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Sera Tolgay

Meydan Politics: Taksim in Flux after Gezi

Political engagement in contemporary democracies can easily be reduced to private individuals voting separately in anonymity. Yet, politics is a state of constant negotiation, preferably where individuals are in each other’s presence to articulate their public concerns. Perhaps, as a physical space, the meydan comes closest in this day and age to what Hannah Arendt calls “space of appearance” in the polis, where being in public is synonymous with politics.[1] Istanbul’s ...

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Sera Tolgay

Sera Tolgay has experience working on various urban development projects at UNDP, EMBARQ Turkey, and Studio-X Istanbul. She received her B.A. from Yale University and is a Master in City Planning candidate at MIT.