Dr. Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay completed his BA in Philosophy and Sociology, and his MA in Philosophy at Boğaziçi University. He obtained his PhD in Performance Studies at New York University in 2016. Following postdoctoral positions at New York University, the University of Vienna, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Sabancı University, he joined the Visual Communication Design Department at Kadir Has University as a visiting scholar. Dr. Altınay’s primary research areas are theories of media and performance, theater and performance studies, gender and sexuality studies, memory studies, and the cultural history of Turkey. His work in these fields appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Radical History Review, Feminist Media Studies, Transgender Studies Quarterly,
Women’s Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, and the Journal of Women’s History, and the “Performing Turkishness” special issue of Comparative Drama that he co-edited with Professor Hülya Adak. Dr. Altınay’s research has been supported by a number of international and national grants and fellowships, including the European Research Council Starting Grant, Young Scientist Award (BAGEP), The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey EU FP (Horizon 2020) Success Award, SALT Research Center and Library Grant, Pasold Grant for Research in the History of Textiles, Koç University Center for Gender Studies Research Award, The History Project Research Grant (Harvard University and University of Cambridge), the Ernst Mach Grant (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research), NYU Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, and the Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship. Dr. Altınay has held residential fellowships at the University of Copenhagen, NYU Remarque Institute, NYU Washington D.C., NYU Florence, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Center for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg, and Orient Institute Istanbul. Dr. Altınay currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the ERC Starting Grant project “Staging National Abjection: Theatre and Politics in Turkey and Its Diasporas.” Altınay is also a translator, dramaturg, and playwright with extensive experience.