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Ali B. is an anarchist from Turkey currently living overseas. He is involved in solidarity projects with the Kurdish resistance and travels to the region regularly. Ali can be reached at

Aslı Bâli is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and Director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. She teaches international law and her research interests include human rights, the laws of war and the use of armed force, and the comparative law of the Middle East. She is the author of numerous articles including, “Designing Constitutions in Religiously Divided Societies” (forthcoming 2016) and “Courts and Constitutional Transition: Lessons from the Turkish Case” (2013). She currently serves as a Turkey page editor for Jadaliyya and as chair of the Advisory Committee for Human Rights Watch-Middle East. Ash can be reached at

Banu Bargu is Associate Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research. Her research focuses on theories and practices of sovereignty, biopolitics, and resistance. She is the author of Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons (Columbia University Press, 2014), which received APSA’s First Book Prize given by the Foundations of Political Theory section. She is currently working on new book manuscript that aims to rethink the materialist tradition, especially in light of the posthumous publication of Louis Althusser’s work on the aleatory. Banu can be reached at

Zerrin Özlem Biner, is a Research Associate in the Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Her thematic interests include the study of the state and citizenship, the experience and memory of violence, cultural heritage and materiality, and the perception of justice and reconciliation in Turkey. She is the co-editor of the volume titled Law Against the State: Ethnographic Forays into Law’s Transformations (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Currently, she is finishing her first book manuscript, tentatively titled, “Tenses of Dispossession: Justice, Violence and Subjectivity in Southeast Turkey.” Zerrin can be reached at

Eray Çaylı is a teacher, researcher and writer with an interest and specialism in the intersection of art, architecture and anthropology. He holds a PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. In both his research and his teaching, Eray explores the creative practices’ relationship to violence, disaster and protest. He currently works as Lecturer in Critical & Contextual Studies at the University of Hertfordshire School of Creative Arts, as Teaching Fellow in Architectural History & Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and as Adjunct Professor in London’s Architectural History at the Syracuse University School of Architecture (London program). Eray can be reached at

Başak Ertür is a Lecturer at the School of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her current research focuses on trials, performativity, political violence and memory. She is the editor of Manual for Conspiracy (Sharjah Art Foundation, 2011), and the co-editor of Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward Said (Verso, 2008). Başak’s email address is

Haydar Darıcı is a PhD candidate in the joint program in anthropology and history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He works on the Kurdish youth movement in Turkey’s Kurdistan. Haydar can be reached at

James Martel teaches political theory at San Francisco State University in the department of political science. He is one of the co-editors, along with Kennan Ferguson, of Theory & Event. He is the author, most recently, of The One and Only Law: Walter Benjamin and the Second Commandment (Michigan, 2014). His new book, The Misinterpellated Subject is forthcoming from Duke University Press. James can be reached at

Evren Savcı is Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at SFSU. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam, which investigates the ways in which vocabulary of nonnormative genders and sexualities travel to the Turkish political discursive context, and how this travel sheds light onto the workings of neoliberal Islam. Her work is published in Ethnography, Political Power & Social...

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