I am a doctoral candidate in Social Anthropology at Harvard University, with a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Currently, I am a visiting scholar at the Institute of European Ethnology at Humboldt University, Berlin. I completed a master’s degree (with Distinction) in International Performance Research at the University of Warwick and a bachelor’s degree (with Honors) in Cultural Studies at Sabanci University. My work brings together issues of sexuality, racialization, Whiteness, knowledge, and value in Germany and wider Europe.
My dissertation is titled, “Pedagogies of Flesh: Sexuality, Race, and Value in the Sex Education of Postcolonial Germany.” In this project, I examine sex education in Germany and how it aims to cultivate certain kinds of persons by transmitting “European values” to a variety of target groups that are differently racialized . By doing so, I scrutinize how something celebrated as progressive such as sex education could have very unprogressive consequences .
I have been also a graduate fellow of the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University. The project I participated in, Women Mobilizing Memory, resulted in a book with the same title (2019, Columbia University Press) and I co-authored a chapter titled, “Curious Steps: Mobilizing Memory Through Collective Walking and Storytelling in Istanbul” with Bürge Abiral, Ayşe Gül Altınay, and Dilara Çalışkan.
In my previous project, I looked at how the discourse of “Dutch tolerance” produces problematic normativities that are nationalized, sexualized, and racialized in the Netherlands. This project resulted in an article titled, “‘Turkish, Dutch, Gay and Proud’: Mapping Out the Contours of Agency in Homonationalist Times,” (2017) published in Sexualities (https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460716645805).
My research has been supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Krupp Foundation, and the European Commission.