Symposium on Mediterranean Cities: Urban Poetics, Urban (Geo)Politics

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Last week I joined a fascinating symposium in Istanbul on the changing meanings of Mediterranean cities. It was a thoroughly interdisciplinary endeavour with scholars from international relations, architecture, urban studies, history, and postcolonial/cultural studies enriching the discussion on how the city is implicated in many of the problematics and possibilities of cultural interface (between Asia, Africa, and Europe) that the Mediterranean region enshrines. The symposium was organized by the Netherlands Institute in Turkey, with the support of the Dutch Consulate. And the insightful opening remarks by the Dutch Consul General, Bart van Bolhuis, sketched how urgent a greater understanding of this region and its dynamics and interconnections are for current crises around the Mediterranean.   Continue reading “Symposium on Mediterranean Cities: Urban Poetics, Urban (Geo)Politics”


Panel presentation at Postcolonial Mediations Conference


Today our team presented at the University of Amsterdam on a joint panel at the conference, Postcolonial Mediations: Globalization and Displacement. The panel was Mediating Cities in Postcolonial Europe: Gender, Diaspora, and Belonging, and my presentation was on Digital Connections and Mobile Mediations of Emotion: Tracing the Urban Lives of Turkish-Dutch Migrants Between Istanbul and Amsterdam. The feedback on Europe from postcolonial studies perspectives was very helpful and it was great to hear about the work of the others in our team for the first time formally since we started our fieldwork. Continue reading “Panel presentation at Postcolonial Mediations Conference”

Guest lecture on transnational migration and media circuits

The Istanbul I moved here for is gone

Today I gave a guest lecture in the course, Postcolonial Europe at Utrecht University, led by Dr. Gianmaria Colpani and Dr. Layal Ftouni. It was a great session because it was the first time I shared any of my preliminary findings from my Istanbul fieldwork. This is the second time I’ve been asked to contribute my recent work to this exciting course and I hope it becomes a tradition. The above quote is taken from one of the interviews I did with a young woman artist in Cihangir who is moving back to the Netherlands after having moved there in the period of hope around the Gezi Park protests in 2013. Continue reading “Guest lecture on transnational migration and media circuits”

Fieldwork blog: contesting Istanbul’s identity on social media

Image being shared on social media 

Artist, Burak Akbay, created and shared this piece online, saying on Twitter that he had made it as a new logo for Istanbul, since the city has a new symbol: the Arab hair transplant tourist. As the social media responses reflect, this figure is an extremely recognizable one for people living in Istanbul. Continue reading “Fieldwork blog: contesting Istanbul’s identity on social media”

Workshop on the Anthropology of Media in Turkey


I’m very glad to be joining the sessions of a great event at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. Coinciding with my first days of fieldwork here in the city, the workshop has brought together a number of scholars whose work is very important to my own investigations of social media in the Turkish context and theorizations of what digital media do in society. The workshop sessions have contained a great abundance of exchange, primarily about practical methodological experiences and approaches of doing ethnographic research in Turkey.

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Presentation of conference paper on alternative digital mappings of diaspora at IMISCOE 2017


This week our team’s paper was presented at IMISCOE’s annual conference, on a panel about methodological considerations in digital migration studies. Our paper, ‘Mapping Digital Diaspora: Legacies and Challenges,’ was based on a case study analysis of a Turkish-Dutch diaspora issue that mobilized people through social media. We use it to argue for new methods for tracing diasporic engagement online and related implications for conceptualizing diaspora in contexts of digital media proliferation.

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