This research group recently conduct a TUBITAK 1001 project titled "The Identity Presentations and The Intergenerational Change of Lausanne Immigrants in Turkey" and supported by TUBITAK SOBAG. Following the Population Exchange Convention signed between Turkey and Greece in 1923, Greeks and Muslims have abandoned their homes and lands. Greeks mostly settled into different parts of Northern Greece, Muslims settled in different villages and neighborhoods in 10 settlement regions in Turkey. The subject of this study is the factors and the changes within the intergenerational transition providing the social strategies and the practices of these immigrants in order to sustain and maintain their culture nearly one hundred years after the Agreement. The research question of this study concerning the strategies and the practices of immigrants is divided into four parts: How these strategies are produced and appeared in their practices within the scope of their cultural activities and their cultural life? How and why these social strategies and practices are used in the identity presentations of immigrants? What are the contents of their cultural activities and why these contents are preferred in the context of intergenerational change? What factors are influential in intergenerational transition and change along with immigration, urbanization and globalization? The practices in socio- cultural activities like festivals, ceremonies, meetings, and cultural identity presentations will be studied within the framework of these questions.
Since this project aims to reveal the differences within the immigrant generations, to observe and to interpret the meanings created by immigrants, qualitative methodology will be used in the fieldwork. The data will be collected from festivals, commemoration ceremonies, memory houses and settlements by interviews and observations. Visual ethnography and oral history are included in the fieldwork. In this context, the practices in socio-cultural activities such as festivals, ceremonies and meetings that take place in different exchange settlements and the identity presentations of the exchanges in these practices are discussed. Qualitative research methods are used in this field research, which aims to reveal the intergenerational differences and to observe and interpret the meanings that the exchanges have created. The data acquired through interviews and observations at festivals, memorial meetings, memorial houses and settlements. In addition, visual ethnography and oral history researches are also conducted in field research.