What’s in a Kiss?

On a late October day in 2016, police detained 17 journalists in a raid on the Istanbul offices of Turkey’s oldest newspaper, Cumhuriyet, as part of the post-July 15 coup attempt purge. It took eight months for the Cumhuriyet trial to begin, with the first verdicts given in late July. While some journalists were released, others […]

The Voice of Hunger, Part 2

A Two Part Series on Lives Sacrificed under Turkey’s State of Emergency For Nuriye, Semih and many other brave souls who choose to carry on… Part 2: Hunger In January 2017, Gülmen and Özakça hinted at the possibility of a hunger strike if the Turkish state continued to dismiss their demands. On March 9, they […]

The Voice of Hunger, Part 1

A Two Part Series on Lives Sacrificed under Turkey’s State of Emergency For Nuriye, Semih and many other brave souls who choose to carry on… Part 1: The Statue of Human Rights In Ankara’s Yüksel Street, there is a sculpture. It depicts a woman sitting on a chair and reading a copy of the Declaration […]

Turkey Votes

The Turkish referendum could extend President Erdoğan’s one-man rule. A piece of bicolored paper. On the left is printed EVET (YES), in black font over a white background, and on the right, HAYIR (NO), in black font over a light brown background. A regular A8 sheet of paper such as this ballot I am holding […]

The Docile Ethnographer?

On Self-Censure and Fieldwork “Looking forward to reading more in this series. Would have liked to retweet it, but I’m not touching anything critical until I’m done with fieldwork and out of the country. Some informants follow me on twitter. So, yeah…” This was one of the several messages I received following the publication of […]