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Elif Sarı

Turkey Page Co-Editor

First Thoughts on the Elections in Turkey: A Roundtable

[Supporters at an HDP meeting, Istanbul, 30 May 2015. Image via Alfonso Ianniello /]

On 7 June 2015, Turkey held a general election to elect the 550 members of the Grand National Assembly and form the Twenty-Fifth Parliament of Turkey. Those who have followed politics in Turkey have watched a tense, and even violent, political scene emerge over the past few weeks. The pre-election period was shaped by vehement election campaigns by the vying political parties, as they put forward their agendas. The period was also dominated by debates over the alleged ...

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In Memory of Ozgecan Aslan: Sexual Violence and the Juridical System in Turkey

[Ozgecan Aslan. Image via Flickr.]

This piece is written as a farewell to Ozgecan Aslan, a twenty-year-old university student, who was stabbed to death after she was raped. Her remains were found on 13 February, burnt and thrown into a river by three men. I slept with a heavy heart that night and woke up even grimmer and more outraged. Another terrible piece of news from Turkey, my home country, where nearly every day men brutally kill, sexually harass, and rape women. Where everyday acts of walking on the ...

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The State v. Individual: On State Crimes and Judicial Parody in Turkey

[A protester wears a mask with an image of Ethem Sarisuluk as the trial against the policeman accused of killing him starts in Ankara, 23 September 2013. The placard reads:

Let me make the hardest list of my life, for those who have not followed what has happened in Turkey during and in the wake of the Gezi Protests that began in the summer of 2013. On 1 June, Ethem Sarisuluk, a twenty-six-year-old laborer and activist, was shot in the head by a policeman in Ankara during the Gezi Park protests. He died after spending two weeks in the intensive care unit. On 2 June, Ali Ismail Korkmaz, a nineteen-year-old student, was beaten brutally by a group ...

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Elif Sarı


Elif Sarı is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Cornell University. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, borders, immigration, asylum, displacement, law, and violence in the Middle East. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Sciences at Boğaziçi University in Turkey, and her master's degree in Near Eastern Studies at New York University, where she studied the intersections on sexuality, law, and violence by examining LGBTQ asylum in Turkey. She is Co-Editor of the Turkey Page, as well Co-Editor of the Turkey Media Roundup, at Jadaliyya.