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Nicholas Glastonbury

Turkey Page Co-Editor

'What Does the State Want from Dead Bodies?': Suruç and the History of Unmournability

[Protestors in Istanbul carry coffins of those who died in the suicide bombing in Suruç, 23 July 2015.]

Since 20 July, when a suicide bomber in the town of Suruç killed thirty-two socialist activists on their way to help rebuild Kobanê in northern Syria, Turkey has devolved into a de facto state of emergency. While Turkish police began operations across the country and have arrested approximately one thousand leftist activists and revolutionaries affiliated with the Kurdish movement under the guise of disarming and dismantling ISIS on the domestic front, protests over the ...

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Nicholas Glastonbury


Nicholas Glastonbury is a translator and a doctoral student in cultural anthropology at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. His research interests include Turkish and Kurdish nationalisms, queer studies, violence, law, affect, and political ecology. He is a co-editor of Jadaliyya's Turkey Media Roundup.