Murat Cankara completed his doctoral degree in the Department of Turkish Literature at Bilkent University. His dissertation focused on the novels written by Ottoman Armenians in the Turkish language using the Armenian script between 1851 and 1868. He was a Fulbright visiting fellow at Harvard University and a Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently teaching at the Social Sciences University of Ankara and is particularly interested in modern Armenian and Turkish literatures, nineteenth-century literary cultures in the Ottoman Empire (and elsewhere), encounters between Ottoman Armenians and Muslim/Turks, theatre, and drama.
Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. He is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Sabancı University. Ertuğ's research and teaching focus on feminist and queer performance and literature, theories of media and performance, memory studies, and material culture. His essays have appeared in Women's Studies Quarterly, Radical History Review, Transgender Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Women's History, and Feminist Media Studies as well as a number of anthologies. He is currently co-editing two special issues on popular culture archives for the Journal of Popular Culture and Archives and Records, and completing a book on fashion and the performance of citizenship in Turkey. Ertuğ is also a playwright, dramaturg, literary and dramatic translator, and theatre administrator.
Hülya Adak is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Sabancı University and Professor of Turkish Studies at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. Her works include Halide Edib & Political Violence: The Armenian Genocide, Dictatorships and Nonviolence (Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2016 [in Turkish]; Duncker & Humblodt Verlag Berlin, 2019 [in German]); Hundert Jahre Türkei: Zeitzeugen erzaehlen (Unionsverlag, 2010 & 2014), co-edited with Erika Glassen; Gender, Ethnicity and the Nation-State, a special dossier of the New Perspectives on Turkey, co-edited with Ayşe Gül Altınay (2010); and işte böyle güzelim … / So ist das, meine Schöne (Sel Yayıncılık & Orlanda Verlag, 2008, 2009, 2011), co-edited with Ayşe Gül Altınay, Esin Düzel and Nilgün Bayraktar. She has published extensively in journals such as PMLA, South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, Journal of Genocide Studies, New Perspectives on Turkey, and Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte. She is currently working on a book project, entitled "Canon-Bending: Conversations between Armenian and Turkish Literatures," critically tracing the nationalization processes of literatures, and highlighting the dialogues and intertextuality between literary works that were categorized in different literary traditions after World War I.
Ela Gezen is Associate Professor of German at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her first book, Brecht, Turkish Theater, and Turkish-German Literature: Reception, Adaptation, and Innovation after 1960 (Camden House, 2018), examines the significance of Bertolt Brecht for Turkish and Turkish-German literature. She has co-edited two special issues, Colloquia Germanica ("Transnational Hi/Stories: Turkish-German Texts and Contexts") and the Jahrbuch Türkisch-deutsche Studien ("Turkish-German Studies: Past, Present, and Future"), exploring new directions in Turkish-German Studies by expanding geographical, methodological, and temporal frameworks. In addition, she has published articles on music and literature, focusing on the intersection between aesthetics and politics in both Turkish and German contexts. Currently, she is working on her second book project, "Cultures in Migration: Turkish Artistic Practices and Cultural-Political Interventions in West Berlin, 1970–1980," which is situated at the interdisciplinary nexus of cultural studies, history, migration studies, and the study of cultural policy in Cold War Germany. It examines cultural practices by Turkish artists, academics, and intellectuals during the late 1970s and early 1980s as an early manifestation of Turkish self-presentation in West Germany and more specifically as a key part of the formation of a Turkish public sphere in West Berlin.
İlker Hepkaner holds a PhD in Culture and Representation from the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. His dissertation analyzed the politics of heritage in Turkey and Palestine/Israel. His scholarly work has been published in Authorizing Translation: The IATIS Yearbook 2016, and in Turkish-German...