18-20 January 2019: I am organizing a symposium at the LSE titled "Testimony as Environment: Violence, Aesthetics, Agency," the details of which are available via this link.
25 October 2018: I will chair an Anthropocene-themed film screening event in Istanbul, which will culminate in a forum with members of the audience. This is part of the "Space and Place in Film" screening series organized at the Design Workshop Kadıköy. The film I have chosen for the event is The Pearl Button. The event will start at 7pm local time.
25 October 2018: I will give a public lecture titled "Problematizing the Anthropocene's monisms: humans, naturecultures, hero(in)es" to be followed by a two-hour-long postgraduate workshop at Kadir Has University School of Architecture.
24 October 2018: I will present a paper titled "Field as Archive / Archive as Field: An Architectural Approach" at Sabancı University's Karaköy campus.
23 October 2018: I will be leading a three-hour-long late-stage-undergraduate-level seminar on the theme of "Heritage and Its Entanglements with Violence" at Kadir Has University, Istanbul.
18 October 2018: I will be leading a three-hour-long masterclass on the theme of "Heritage and Its Entanglements with Violence" for students in the Architecture and Historic Urban Environments MA programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
May and June 2018: I will be carrying out a series of workshops in Turkey on the socially uneven and politically debilitating aspects of the Anthropocene discourse and the various urbanism and disaster-preparedness practices it has inspired. Venues include Kadir Has University School of Architecture, Center for Spatial Justice and Sakarya University School of Architecture.
10-11 February 2018: I have been selected as one of the participants in the UK-US Early Career Research Collaboration Workshop on Violence, which will be organized by the British Academy in Cambridge, MA.
22 November 2017: A research article I wrote on the spatial underpinnings and consequences of conspiratorial thinking around political violence has just been published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
20 November 2017: I will be leading a three-hour-long masterclass on the theme of "Heritage and Its Entanglements with Violence" for students in the Architecture and Historic Urban Environments MA programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
24 July 2017: An opinion piece I wrote on contemporary border architectures was published in Open Democracy.
7-8 July 2017: I will be speaking at a two-day intensive workshop themed "Theorizing Heritage Through Resistance." The event is organized by Evren Uzer (Assistant Prof of Urban Planning at Parson's the New School of Design) and Feras Hammami (Assistant Prof in Heritage and Urban Planning at the Dept. of Conservation, University of Gothenburg) and will be held at the School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg.
19 May 2017: Together with Prof Murray Fraser, Pinar Aykaç and Sevcan Ercan from the Bartlett School of Architecture, I will be organizing a day-long symposium titled "Field as Archive / Archive as Field: Architectural Insights from Turkey." This event is funded by the Bartlett School of Architecture through the Architecture Research Fund.
15 March 2017: I have been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant for a project titled "A 'Natural' Reckoning," which investigates the architectural and artistic ways political violence is negotiated in contemporary Turkey through the theme of environmental disaster.
10 March 2017: I will be speaking at the Architectural Association School of Architecture as part of their MA HCT & PhD seminar series. My seminar will be themed "The Politics of Violence as/against/through Architecture" and will take place between 10am and 1pm.
23 February 2017: I will give a lecture as part of the V&A/RCA History of Design seminar series. The lecture will start at 5pm and will be held at the Royal College of Art (Seminar Room S230 2nd Floor, Stevens Building Jay Mews, Kensington) in London. In my lecture I will aim to trace, through designed objects and spaces, the various discourses and practices of publicness that have been at work in Turkey since the end of the last decade.
30 November 2016: I will give a lecture as part of the LSE's "Anthropology of Turkey and Beyond" lecture series. The lecture will start at 6.30pm and will be held at Room 1.11, Cowdray House, 6 Portugal Street, London. In it, I will try and develop a materially and spatially grounded understanding of the tensions between the epistemic and ethical implications of witnessing as they have unfolded in and around the discourses and practices of "confronting the past" in contemporary Turkey.
6 July 2016: I was the guest of contemporary artist Didem Özbek's radio programme "Pazar Ilavesi" ("Sunday Supplement") broadcast every Wednesday at 19.30 on Turkey's Açık Radyo, where I talked about various aspects of my research.
6 June 2016: I was the guest of the contemporary-art-themed radio programme "Sanat Hayat" ("Art Life") broadcast every second Monday at 15.30 on Turkey's Açık Radyo. The host Aslı Kırbaş talked to Sinan Logie from Bilgi University (TR), Gül Köksal from Kocaeli University (TR) and myself about the two events the three of us co-organized the last week of May in Istanbul, which were themed "the sociality of architecture," and inspired by the debates around this year's Venice Architecture Biennale and Turkey's Pavilion therein. My contribution to the programme starts after 31:18.
2 June 2016: I will be presenting a paper entitled "Digital Paramilitarization: the social-media-based circulation of militarized graffiti in contemporary Turkey" as part of the symposium "Times Are a Changin': Temporality, Memory and Social Movements in the Digital Age" to be held at the University of Westminster (Cavendish Campus) in London. My presentation is part of the afternoon session starting at 2:30pm.
23 & 28 May 2016: Together with Sinan Logie from Bilgi University (TR) and Gül Köksal from Kocaeli University (TR), I am co-organizing two events in Istanbul, which are themed "the sociality of architecture" and inspired by the debates around this year's Venice Architecture Biennale and Turkey's Pavilion therein. More information on these two events can be found via this link (in Turkish).
1 May 2016: Over the next year I will be Visiting Research Fellow at the LSE's European Institute, working with and reporting to the Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies.
26 April 2016: I will be participating in the launch of the special Art History themed issue of Études arméniennes contemporaines, taking place at the Birkbeck's Keynes Library (43 Gordon Square). The event will start at 6.30pm.
3 March 2016: I will be giving a talk as part of the Programme of Armenian Studies seminar series at SOAS. The talk is entitled "'Accidental' Encounters with the Ottoman Armenians in Contemporary Turkey," and will start at 7pm. Venue: Room 116, SOAS (University of London), Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.
19 June 2015: I will be speaking at the interdisciplinary colloquium "Thinking Spatial Practices with & against Law" organized by the critical legal scholars Başak Ertür and Thanos Zartaloudis at the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research in London.
22 May 2015: I am co-organizing (together with Tom Snow from UCL History of Art) an interdisciplinary symposium on the material-spatial and visual-cultural implications of various forms of protest, refuge and conflict in and around the Middle East and North Africa. Funded by both the History of Art department and the Bartlett School of Architecture, the event will take place at Seminar Room 3, 20 Gordon Square, London. Full programme and further details can be found here.
27 March 2015: I am presenting a paper as part of the invite-only conference "Reverberations: Violence across Time and Space" held in Istanbul as part of the ERC-funded project "Remnants" based at the University of Cambridge Anthropology department.
23 February 2015: My PhD was examined and passed without corrections.
January 2015: As of this month I am starting to teach a course titled "Architectures of Destruction: a Social History of London's Built Environment" at Syracuse University's London program.
20-22 November 2014: I will present a paper as part of the Metropolitan Temporalities conference organized by the Center for Metropolitan Studies (Institut för Geschichte und Kunstgeschichte) in Berlin. The panel in which I will take part is entitled "Questioning the Temporalities of Metropolitan Memory: Transitions, Cycles, Durations, and Moments."
5 November 2014: I am invited to present my work and lead a seminar as part of the Critical Heritage Studies programme at Gothenburg University, Sweden. The event will run between 10 am and 12 pm.
23-24 August 2014: I will partake in an invitation-based writing seminar organized by the Architecture Fund in Vilnius, Lithuania. The theme of the seminar is "Subversive Opportunism" in and through architecture.
4-5 June 2014: I will give a talk as invited speaker at the conference "Floating Volumes #4: City and Identity within Artistic Research" to be held at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany. The subject of my presentation concerns the conflicting notions of "public-ness" articulated and experienced through interventions in architectural space, focusing specifically on the case of Istanbul and the debates around Gezi Park and Taksim Square. The conference will be complemented by an exhibition at the FRISE (House of Artists and Visual Media Center) also in Hamburg.
27 May 2014: The online research platform FailedArchitecture have published a short piece I wrote, which was stimulated by the Soma mining disaster in Turkey and its relationship to the built environment. The piece is entitled "Architecture as Disaster: Business as Usual?" and can be accessed via this link.
30 April 2014: I will give a presentation based on my doctoral research at the symposium "Buildings on fire: Towards a new approach to urban memory" held as part of the "Cities Methodologies 2014" series of exhibitions and talks at Slade Research Center, University College London.
21-22 February 2014:I will give a talk as one of the speakers invited to partake in the conference "Alevi Identity Revisited. Cultural, Religious, Social and Political Perspectives," which will be held at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul.
13 January 2014: As of Spring 2014 term, I start to teach as part of UCL's new interdisciplinary BASc program "Arts and Sciences." The course I teach this term is "Object Lessons: Communicating Knowledge through Collections," which is a Year-Two core course taught through UCL's own collections (the Grant Museum of Zoology, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and Art Collections), and discusses the various, often contesting meanings objects convey when they are placed within different contexts.
6 December 2013: I will give a talk, entitled "'The Present Past' and Cultural Heritage: Site, Memory, Representation," at the Istanbul art institution and gallery SALT, alongside five others who have been awarded the institution's research fund.
15 November 2013: I will give a 40-minute presentation based on my doctoral research, at the London Middle East Institute at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies). Entitled "'Facing and Reckoning with the Past' in Turkey's Witness-sites: The Case of the Madimak Hotel," my presentation is part of the series "Seminars on Turkey" convened by Prof Benjamin Fortna. Time: 12.00-14.00 PM. Place: Room G3 (inside and to the left of the main SOAS entrance), Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.
7 November 2013: The online research platform FailedArchitecture have started to publish English translations of some of the articles I have written in Turkish for Tasarım newspaper. The first article is entitled "The New Monuments of Taksim Square or 'Ruins in Reverse'," and can be accessed via this link.
5-7 September 2013: I will present a paper entitled "Temporalities of Architecture: Experience and Representation in the Ulucanlar Prison Museum" at the 7th Cultural Studies Symposium on Memory and Culture, jointly organized by the Turkish Cultural Studies Association and Bilkent University, Department of Political Science and Department of Architecture.
17-18 June 2013: I will be part of the OSK/NICA Summer School 2013: Memory and the Museum, which will be held at the FOAM Photography Museum in Amsterdam.
13 June 2013: A piece I wrote on the architectural aspects of the on-going protests in Turkey is published by ResearchTurkey. You can access the article via this link.
6 June 2013: I will present my doctoral research at Humboldt University (Room 123, Luisenstrasse 56, 10117, Berlin). The presentation is part of the "Museum, Memory and Identity" seminar series run by Dr. Irit Dekel, Dr. Bernhard Forchtner, and Prof. Dr. Gökçe Yurdakul.
April 2013: I am one of the six recipients of research funding awarded by SALT, an art institution in Turkey. More information available via this link.
December 2012: I received a research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to spend three months in Berlin, from April 2013 onwards. I will be based at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences, Humboldt University and working with Prof Dr Gökçe Yurdakul.
23 November 2012: I will present a paper entitled Architecture, Politics and Memory-Work: Ankara's Ulucanlar Prison Museum" as part of the international symposium "The Making of Modern Ankara: Space, Politics, and Representation" organized by the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster in conjunction with SOAS Seminars on Turkey. The symposium is to be held at the University of Westminster from 14.00 to 19.00 with exhibition opening and reception to follow.
16 November 2012: I will participate as guest critic, reviewing extended essays by Third Year BA students of Architectural History and Theory at University of Westminster.
9 November 2012: I will participate as guest critic in a day of poster presentations by Year 3 students of Architectural History and Theory at University of Brighton.
13-14 October 2012: I will present a paper entitled Turkey's "Witness-sites" and Its Discourses of "Coming to Terms with the Past": the Case of the Madimak Hotel as part of the international "Contemporary Turkish Studies at a Glance" conference at Istanbul Bilgi University's Santral Campus. My presentation is scheduled for the session "History and Memory Studies" chaired by Prof. Leyla Neyzi and due to take place between 1.45pm - 3.15pm on the second day of the conference.
September 2012: As of 2012 Autumn term, I start to teach an on-site seminar in "Architecture in London" as part of the "Art in London" course series organized by the History of Art department at University College London. More information available via this link.
24-26 May 2012: I will present a paper entitled Strategies and Tactics of Architectural Memorialization in "Witness-Sites" as part of the international "Hrant Dink Memorial Workshop 2012: New Forms of Social Protest" at Sabancı University, Turkey. You can view the workshop programme via this link.
23 May 2012:I will make a 15-minute presentation on my PhD as part of a seminar with Professor Stephen Loo, Head of the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania, who is visiting the Bartlett School of Architecture. The seminar will take place at 16 Taviton Street between 10am-1pm.
14-16 May 2012: I will present a paper entitled Performed Narratives at Witness-sites at the "Towards a Common Past? Conflicting Memories in Contemporary Europe" conference at Lund University, Sweden organized by Nordic Network in Memory Studies.
11 May 2012: I will present a paper entitled Discussing Sculpture's Agency Beyond Representation: the case of the "invisible" London Memorial to Pir Sultan Abdal and the Sivas Martyrs at the "Three Approaches to Three Dimensions" conference organized by The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum in London.
1 March 2012: I will present a paper entitled Narrativization of the Past Through Architecture: the case of the Madimak Hotel at the "Contested Sites/Sights Research Conference" in London organized by Chelsea College of Art & Design.
15 December 2011: I will participate as guest critic in the Unit 2 Year 3 end of semester crit entitled "Forgotten Spaces" at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at The University of Nottingham.
8-9 December 2011: I will present a paper entitled A Massacre Remembered, Its Monument Forgotten: the case of the London monument to the Sivas Massacre at the international seminar "The Practice of Memory: Time, Place, Performance" in Aarhus-Denmark organized by The Danish Network for Cultural Memory Studies.
3 December 2011: I will present a paper entitled Architectural Memorialization as Narrativization of the Past in Sites of Post-coup Reckoning: the case of the Madimak Hotel at the day-long "Spaces of Reckoning: Interdisciplinary approaches to conflict and memory" symposium at the University of Westminster.
7 November 2011: I was interviewed by Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere, who produces a radio programme entitled Inside/Outside on Turkey's Açık Radyo. In the programme, he discusses Turkish politics with his guests in English. The programme broadcasts every Monday at 10.30 am. Previous participants include Joost Lagendijk and Hugh Pope. Güzeldere interviewed me about my PhD research and you can listen to the podcast of our somewhat improvised conversation via this link.
2-6 November 2011: I will participate in the international workshop/thinktank entitled "In|Outside the Debate: Voices From Academia in the Turkish|German Nexus", organized in Brandenburg just outside Berlin. My participation is fully funded by the Goethe Institute and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ernst-Reuter-Inititative). I will take part in the working group themed Discussing the concept of açılım, where I intend to engage critically with Turkey's current museumification processes as the architectural repercussion of açılım.
3-9 October 2011: The documentary film I had made as part of my research "Accommodating Roughhouse" has been selected for screening at the V. International Architecture and Urban Films Festival and will participate in the festival's international competition. Two screenings of Accommodating Roughhouse will take place: on October 4th, at Nazım Hikmet Cultural Center [Address: Ali Suavi Sokagi (Sanatçılar Sokagi), No:7, Bahariye-Istanbul/Turkey], and on October 6th at the Chamber of Architects (Kemankeş Caddesi, No: 31, Istanbul/Turkey), both at 14:00.
24-26 June 2011: The documentary film I had made as part of my research "Accommodating Roughhouse" has been selected for screening at the Urban Suburban Film Festival in Philadelphia. The Urban Suburban Film Festival will take place on June 24th to 26th at the Crowne Plaza on City Avenue.
25-29 May 2011: I will present a paper entitled Everyday Functionality as Intentional Commemorative-Value, at the "International Conference on Materiality, Memory and Cultural Heritage" organized by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Istanbul Technical University and the Department of Anthropology, Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey.
29 April 2011: At 16:00, I will give a talk at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. Entitled "I Thought I Could Organize Freedom, How Designer of Me," the talk is structured around a reading of Giorgio Agamben's essay "Infancy and History: An Essay on the Destruction of Experience," (in Infancy and History: The Destruction of Experience, Liz Heron (trans), New York: Verso, pp 11-63), with occasional references to my master's thesis project.
28 April 2011: Miljöpartiet's (The Environment Party a.k.a. "The Greens") Stockholm branch will host a screening of the documentary film I had made as part of my master's work. Representatives from the skaters association Stockholm Subsurfers will also be present at the event, which is to take place at 19:00 in Stockholmâ€™s Stadshuset (the City Hall). I will also attend, and participate in the post-screening discussion session. Please contact me if you would like to attend. (Many thanks to Johan Sandström from Subsurfers, who has helped organize this event.)
27 February 2011: This month sees the finale of Radikal Newspaper's monthly design supplement. The article I wrote (in Turkish) for this final issue is entitled Tahrir Meydani: Isyanin 'VernakÃ¼ler'i ("Tahrir Square: The Vernacular of Insurrection"). On my blog is a quick translation for English speakers.
January 2011: I am starting to pursue my PhD degree in Architecture History and Theory at University College London (the Bartlett), under the supervision of Dr Jan Kenneth Birksted (Architecture) and Dr Ruth Mandel (Anthropology).
13 and 17 December 2010: The documentary entitled Accommodating Roughhouse, which is one of the works I produced as part of my master's thesis work, will be screened at two architecture schools in Istanbul. On December 13th, Istanbul Technical University's Taskisla campus will host the event in room 127, at 17:30. And on December 17th, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University will host the screening in the 'Video Conference' room at their Findikli campus, at 16:00. Both events will be followed by a discussion. Please follow this link to see the trailer for the documentary. (Many thanks to GÃ¼lsah Aykac and Kerem Özcan who have helped organize these screenings.)
8 December 2010: I will present a paper entitled The Problem of Object-Orientedness In the Context of Responsible Design, and Experience Design as an Alternative Approach, at the international "Green Age" symposium organized between 6-8 December by Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, Turkey.
6 July 2010: A paper I coauthored with Kerem Özcan, entitled "Learning From Noor" will be presented as part of the conference entitled Space: The Real and The Abstract. This conference will take place at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK on the 5-6th July 2010.
23 June 2010: Some of the photos I took during the preparation phase of my master's thesis project are going to be exhibited at the Form/Design Center in Malmö Sweden. This exhibition will be entitled Urban Knitting and will stay on until September 5th 2010.
14 June 2010: The documentary entitled Accommodating Roughhouse, which is one of the components of my master's thesis work, will be screened at Tellus Bio. Tellus Bio is a small movie theater in Stockholm where mostly independent films are shown. The event will start at 19.30 and be facilitated by Södra Förstaden. A discussion will follow the screening of the documentary. Please follow this link to see the trailer for this documentary.
20-30 May 2010: The results of my master's thesis research are presented under the title Postmodernamuseet as part of the Konstfack 2010 Degree Show. Please follow this link to access Postmodernamuseet's website. The documentary entitled Accommodating Roughhouse which is one of the works I have produced at the end of my research project will be screened at Konstfack on 24 May at 16.00. Please follow this link to see the trailer for this documentary.
13-14 May 2010: I will present a paper entitled Ways of Peeing: Traces of Modernity In the Public Lavatory at the ""Deciphering The Object"" conference organized by Izmir University of Economics Faculty of Fine Arts and Design in Turkey.
April 2010: The findings from a project that I took part in last December are published. Entitled Tracing the borders: A collective reaction from emerging European artists to their contemporary cultural environments this project comprised tens of email conversations between young individuals with backgrounds in art crafts and design. You can access the book online via this link.
March 2010: The Turkish architecture and design magazine XXI published an article I wrote entitled 'Science' and 'Fiction' in Design. A collage of this article and the one I wrote on the Stockholm Furniture Fair for Radikal Tasarım is published by the online magazine Boltart.net.
28 February 2010: This month Radikal Newspaper's monthly design supplement published two articles I wrote in Turkish. The first one is entitled Belleğin Tasarımı. Click here to access an online version via Boltart.net. On my blog is a quick translation for English speakers. The second article I wrote for this month's Radikal Tasarım is entitled 2010 Stokholm Mobilya Fuari: Ãœretim artik zihinlerde olsa da meseleler hala bedensel. This article is a review of the 2010 Stockholm Furniture Fair. I will merge this review with the one I wrote (also on the same event) for XXI Architecture and Design Magazine and soon make this longer article accessible via the internet. For the time being here is the version published today by Radikal Tasarım.
31 January 2010: This month's article I wrote (in Turkish) for Radikal Newspaper's monthly design supplement is entitled Seri Tasarım: Tasarımcının seri ürettiği fikirler endüstrinin seri ürettiği tasarımlara karşı. Click here to access an online version via Boltart.net. Here is a quick English translation I made for those who do not speak Turkish.
21-22 January 2010: I will present a paper (in English) entitled Design in Times of Crisis: The 'Utility Scheme' Example from 1940s Britain as part of the international seminar ""War Perspectives: Architecture and Planning in Italy and beyond (1938-1945)"" in Milano. This presentation will be a revised English version of the one I gave in Turkish as part of the National Design Congress in Istanbul (see below). The seminar will take place in Aula S01 at the Politecnico di Milano on 21th-22nd of January from 10.00 a.m to 6.00 pm.
December 2009: This month's article I wrote (in Turkish) for Radikal Newspaper's monthly design supplement is entitled Tasarımcının Disipliner Tedirginliği. Click here to access an online version via Boltart.net. Here is a quick English translation I made for those who do not speak Turkish.
November 2009: Radikal Newspaper's monthly design supplement published an article I wrote in Turkish entitled Üretken Tasarım: Özgün Kopyalardan Oluşan Bir Dünyaya Doğru. Click here to access an online version via Boltart.net. I have made a quick translation for English speakers and put it up on my blog.
8-10 October 2009: I will present a paper (in Turkish) entitled Kriz Dönemlerinde Tasarım: 1940'lar Britanyası'ndan 'Utility Scheme' Örneği at the National Design Congress in Istanbul Turkey.
1-22 June 2009: I will take part in a full-scholarship course at Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania. Please find more info here.