I am a PhD student at Humboldt University since October 2021. For my project, I research the memory works produced for the victims of the far-right terror organization National Socialist Underground (NSU), which in the early 2000s attacked people marked as Turkish/Muslim in different cities of Germany. The commemoration process starting with the exposure of NSU in 2011, has opened a sphere of diversification of the culture of remembrance, through which we can rethink the meaning of belonging and commonality in a postmigrant society. By following the initiatives, artists and activists in this field I will focus on the negotiation processes of the memory work. My thesis is supervised by Prof. Dr Magdelana Buchczyk.
I studied sociology in Turkey, at Boğaziçi University (BA) and Istanbul Şehir University (MA). With a thesis titled: “The Role of Social Memory in a Heritage Site: The Case of Mevlanakapı Neighborhood and the Land Walls.” I earned my Master in 2019. Before starting my PhD journey, I worked as a lecturer and a research assistant at various universities, besides my volunteer work in various NGOs working in the field of confrontation with the past. My research interests are social memory studies, confrontation with the past, critical heritage studies and urban studies.