reflective of multiple and fragmented memories of the 12 September, and that there is not a strong manifestation of remembering or references to memories of this event as the interpretation of online reviews of both products puts forward .


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Document type

Student publication for Master's degree (two years)


  • Cultural Sciences


  • Turkey.
  • history
  • reception studies
  • film studies
  • memory studies
  • cultural memory
  • 12 September 1980
  • collective memory


  • Mats Jönsson (Associate Professor)