Travelogues of a Sentimental Journey through Çanakkale, Turkey


  • Giuseppe Resta Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
  • Sonja Novak Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek




Çanakkale is a mid-size city on the Dardanelles Strait. It is generally known as the Second World War battleground of the Gallipoli Campaign, when the British Empire and France failed to capture Istanbul as the Ottomans used geographical features to their advantage. Çanakkale also sits in the region that is believed to be the same as ancient Troy, whose destruction is featured in Homer’s Iliad and The Odyssey. Until the late nineteenth century, the Trojan War was considered to be a fictional event, but then pioneer archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann followed Homer’s geographical descriptions and identified Hisarlık Hill with the help of Frank Calvert as the site of the ancient city. The site is now UNESCO World Heritage, but the line between myth and reality is still blurred. The case study of Çanakkale will thus expand on the grey area of the city’s contemporary physical condition and the mythological potential of its underlying urban narrative as a place of epic significance, a place in which fictional stories overlap with the physical description of the urban and natural environment. The multitude of meanings and symbolism assigned to the city and region of Çanakkale thus prove to be fruitful grounds for the exploration of travelogues’ potential as a subgenre of travel literature that sways between myth and reality, as was shown in the workshop The City and the Myth organized 18-20 July 2022 with the support of the COST Action Writing Urban Places

Author Biographies

Giuseppe Resta, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto

Giuseppe Resta – Co-leader WG2 – is a Researcher at the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto (PORTofCALL project). He previously held teaching positions in Istanbul, Ankara, Bari and Tirana. He is the owner and curator of Antilia Gallery (IT) and co-founder of the architecture thinktank PROFFERLO Architecture (IT-UK). His latest monographic books are Journey to Albania: Architectures, Expeditions and Landscapes of Tourism (Accademia University Press, 2022) and Jean-Christophe Quinton: A Few Houses and Shelters 2002-2021 (Libria, 2021). His research on architecture and the city is focused on the relationship between space and power, and on adaptive reuse via artistic practices. Resta is a co-leader of Working Group 2 in the COST Action Writing Urban Places

Sonja Novak, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek

Sonja Novak – Leader WG2 – PhD, is currently assistant professor and chair of German Literature at the Department of German Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek, Croatia, where she teaches History of German Literature and courses on Literary Theory at undergraduate (BA), graduate (MA) and postgraduate (PhD) level. She conducts her research in the humanities within the research field of Philology and her area of expertise is Literary Theory and History of Literature. Current research topics cover comparative literature, contemporary fiction and drama, with special emphasis on German and Croatian literature. She joined the COST Action Writing Urban Places to explore literary heterotopias. 


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