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Özge Yaka

Özge Yaka
Ph.D. Özge Yaka
 Areas of Interest: Critical social theory, feminist phenomenology, theories of justice, protest and subjectivity, environmental movements, political ecology of water commons.
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Research focus and career

Özge Yaka has received her PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University in 2011. She has held positions as Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow and as a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of North American Studies, JFKI - Freie Universität Berlin, and as Gerda Henkel Research Fellow at Collège d'études mondiales, FMSH - Paris. While her PhD analysed the EU-Turkey relations from a neo-Gramscian perspective of political economy, her recent project focuses on environmental and social movements. Her work on local community struggles against hydropower plants in Turkey converges social movement studies, critical social theory, theories of justice, gender studies and phenomenology, discussing the case from multiple perspectives of body, gender, justice and subjectivity.

Selected Publications

"Expanding the borders of justice: Struggles for environmental commons and the idea of socio-ecological justice".

"A feminist-phenomenology of women's activism against hydropower plants in Turkey's Eastern Black Sea Region".

"Emergent infrastructures: Solidarity, spontaneity and encounter at Istanbul's Gezi Park uprising", with Serhat Karakayali, in Feigenbaum, Frenzel and McCurdy (eds.) Protest camping and social movements: An international perspective, Policy Press.

"Humor, revolt and subjectivity", with Serhat Karakayali in Obenprantacher and Siclodi (eds.) Subjectivation in political theory and contemporary practices, Palgrave Macmillan, in press.

2016. In Turkish. "HES karşıtı mücadeleler ve sosyal bilimlerde yeni ufuklar" (Struggles against hydropower plants and new horizons in social sciences), concluding chapter in Aksu, Erensu and Erdem (eds.) Sudan sebepler: Türkiye'de neoliberal su-enerji politikaları ve direnişler (Neoliberal politics of water and energy in Turkey and resistance), İstanbul: İletişim. 2016.

2016. "Why not EU?: Dynamics of the changing Turkish attitudes towards the EU membership". Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 24 (1), pp. 149-170.

2015. "Hegemony in the making: TUSIAD's hegemonic role in the context of Turkey's EU membership process" in Spectrum: Journal of Global Studies, 7 (1), pp. 91-114.

2014. "The spirit of Gezi: Recomposition of political subjectivities in Turkey" with Serhat Karakayali in New Formations, 83, pp. 117-138.