One of the world’s great metropolises, Istanbul has long been a source of inspiration for writers. The Atlantic reporter and Shatter the Nations: ISIS and the War for the Caliphate author Mike Giglio spent five years in the city while covering nearby conflicts. In an illuminating talk, he reflects on why the city sometimes felt like the Paris of Hemingway; what it was like to be there during the war in Syria and the migrant crisis; how Turkey’s descent into dictatorship has put its mark on Istanbul; and the city’s enduring capacity to absorb and rebuff efforts to redefine it.

Mike Giglio (International)

Mike Giglio

Mike Giglio is a staff writer at The Atlantic in Washington, DC. He was previously based in Istanbul and reported extensively from the wars and conflicts that defined the last decade. His first book, Shatter the Nations: ISIS and the War for the Caliphate, is based on five years of immersive reporting from Iraq, Syria and southern Turkey, and includes voices from all sides of the conflict. He is a two-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and a winner of the Arthur F. Burns Prize.

Jadey O’Regan (Australian)

Jadey O’Regan

Dr Jadey O'Regan facilitates the Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music Practice) program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney. In 2014, she was awarded her PhD titled When I Grow Up: The Development of the Beach Boys' Sound, which analysed the development of the distinctive sound of the Beach Boys between 1962 and 1966. Her research has been published in the book Good Vibrations: Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in Critical Perspective (Ed. Philip Lambert) and research has been presented both in Australia and internationally. Her research interests include the musical analysis of pop music, pop hooks, empirical musicology and music in the 1990s. She is also an established musician and songwriter, and a performing session musician across a variety of genres.