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Zeynep Kurtulus Korkman and Salih Can Aciksoz


Erdogan’s Masculinity and the Language of the Gezi Resistance

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Most observers of Turkey have been surprised by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unwillingness to compromise with the Gezi Park protestors, whose resistance for the preservation of an İstanbul park has transformed into a nationwide wave of popular urban protests—despite ongoing efforts at violent suppression—and threatens to become a full-fledged political, and economic, crisis. When Erdoğan hastily left the country for a North Africa trip after the escalation of ...

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Zeynep Kurtulus Korkman and Salih Can Aciksoz


Zeynep Kurtulus Korkman received her PhD in sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara (2011). She is an assistant professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include gender, public space, religion and the occult, secularism, cultural politics, women’s labor, and feminist activism in Turkey. Her article, ““Fortunes for Sale: Commodification of Culture and Cultural Politics in Millennial Turkey,” is forthcoming in the European Journal of Cultural Studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Gendered Fortunes: Occult Economies and Feminized Publics in Secular Turkey.”

Salih Can Aciksoz is a Mellon faculty fellow at the College of William and Mary. He is starting this fall as an Assistant Professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. His research interests include violence, masculinity, embodiment and disability, trauma, state formation, nationalism, social movements, reproductive health, and new reproductive technologies. His article “Sacrificial Limbs of Sovereignty: Disabled Veterans, Masculinity, and Nationalist Politics in Turkey” appeared in Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Among his forthcoming publications are “Ghazis or Beggars: The Double Life of Turkish Disabled Veterans” and “In Vitro Nationalism: War, Masculinity, and Turkish Disabled Veterans’ Quest for Fatherhood.” He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Sacrificial Limbs of Sovereignty: Gender, Violence, and Embodied Politics in Turkey.”