Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:September 2013-January 2014
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»Modernity Through the Lens of Urban Animals: Multiple logics and dynamics of stray animal confinement, distancing and extermination in the early twentieth century Istanbul«
My research aims at investigating multivariate logics and dynamics of urban modernization in the turn of the twentieth century Istanbul through the lens provided by the stray animals’ experience of modernity – disruption of multi-species composition of the urban space and culturally entrenched practices of protection, care and sheltering of the strays; distancing from emergent public sphere through several administrative and regulative practices of spatial re-organization and confinement to distinct spheres (by building of zoos, remaking of public gardens) that only allowed densely regulated encounters between the nascent urban public and »enclosed« animal otherness; and finally, extermination at the mass scale.rnFocusing on the stray animal exterminations (particularly those in Istanbul between 1908 and 1913) as key to unravel the entanglements of the spatial politics of modernity in the non-Western urban contexts; I aim to sort out the effective intertwinements of both human and non-human, visible and non-visible, material and symbolic dynamics, powers, logics and agencies that were simultaneously at work in the making of the modern urban space in Istanbul. (Mine Yıldırım) Mine Yıldırım follows an invitation of Rainer Forst (Professor of Political Theory at Goethe University and speaker of the Cluster of Excellence »The Formation of Normative Orders« at Goethe University). Her stay at the Institute is supported by the Alfons und Gertrud Kassel-Foundation.
Scholarly profile of Mine Yıldırım Mine Yıldırım is a PhD candidate in Political Theory at the New School for Social Research in New York.
Main areas of research:Modern and Contemporary Political Theory, Critical Theory, Environmental Political Theory, Theories of Human-Nonhuman Relations, Politics of Space and Visibility, Politics of Animals and Animality, Environmental History of Middle East
Selected translations into Turkish:
Michelle Campos: Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine, Koc University Press (forthcoming in 2013).
Slavoj Žižek: Ideolojinin Aile Miti (Family Myth of Ideology), Istanbul: Encore Publishing 2011.
Slavoj Žižek: Sanat ya da Konuşan Kafalar (Art or Talking Heads), Istanbul: Encore Publishing 2010.
Nancy Fraser, »Who Counts for Subject of Justice?«, in: Transeuropeennes, International Journal of Critical Thought, March 30, 2010.