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I am a scholar who studies and teaches the spatial politics of violence and its legacies. My work interweaves geography, anthropology, architecture, and material/visual culture. Following a 12-year academic career in the UK, I now work at University of Hamburg as Professor of Human Geography with a Focus on Violence and Security in the Anthropocene. After completing my PhD at University College London (UCL) in 2015, I worked as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Between 2012 and 2022, I designed and taught my own courses at various UK universities (e.g., LSE, UCL, Syracuse University’s London programme, and University of Hertfordshire) on urban and architectural histories of disaster and conflict, on violence’s visuality, and on the material/embodied politics of racism and racialization.
I am the author of two books, one in English and the other in Turkish: Victims of Commemoration: The Architecture and Violence of Confronting the Past in Turkey (Syracuse University Press, 2021), and İklimin Estetiği: Antroposen Sanatı ve Mimarlığı Üzerine Denemeler [Climate Aesthetics: Essays on Anthropocene Art and Architecture] (Everest, 2020; recipient of the Cevdet Kudret Literature Award in 2021 and currently in its second print run).
My ongoing research explores the ways in which histories of political violence bear upon discourses and practices surrounding ecological disaster and resilience in Turkey. Alongside publishing single-authored articles on this topic, I have co-edited the volume Architectures of Emergency in Turkey: Heritage, Displacement and Catastrophe (Bloomsbury/IB.Tauris, 2021) and a forthcoming special issue of the academic journal History and Anthropology (themed “Un/earthing Violence”), and guest-edited a special issue of the Journal of Visual Culture (themed “Testifying to Violence Environmentally” and published in 2022) and a dossier of essays on extractivism on the Journal of Visual Culture’s web-based magazine. Prior to these collections, I also guest-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture (themed “Field as Archive / Archive as Field”) published in 2021.
I have acted as a peer reviewer for numerous journals and research institutions including Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, The International Journal of Heritage Studies, Ethnicities, Political Geography, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Ethnopolitics, and the British Academy, among others. I’m a member of the Journal of Visual Culture‘s editorial collective.
Long before I became an academic, I was a drummer and remain one (take a listen here).