Prof. Dr. Arzu Öztürkmen

Trained in folklore studies, Arzu Öztürkmen is professor of folklore, oral history and performance studies at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. She published several articles on the cultural history of Turkey and is the author of Türkiye’de Folklor ve Milliyetçilik (1998) and Raksdan Oyuna: Türkiye’de Dansın Modern Halleri (2016). Öztürkmen is also the co-editor of Medieval and Early Modern Performance in the Eastern Mediterranean (2014) and Celebration, Entertainment and Theater in the Ottoman World (2014). Her research interests include oral history, folklore, history of performing arts and historical ethnography in the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean region. Her latest research consists of the memory and genre in Turkish television drama.

Prof. Dr. Ayse Caglar

Ayşe Çağlar is a Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vienna University and a Permanent Fellow at IWM. She received her PhD at McGill University, Department of Anthropology and Habilitation in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Free University, Berlin. Before joining University of Vienna she was a professor and the chair of Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University, Budapest and was a Minerva Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen. She has held visiting professorships in several universities in Europe and was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (IUE), Florence. She is a member of Academia Europaea and the Science Academy Society of Turkey. 

She has widely published on processes of migration, urban restructuring, transnationalization and the state, and of dispossession and displacement. Her most recent comparative empirical research addressed the location of migrants in city-making processes especially in disempowered cities. In addition to her several journal articles, she is the co-author of Migrants and City Making: Dispossession, Displacement, and Urban Regeneration Duke University Press, 2018 and the and the co‐author of Locating Migration: Rescaling Cities and Migrants, co‐edited by Nina Glick Schiller. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Emine Fişek

Emine Fişek is Assistant Professor in the Department of Western Languages and Literatures at Boğaziçi University. She is the author of Aesthetic Citizenship: Immigration and Theater in Twenty-First-Century Paris (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and Theatre & Community (Red Globe Press, 2019). She has published articles in Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, Text and Performance Quarterly, Comparative Drama and French Cultural Studies. Her current research is on the impact that cultural memory, urban transformation and international migration have had on Turkish theatre in the twenty-first century. Prior to joining the faculty at Boğaziçi, Fişek was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eser Selen

Eser Selen’s research interests are at the intersection of feminisms, performance studies,gender and sexuality studies, queer studies, and contemporary art. She has been publishing several book chapters and in such journals as Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory and International Journal of Communication and Kybernetes. Selen is also a visual artist whose work encompasses performance art, installation, and video. She has exhibited and performed in Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and Australia. She holds an associate professor position at the Department of Visual Communication Design and Gender and Women’s Studies Research Center, Kadir Has University, Istanbul.

Prof. Dr. Hülya Adak

Hülya Adak is the Director of SU Gender (Sabancı University’s Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence). Since 2018, she has been Professor of Ottoman and Turkish Studies at the Free University of Berlin. At Sabancı University, she co-founded the Cultural Studies BA and MA programs and Gender Studies PhD Programs. Her most relevant publications include: Critical Approaches to Genocide: History, Politics and Aesthetics of 1915 (with F. Müge Göçek ve Ron Suny, Routledge 2020), Halide Edib und Politische Gewalt (Duncker und Humblot Berlin, 2020), Performing Turkishness: Politics of Theatre in Turkey and its Diasporas (with Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay, 2018),

Halide Edib ve Siyasal Şiddet (Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2016), Hundert Jahre Türkei: Zeitzeugen erzählen (with Erika Glassen, Unionsverlag 2014, 2010), So ist das, meine Schöne (with Ayşe Gül Altınay, Esin Düzel, Nilgün Bayraktar, Orlanda Frauenverlag Berlin, 2009), işte böyle güzelim…(with Ayşe Gül Altınay, Esin Düzel, Nilgün Bayraktar, Sel Yayıncılık, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008) Her articles in the fields of gender studies, memory and trauma studies, empire studies and nationalism, the history of human rights, literature, theater and film studies have been published in prominent journals, such as the PMLA, South Atlantic Quarterly, Comparative Drama, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Journal of Genocide Research, New Perspectives on Turkey, and Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte. Adak is on the Academic Advisory Board of the International Hrant Dink Foundation and Orient Institute Istanbul der Max Weber Stiftung. She is currently working on a book project in collaboration with Melanie Tanielian and Erdağ Göknar on Afterlives: Remnants, Ruins and Representations of the Armenian Genocide. (Duke UP, forthcoming) For further information on her publications,

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Karen Shimakawa

Karen Shimakawa is AssociateProfessor in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the author of National Abjection: The Asian American Body Onstage (2003) and co-editor of Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (2001) with Kandice Chuh.Her research and teaching focus on critical race theory, law and performance, and Asian American performance.She is currently researching a project on the political and ethical performativity of discomfort.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Murat Cankara

Murat Cankara majored in history and theory of theatre. He received his PhD, in Turkish literature, from Bilkent University with a dissertation titled “Empire and Novel: Placing Armeno-Turkish Novels in Ottoman/Turkish Literary Historiography” where he focused on the novels written by Ottoman Armenians in the Turkish language using the Armenian script between 1850 and 1870. He was a Fulbright visiting fellow at Harvard University, in the departments of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, in the academic year 2007-2008 and a 2012-13 Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he gave a course on Armeno-Turkish texts. He is currently a member of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Social Sciences University of Ankara and is particularly interested in the historiography of Ottoman/Turkish theatre and popular performances, the nineteenth-century literary culture of the Ottoman Empire, encounters between Armenians and Turks, as well as modern Ottoman/Turkish literature.