[P6388] Feeling Gender in Turkey

Created by Zeynep Korkman
Tuesday, 11/30/21 11:30 am


The panel seeks to foster a provincializing of the affective turn in social sciences and humanities (Clough and Halley 2007 ) by highlighting non-Western conceptual and sources to think affect with. In conversation with a growing body of scholarship on affects and feelings that has been predominantly informed by Euro-American contexts and canons (Ahmed 2014; Berlant 2011; Cvetkovich 2012; Stewart 2011), this panel draws upon the recent turn toward affect in Turkish studies and affiliated fields (Açıksöz 2019; Biner 2019; Gill 2017; Parla 2019; Stokes 2010). The panel further seeks to contribute to feminist analysis within studies of affect with focused attention to the gendered evocations and circulations of public and private feelings. The papers collectively inquire how femininities and masculinities that take shape at the intersections of Turkish nationalism, militarism, neoliberalization, Islamism, misogyny, and homophobia are felt affectively on the surfaces of everyday life. Traversing the life worlds of feminist and peace activists who mobilize anger and empathy to forge solidarity, Kurdish women who navigate the landscape of a gendered war “spaced out” with antidepressants, Armenian mothers who carry on the affective weight of loss and continuity with their lullabies, and Kurdish gay men who broker racialized intimacies in an hostile urban landscape. Together these papers highlight how the circulation of affective genres and embodied practices as diverse as feminist manifestos, court defenses, lullabies, cruising, and intoxication conjure diverse gendered subjects, relationalities, and collectivities.

Açıksöz, Salih Can. 2019. Sacrificial Limbs: Masculinity, Disability, and Political Violence in Turkey. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Ahmed, Sara. 2004. “Affective Economies.” Social Text 22 (2): 117–39.
Berlant, Lauren. 2011. Cruel Optimism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Biner, Zerrin Ozlem. 2019. States of Dispossession: Violence and Precarious Coexistence in Southeast Turkey. University of Pennsylvania Press.
Clough, Patricia Ticineto and Jean Halley. 2007. The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Cvetkovich, Ann. 2012. Depression: A Public Feeling. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Gill, Denise. 2017. Melancholic Modalities: Affect, Islam, and Turkish Classical Musicians New York: Oxford University Press.
Parla, Ayşe. 2019. Precarious Hope: Migration and the Limits of Belonging in Turkey. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
Stewart, Kathleen. 2011. "Atmospheric Attunements." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29 (3): 445-453.
Stokes, Martin. 2010. The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


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Yael Navaro

(University of Cambridge)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant; Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Zeynep Korkman

(University of California Los Angeles)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Nisa Goksel

(Arizona State University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Emrah Karakus

(University of Arizona)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Umut Yildirim

(Freie Universität Berlin)
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