On 28 February 2018, Funda Ustek Spilda joined a panel on freedom of speech in Turkey, titled “The erosion of free speech in Turkey: Why were key institutions defeated?” at SEESOX (South Eastern European Studies), University of Oxford; jointly organised Free Speech Debate Project at University of Oxford. The panel also included Kemal Göktaş (Cumhuriyet;[…]
On 16 February 2018, Funda Ustek Spilda delivered a talk on their joint paper with Stephan Scheel, titled “On the Politics of Expertise and Ignorance in the Field of Migration Management” at a one-day symposium on the role of digital communication technologies and data for humanitarian practice. The symposium was held at Goldsmiths, University of[…]
Funda Ustek-Spilda has recently published a chapter in an edited volume, titled “Turkey’s Syrians: Today and Tomorrow”, edited by Deniz Eroğlu Utku, K. Onur Unutulmaz, Ibrahim Sirkeci. Funda’s chapter, “Deserving Refugee or Undeserving Migrant? The Politics of the Refugee Category in Turkey” investigates the uncertain and fluid categories used for Syrians in Turkey both in official and[…]
Funda Ustek’s chapter (with Oguz Alyanak) titled “The ‘Unique Blend’: Reframing Womanhood through Turkish Drama Series” is published in Caroline B. Brettell & Carolyn F. Sargent’s recent edited volume: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective. The book is now available on Routledge’s website and other retailers.
Funda Ustek-Spilda contributes to the Political and Legal Anthropology blog with Oguz Alyanak from Washington University in St. Louis, with an article titled: “Is it Over? On the Melancholy of Lost Hope”. They address the “melancholy of lost hope” that has set in for many following the recent constitutional referendum in Turkey. Ustek-Spilda and Alyanak[…]
Funda Ustek gave a talk at South Eastern European Studies at Oxford University (SEESOX) workshop titled: “Turkey’s turmoil and the West’s conundrum:How should Europe and the US approach post-coup Turkey?”. She addressed the topic of Authoritarianism and Human Rights Violations in Turkey, focusing on violations of academic freedom.
Funda Ustek presented a paper from her PhD titled “Choosing to be “Invisible”, Dying to become ‘Visible’: The (non)organisation of domestic workers in Turkey” at a conference jointly organised by Consortium for European Symposia on Turkey (CEST) and Centre de recherches internationales (CERI) at SciencesPo in Paris, 1-2 December 2016. Full conference programme can be reached here.[…]
Funda delivered a seminar on “(Gu)es(s)timating the refugee numbers in the EU: Borders, Numbers and Practices” at the Borders, Citizenship & Mobility: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Geopolitics of Encounter at King’s College London on 21 November 2016. She discussed the uncertainties in the production of refugee statistics and investigated how these certainties render specific forms of knowledge and[…]