Ümit Akçay, Assoc.Prof. of Economics, is a founding coop member and a researcher in Labour and Finance working group at RIT. He previously was a visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and later at MEIS in New York University between 2011 and 2015 and was a faculty member of Ordu University, Unye IIBF, Economics Department between 2009 and 2011. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Marmara University, Turkey. He is the co- author of Financialization, Debt Crisis and Collapse: The Future of Global Capitalism (in Turkish, Ankara: Notabene Press, 2014), and the author of Money, Bank, State: The Political Economy of the Central Bank Independence, (in Turkish, Istanbul: SAV Press, 2009); and Planning of Capitalism: Transformation of Planning and the State Planning Organization in Turkey, (in Turkish, Istanbul: SAV Press, 2007). His research focuses on development economics, comparative development studies, economic crises, central banking, and financialization. He writes regularly at Kriz Notları Blog on various aspects of global economic crisis. His other works are avaliable at https://independentresearcher.academia.edu/UA
Eylem Delikanlı is a founding coop member and an oral historian. She holds an MA in Sociology (City University NY) and an MA in Oral History (Columbia University). She is the co-author of the book Keşke Bir Öpüp Koklasaydım (with Ozlem Delikanli in Turkish, Istanbul: Ayrıntı Yayınları September 2013), a work of oral history about the 1980 Coup D’État in Turkey. Her current research as a sequel focuses on the political refugees living in Europe and North America after the Coup. She is a member of Çocuklarız Bir Aradayız initiative – a group working towards building a collective memory of 1980 Coup D’État in Turkey. As an oral historian, Eylem’s work focuses on theories of post memory, collective memory and silence. She continues her research as an ISHR fellow at the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellowship Program at Columbia University.
Gülden Özcan has a PhD in Sociology from Carleton University. Her dissertation Orchestrating the Public: A Contribution to the Critique of Modern Police Power examines the pacification of the proletarian publics through police practices with an emphasis on late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century London. Her areas of interest also include modern Marxist theory, contemporary social and political thought, and neoliberal re-structuration in Turkey. She is the co-editor of A General Police System: Political Economy and Security in the Age of Enlightenment (2009) and Capitalism and Confrontation: Critical Readings (2012). She has contributed to Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research, Moment: Journal of Cultural Studies, Kampfplatz, and The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization. Her commentaries on Turkey appeared in The Bullet (Socialist Project, E-Bulletin
Emre Çetin Gürer is a Ph.D. candidate and a part-time instructor in philosophy at Villanova University, USA. His research areas are critical space theory, philosophy of history, radical democracy, urban justice, counter-mapping and social movement studies. He holds B.A and M.A. degrees in political science from Bogazici University, Turkey, and an M.A. degree in philosophy from Villanova University. He has written in journals and newspapers such as Birgün, Cumhuriyet, The European Legacy and Viewpoint. He has taken part in alternative pedagogical projects such as Free University Philadelphia, The Public School and Machete Art Group. He is also an amateur photographer and video-maker.
Çağhan Kızıl is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience in Helmholtz Association, Germany. He obtained his B.Sc. from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; M.Sc. from University of Göttingen, and Ph.D from Max Planck Institute Tübingen, Germany. His researches focus on stem cells and their therapeutic use in Alzheimer’s disease. Besides his scientific publications, Çağhan also writes about academic freedom both in Turkey and abroad.
Aylin Tekiner (b. 1978, Nevşehir, Turkey) is a New York / İstanbul based artist and activist. She undertook her B.A. and M.A. at Hacettepe University Fine Arts, Sculpture Department in Ankara, Turkey. In 2008 she received her PhD at Ankara University, Institute of Educational Sciences, Cultural Fundamentals of Education Department in Ankara, Turkey. Her book “Ataturk Statues: Cult, Esthetics, and Politics” evolved from her PhD thesis and was published by İletişim Yayınları (Turkey) in 2010. Aylin has had solo shows and participated in the group exhibitions throughout Turkey and abroad. She taught New Media, Art, and Activism at Long Island University, New York in 2013. In 2015-2016 academic year, she was awarded as a post-doc by the Yale University School of Drama. Act 1 of her shadow play called Do All Daddies Have Gray Suits? was shown at Satellite Cabaret Festival at Yale in 2016, and Tekiner is presently working on Act 2 and Act 3 which will be shown at a future date. She was awarded as artist grant for this project. She has been living in New York since 2011. She is a member of Collective Memory Platform, which was formed by the families of 28 victims of the political murders in modern Turkey as well as Çocuklarız Bir Aradayız initiative that focuses on the 1980 Coup D’État.
Simten Coşar. Feminist Political Scientist. Retired from Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey) in 2017. She has been researching and writing on Political Thought (in Turkey), Turkey’s politics and political history, feminist politics. Her articles in Turkish have been published in Doğu Batı and Birikim, among other journals. Her articles in English have been published in Journal of Third World Studies, Contemporary Politics, Feminist Review, Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, Monthly Review, among other journals. She co-edited Silent Violence: Neoliberalism, Islamist Politics and the AKP Years in Turkey (Red Quill Books, 2012) (co-editor: Gamze Yücesan-Özdemir). She co-edited Universities in the Neoliberal Era: Academic Cultures and Critical Perspectives (Palgrave, 2017) (co-editor: Hakan Ergül). She has also translated academic works from Turkish to English and from English to Turkish.
Çağlar Dölek is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. He received his BA in International Relations and MA in Political Science from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He has contributed to Science and Society: A Journal of Marxist Thought and Analysis, Austrian Journal of Development Studies, and Praksis. He was the co-editor of the special volume of Praksis on the State, Violence and Coercion in Turkey in the 2000s publishedin January 2016. His commentaries on Turkey have appeared in Birgun Daily, Evrensel Daily and The Bullet, the e-Bulletin of the Socialist Project. His research interests include the critique of political economy, state theory and historical anthropology of the state, law and policing with a particular focus on Turkey.
Bert Azizoğlu is a founding coop member and a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy and Fulbright Scholar at the New School in New York. His research focuses on how financialization shapes labor relations, employment and income distribution in OECD countries. He holds MA degrees in economics and law from the Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as the Rotterdam School of Management at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
Onur Altındağ is a PhD candidate in Economics at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He currently works as an IT Fellow at Baruch College and is a research assistant at the National Bureau of Economic Research branch office in New York City. Onur holds an MA in development economics from the University of Paris-Pantheon Sorbonne and an economics degree from Galatasaray University, Istanbul.
Gülce Nazlı Dikeçligil is a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at Stony Brook University. She holds a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering and B.S. in Applied Mathematics. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey she currently resides in New York and has taken part in GEZIniyoruz Network and Gezi Platform NYC. She has contributed to the projects “Talk Turkey Conference: Rethinking Life since Gezi”, Suzanne Lacy’s “Between the Door and the Street”, “We are here Ahparig, Global Photo Campaign”.
Özgür Narin is currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University. He graduated from Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University. Since he was deeply concerned with social problems, he decided to study social science; particularly political economy. He completed his Ph. D. in Development Economics Department of Marmara University. He studied on the capitalist production of Science and Technology, particularly innovation and the changing scientific labour process. Tranformation of the Higher Education system, transformation of the mental labour and the History of Workers’ Management in Turkey are some of his past works. You can see some of his articles (mostly in Turkish) here: https://nyu.academia.edu/OzgurNarin. His current research is on the alternative reorganization of society and social reproduction, particularly, self management practices and self organisation (Autopoiesis) experiences. He tries to build (or participate) a collective internet archive of Labour history of Turkey. Images, photos, audio and video documents of oral interviews etc. are in the scope of this prospective internet archive. His archive of the historical experiences of Workers’ management in Turkey is open access and free to use for research purposes. http://isikdahacokisik.blogspot.com.tr
Nil Uzun is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Rutgers University. She holds a B.A. in economics from Bogazici University (Istanbul), an MA in cultural studies from Sabanci University (Istanbul), an MA in social anthropology from Central European University (Budapest) and an MA in sociology from Rutgers University (New Jersey). Nil has been working on multiple different topics, including transnational networks of human rights organizations in Argentina and Turkey, and the representations of ‘Middle East women’ in Western contemporary art. Her recent work focuses on the geopolitics of academic knowledge production in social sciences on ‘the Middle East’, particularly in area studies journals and South to South critical academic networks.
Esra Akcan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. She completed her architecture degree at the Middle East Technical University, and her Ph.D. and postdoctoral degrees at Columbia University in New York. She taught history-theory classes and architectural design studios at University of Illinois at Chicago, Humboldt University in Berlin, Columbia University, New School, and Pratt Institute in New York, and METU in Ankara. Akcan received numerous awards and fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin, Graham Foundation, Clark Institute, Getty Research Institute, Canadian Center for Architecture, CAA, Mellon Foundation, DAAD and KRESS/ARIT. She is the author of the books Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turkey and the Modern House; Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (with Sibel Bozdoğan); Çeviride Modern Olan; and (Land)Fill Istanbul: Twelve Scenarios for a Global City. She is currently working on her next book project on urban renewal.
Murat Çelikkan has been working as a journalist for the past 25 years in various positions such as reporter, editor, columnist on human rights violations and democracy and chief executive editor. Celikkan has been an active member of the Turkish Human Rights Movement. He was a founding member and has been on the boards of the Human Rights Association, Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Amnesty International and Human Rights Foundation. He has worked on projects related to the Kurdish problem and media ethics. He has been involved in developing the Truth Justice Memory Center since the beginning of 2010.
Aslı Iğsız is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Her teaching and research interests include cultural representation and cultural history, narratives of war and displacement, and dynamics of alterity in late Ottoman and contemporary Turkish contexts. Her publications span a variety of issues that include the politics of memory; nation branding; alliance of civilizations and image wars; law, neoliberalism, and the Gezi Park Protests in Turkey. Her current book project, Humanism in Ruins: Liberal Multiculturalism, Memory and the 1923 Greek-Turkish Population Exchange in Contemporary Turkey, examines the implications of “liberal multiculturalism” and cultural memory as a mode of humanism in the post-Cold War and post 1980 military-coup era.
Jeffrey C. Goldfarb is the Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of dozens of articles and eight books, including Civility and Subversion: the Intellectual in Democratic Society (Cambridge University Press, 1998), which provides the theoretical guidelines for the practices of his blog Deliberately Considered. He has studied, historically and comparatively, the conditions and consequences of free public life, with special focus on Central Europe and North America. In recent years he has been studying this problem in Israel – Palestine. He has also worked to link his theoretical endeavors to practical action in supporting free public life. For his public and intellectual work in Central Europe, Goldfarb was awarded the Solidarity Medal from the Polish government, presented by former President Lech Walesa.
Nidhi Srinavas is Associate Professor of Non-profit Management at The New School in New York City. His research interests center on critical theory, civil society and post-colonial management knowledge. His research has been published in journals such as Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Organization Studies, Organization, and Critical Perspectives on International Business. Srinivas has a particular interest in the countries of India, China, Brazil and Turkey, countries that are sometimes called “middle-income” countries, and some of which are also known as “BRICS countries”. His interest stems from the transitions made by these countries from colonial regimes of accumulation towards nationalist strategies of growth, particularly in their market policies and networks of civil society actors. From 2010-2012 Srinivas was an India-China Institute Fellow and studied social innovation practices in Rajasthan, India and Yunnan, China. He was also a Fellow at the BRICS Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August 2013; in Rio de Janeiro he studied civil society responses to the impending mega events. Srinivas has also served as a visiting professor at the Escola Brasileira de Administraçao Publica e de Empresas (EBAPE) at the Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India.