To: Ilknur Ustun
From: Cynthia Enloe
International Development (IDCE)
Clark University (USA)
Dear Ilknur – I am sending you warmest greetings. You are in my thoughts daily.
It was back in 2003 that we first met. It was my first visit to Turkey. You were my wonderful host and guide in Ankara. I remember all our lively conversations! You opened my eyes to Turkish history and to the complexities of Turkish women’s diverse lives.
I especially can picture us going through the Ataturk Memorial with its fascinating Gallipoli diorama. That was the first time I had ever pictured in my mind’s eye the famous World War I battle from the vantage point up on top of the cliffs. Your commentary made such an impression on me that day in 2003 that this past year I chose our visit together to the Gallipoli exhibit as the centerpiece of an essay for a special issue of the European Women’s Studies Journal. That same essay is now a chapter in my newest book, The Big Push, just released in the UK and the US. And YOU, of course, are right there on the page!
We most recently got the chance to talk when I came to Ankara for a conference at METU. You once again were so generous with your time. I remember us having brunch together and your taking me to the friendly sunlit office of your then-new small publishing venture, where you introduced me to your fine colleagues.
Ilknur, your community-building work, your generous spirit, and your lively curiosity – I am so fortunate to keep learning from you!
With warm wishes to you,