I joined CARMAH in May, 2017 as a member of “Media and Mediation” project . I intend to pursue the experiences of Türkiyeli* queer migrants in Berlin with a focus on their digital media practices. Using the complementary methodologies of online and offline ethnography, I will research the sexualized and racialized boundaries of the Türkiyeli queer identity and its interplay with neoliberal accounts of “queer scene” in Berlin.
In January, 2016, I completed my MA in Cultural Studies at Sabancı University with a thesis entitled “Negotiating Queer Public Visibility: Experiences of LGBTI Residents in Kurtuluş, İstanbul”. In my current research, engaging in dialogue with studies on sexuality, migration and digital media, I aim to develop a critical understanding on the liberal sexual politics and queer manifestations.
*Türkiyeli is preferred to include the ethnic variety of the Turkish speaking communities coming from Republic of Turkey who are not necessarily identified as Turkish.