Einstein Foundation Berlin'in "Wissenschaftsfreiheit" programı tarafından finanse edilen, Berlin Humboldt Üniversitesi Einstein Fellows Research Group, Türkiye'de eleştirel akademi arka planından gelen sekiz araştırmacıdan oluşmaktadır. Grubun araştırma odağı iki yönlüdür: Araştırmacılardan dördü, Göç ve Entegrasyon Hakkında Empirik Araştırmalar Berlin Enstitüsü'ne (BIM) bağlıdır ve zorunlu göç ve diasporalar üzerine çalışırlar. Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü'ne (ISW) ve Hukuk ve Toplum Birleştirici Araştırma Enstitüsü'ne (IRI) bağlı çalışan diğer dört araştırmacının ana araştırma odağı ise Türkiye'de artan otoriter rejimdir.

Einstein Fellows Research Group, yaptıkları Türkiye odaklı araştırmalarla, Sosyal bilimler Enstitüsü'ndeki "Blickwechsel: Çağdaş Türkiye Araştırmaları" programının hali hazırda kurulu ağına değerli bir katkı sağlamaktadır. Bu işbirliği çerçevesinde, ortaklaşa düzenlenen etkinlikler ve pek çok farklı düzeyde işbirlikleri gerçekleştirilmektedir.


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Coordinator of Einstein research group

Urszula Woźniak

Research Group Coordinator
Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Social Sciences
Contact: +49 30 2093 66606
Languages: German, English, Turkish, Polish, French

Anne Berger

Research Group Coordinator – Currently in Parental Leave
Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Social Sciences
Contact: +49 30 2093 66606
Languages: German, English, Turkish, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, Nepalese, Arabic

Nadja Helin Yakut

Research Assistant
Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Social Sciences
Contact: yakutnad@hu-berlin.de
Languages: German, English, Spanish, Arabic, French

Özcan Candemir

Research Assistant
Humboldt University in Berlin, Department of Social Sciences, German-Turkish Master Program (GeT-MA)
Languages: German, English, Turkish, Spanish

Current Einstein Fellows

Latife Akyüz

CV: Latife Akyüz received her PhD from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara in 2013, with the dissertation titled '"Ethnicity and Gender Dynamics of Living in Borderlands: The Case of Hopa-Turkey". She has held positions as a visiting scholar at Indiana University (2010), Binghamton University (2011–12) and the Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies, Liege University (2014). She worked as an Assistant Professor at Duzce University from March 2014 until 2016, when she, like many other Academics for Peace, were dismissed from her position. As a result, Dr. Akyuz was forced to flee Turkey and started to work as Philipp Schwartz Fellow at Goethe University (2016-2019). Her research interests are border regions, migration, ethnicity, and gender. Long CV

Trans-Exile Intellectuals: "Continuities and Breaks in Knowledge Production Processes in Transnational Social Space"
The main focus of the research is to identify, to discuss and to explore, how knowledge production process of exile academics ruptured, what meanings/ experiences/ identifications transferred/ attached to new life in Germany and what kind of new developments occurred or difficulties created by the status of 'being exile' for intellectuals who fled from Turkey after coup attempt in July 2016.

Contact: latifeakyuz@gmail.com

Gülçin Balamir Coşkun

CV: Gülçin Balamir Coşkun obtained her PhD degree from the International Relations Program at Istanbul University. She received her undergraduate degree from Galatasaray University and MA degree from University Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research focuses on authoritarianism of the Turkish political system, democratic theory, political violence, and refugees.

"Analysis of Media Control as a Symptom of Democratic Backsliding in the AKP Era"
This project aims to analyse the role of media control to hamper opposition forces to challenge AKP's dominance. It also seeks to understand how polarization is used as a way of legitimation for antidemocratic policies and practices.

Contact: guelcin.coskun@hu-berlin.de


Begüm Başdaş

CV: Begüm received her PhD in Geography from the University of California Los Angeles (2007) and her MA in Art History from the University of California Riverside (2001). Her BA was in Sociology at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. She also has a background as a human rights defender at Amnesty International Turkey.

"Masculinities on the Move: Spatial Politics of Solidarity and Care Among Refugees in Germany and Greece"
Begüm's current research is on human rights, gender, sexuality, and migration. She focuses on the re-construction of masculinities of refugee men as they move across European borders. She explores how Afghan refugee men through their everyday spatial practices build relations of care and solidarity in Berlin and Lesvos island.

Contact: bbasdas@icloud.com


Burcu Binbuğa

CV: Burcu received her PhD degree in Political Science from Middle East Technical University (METU). She worked as a Research Assistant at the Political Science Department at METU. She held research fellowships at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz and Institut für Sozialwissenschaften at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, awarded by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Her research interests include social movements, environmental activism, Turkish politics, and authoritarianism.

"Activism in the Face of Authoritarianism: Environmental Movements in Contemporary Turkey"
This research examines the environmental movements as a new mode of activism in the face of authoritarianism in contemporary Turkey. As a follow-up to the qualitative field research conducted in Turkey, this study focuses on contemporary environmental movements regarding their potential of creating cracks and ruptures in authoritarian regimes.

Contact: kinikbur@hu-berlin.de

Tuba İnal-Çekiç

CV: She got her PhD degree by the Urban and Regional Planning Department of Yıldız Technical University. She worked at HafenCity University Hamburg from Sept. 2017 to Nov. 2108 as part of a ERC Horizon 2020 team on participation in mobility related projects. Her research interests are focused on urban movements and urban commons from a participatory governance perspective. Long CV

"Brutal Urban Policy for/of an Authoritarian Regime: Centralization of the Urban Governance and Struggles Against the State Hegemony"
The study analyses the neo-liberal and brutal shift in urban restructuring of Turkey departing from most prominent spatial interventions in Istanbul. The proposed research aims to introduce the urban resistance movements in a repressive environment and the solidarity amongst the organizations that wage struggles against the brutal urban change.

Contact: inalcekt@hu-berlin.de


Zeynep Kıvılcım

CV: She is an associate professor of public international law. She got her MA and PhD degrees from Université Paris II. In Germany, she taught at Göttingen University, Osnabrück University, and Humboldt University and was fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Long CV

"The Politics of Legality of the Authoritarian Regime in Turkey"
The research will investigate the role of law and courts in the construction of Turkey's authoritarian regime. It will critically discuss the politics of legality in Turkey's judiciary between 2014-2019. It will also investigate the possibilities to make use of law, both substantially and instrumentally, for resisting the establishment of the authoritarian rule of law.

Contact: zeynep.kivilcim@hu-berlin.de


Melehat Kutun

CV: She has received her PhD. degree from Gazi University, Ankara. She has been a visiting PhD student at University of York (2009-2010), researcher at University of York in England (2015-2016), researcher at EHES Social Sciences, FMSH Paris, France (November-February 2017). She worked as a research Assistant at Gazi University, as an Assistant Professor at Mersin University (2003-2016). She has been a guest lecturer (April-July 2017) and Philipp Schwartz fellow (2017-2020) at Universität Kassel.
Melahat Kutun currently works on the contemporary Turkish politics, critical state theories and migration.

"The 'humanitarian' face of the state: Refugee integration, labour regime and state restructuring in Germany"

The aim of the study is twofold: to understand the role of the state agents/actors in the integration of refugees into the labour market, and to contribute to the theoretical conversation between state theory (Poulantzas and Bourdieu) and migration studies. The study takes 2015 as a starting point assuming that the refugee influx began to be reflected in the refugee integration policies and the labour market policies concomitantly. The basic assumption of the research is that refugee integration policy is first and foremost a labour market policy. The study will contribute to the discussions and the literature through answering the questions; Which institutional and political-administrative mechanisms have an impact on the refugee integration policies and how different conflicting actors, political/social/economic, influence these policies in the context of labour market?

Contact: kutunmel@hu-berlin.de

Özlem Savaş

CV: She received her Dr. phil. degree from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She worked as Assistant Professor at Bilkent University and held research fellowships at The Brandenburg Center for Media Studies (ZeM) and the University of Konstanz. Her research focuses on migration studies and media studies, with a particular attention to everyday life.

"Digital Spaces of New Migrants from Turkey: Collectivities, Affinities, and Affective Politics"
This engaged ethnographic research focuses on affective digital media environments and practices that accompany the recent migration from Turkey. It aims to explore how forms of collectivity, solidarity, and affective politics are shaped and reshaped by translocal flows and repertoires of collective, public, and political feelings.

Contact: oezlem.savas@hu-berlin.de


Zafer Yılmaz

CV: He has received his PhD. degree from Ankara University. He has been a researcher and visiting scholar at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Brunel University London, the University of California Berkeley and Universität Potsdam. He works currently on the rise of authoritarianism, transformation of the rule of law and citizenship in Turkey. Long CV

The Genealogy of Turkish "Exceptional" State: The State of Emergency Policies, Constitutionalism and Citizenship in Turkey
This research examines the impacts of state of emergency and martial law policies on the constitutionalism and legal and constitutional foundations of citizenship from 1960 military coup to 2019 in Turkey. It aims to reveal deeply rooted legal and the political mechanisms, which strengthen the everlasting appeal to the state of emergency policies in the country.

Contact: zafer.yilmaz@hu-berlin.de

Former Einstein Fellows

Sinem Adar

CV: Sinem Adar has received her PhD degree in Sociology from Brown University and MSc degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Between January and October 2019, she was part of the Einstein Fellow Research Group and examined struggles over the parameters of inclusion into and exclusion from the political community, thus asking how these struggles shape and are shaped by identification processes.

"City as a gaze into inclusion and exclusion: Turkish-origin inhabitants of/in Berlin"
In her new project, Sinem Adar explores the material and emotional conditions of belonging as experienced by Turkish-origin inhabitants of/in Berlin. This research is a follow-up to the qualitative research she conducted last year to explore how and to which ends migrants from Turkey and their Germany born children engage with increasingly authoritarian and conservative Turkish politics.


Özgür Çiçek

CV: She received her PhD from Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture programme at Binghamton University (SUNY) in 2016. Between January and September 2019, Özgür Çiçek was part of the Einstein Fellow Research Group. Previous to that, she was a visiting scholar at Brandenburg Centre for Media studies (ZeM), and Luigi Einaudi Chair Scholar at Cornell University. Her research interests include national/transnational cinemas, 'minor' cinemas, memory studies, and documentary filmmaking.

"Turning memories into Films: Kurdish filmmaking in Germany"
This project examines the motivations and dynamics behind Kurdish filmmaking in Germany, through interrogating how the film as a form functions for releasing and representing the undocumented memories of Kurdish people who have been migrating to Germany since the 1960s.


Ayşegül Kars Kaynar

CV: She got her PhD degree from the Political Science Department of Middle East Technical University. She has been a researcher at New School for Social Research, and visiting fellow in Hamburg University, TürkeiEuropaZentrum. Her research interests involve contemporary Turkish politics, legal studies, securitization policies, and civil-military relations.

"The End of the Peace Process and Turkey's New Political Regime"
The project examines transformation of parliamentary democracy in Turkey between June 2015 and April 2017. It pays particular attention to how legitimacy principle of the regime shifted away from majoritarianism, and argues that the state of emergency regime since July 2016 is a consequence, rather than the cause of this transformation.

Contact: karskaya@hu-berlin.de