Meltem Ahıska

Meltem Ahıska
Goldsmiths College
PSB 206
Phone Number: 
+90 212 359 7063
Areas of Interest: 


Critical theory

Social memory

Aesthetics and Politics


Courses Taught: 

Soc 564 Issues in Contemporary Society;  Soc 504 Sociological Theory; Soc 478 Social Memory; Soc 471 Advanced Issues in Social Theory; Soc 462 Sociology of Gender; Soc 324 Power and Inequality; Soc 272 Culture and Society; Soc 273 Sociology of Visual Culture; Soc 271 History of Sociological Conceptualization; Soc 108 Sociological Analysis; Soc 101 Introduction to Sociology.

Research Projects: 

The Imperial Complex: Monumentalization and Counter-monumentalization in Turkey, The Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities Fellowship, 2014.

The Politics of Archives: the appropriation/destruction of history and memory in Turkey, funded by Boğaziçi University Scientific Research Projects Centre, 2007-2012.

A research and exhibition project on the representations of life-styles in Turkey in between 1980-2005, with Zafer Yenal, funded by the Ottoman Bank, 2005-2006.

Collaboration with Andrew Barry in “Social and Human Rights Impact Assessment and the Governance of Technology”, a research project on Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline project conducted in Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, funded by ESRC, 2003-2005.

A research and exhibition project on human rights in Turkey with Zafer Yenal, funded by History Foundation, 2003-2004.

Selected Publications: 

“Memory as Encounter: The Saturday Mothers in Turkey” in Women Mobilizing Memory, eds. Ayşe Gül Altınay, María José Contreras, Marianne Hirsch, Jean Howard, Banu Karaca, and Alisa Solomon, Columbia University Press, 2019.

“Violence against Women in Turkey: Vulnerability, Sexuality, and Eros” in Vulnerability in Resistance, eds. Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti, Leticia Sabbay, Duke University Press, 2016.

“Orientalism/Occidentalism” Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, eds. Robert Segal, Kocku von Stuckrad, Leiden: Brill, 2015.

“Monsters That Remember: Tracing the story of the Workers’ Monument in Tophane, Istanbul” New Perspectives on Turkey, no.45: 9-47, 2011.