Dr. Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay completed his BA in Philosophy and Sociology, and his MA in Philosophy at Boğaziçi University. He obtained his PhD in Performance Studies at New York University in 2016. Following postdoctoral positions at New York University, University of Vienna, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Sabancı University, he joined the Visual Communication Design Department at Kadir Has University as a visiting scholar. Dr. Altınay’s primary research areas are theories of media and performance, theater and performance studies, gender and sexuality studies, memory studies, and the cultural history of Turkey. His work in these fields appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Radical History Review, Feminist Media Studies,Transgender Studies Quarterly, Women’s Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, and the Journal of Women’s History, and the “Performing Turkishness” special issue of Comparative Drama that he co-edited with Professor Hülya Adak. Dr. Altınay’s research has been supported by a number of international and national grants and fellowships, including the European Research Council Starting Grant, Young Scientist Award (BAGEP), The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey EU FP (Horizon 2020) Success Award, SALT Research Center and Library Grant, Pasold Grant for Research in the History of Textiles, Koç University Center for Gender Studies Research Award, The History Project Research Grant (Harvard University and University of Cambridge), the Ernst Mach Grant (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research), NYU Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, and the Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship. Dr. Altınay has held residential fellowships at the University of Copenhagen, NYU Remarque Institute, NYU Washington D.C., NYU Florence, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Center for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg, and Orient Institute Istanbul. Dr. Altınay currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the ERC Starting Grant project “Staging National Abjection: Theatre and Politics in Turkey and Its Diasporas.” Altınay is also a translator, dramaturg, and playwright with extensive experience.
Hülya Adak is the Director of SU Gender (Sabancı University’s Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence). Since 2018, she has been Professor of Ottoman and Turkish Studies at the Free University of Berlin. At Sabancı University, she co-founded the Cultural Studies BA and MA programs and Gender Studies PhD Programs. Her most relevant publications include: Critical Approaches to Genocide: History, Politics and Aesthetics of 1915 (with F. Müge Göçek ve Ron Suny, Routledge 2020), Halide Edib und Politische Gewalt (Duncker und Humblot Berlin, 2020), Performing Turkishness: Politics of Theatre in Turkey and its Diasporas (with Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay, 2018), Halide Edib ve Siyasal Şiddet (Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2016), Hundert Jahre Türkei: Zeitzeugen erzählen (with Erika Glassen, Unionsverlag 2014, 2010), So ist das, meine Schöne (with Ayşe Gül Altınay, Esin Düzel, Nilgün Bayraktar, Orlanda Frauenverlag Berlin, 2009), işte böyle güzelim…(with Ayşe Gül Altınay, Esin Düzel, Nilgün Bayraktar, Sel Yayıncılık, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008) Her articles in the fields of gender studies, memory and trauma studies, empire studies and nationalism, the history of human rights, literature, theater and film studies have been published in prominent journals, such as the PMLA, South Atlantic Quarterly, Comparative Drama, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Journal of Genocide Research, New Perspectives on Turkey, and Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte. Adak is on the Academic Advisory Board of the International Hrant Dink Foundation and Orient Institute Istanbul der Max Weber Stiftung. She is currently working on a book project in collaboration with Melanie Tanielian and Erdağ Göknar on Afterlives: Remnants, Ruins and Representations of the Armenian Genocide. (Duke UP, forthcoming) For further information on her publications,