For the coming two years I’m going to be part of the international PERITIA team investigating trust in expertise. The branch of the project I’m going to be working on together with Prof. José van […]
Fieldwork blog: the feminization of Romanian migration?
I arrived in Bucharest in July with the purpose of researching the large-scale migration from Romania to Western Europe from a small-scale perspective. I was particularly interested in the more personal and emotional impacts that this migration has on those who have stayed behind in Romania. People for whom short visits and long-distance communication is a usual part of daily family life. And so, I began approaching the loved ones of those who migrated for work to core European countries in order to interview them about their experiences.
Fieldwork blog: contesting Istanbul’s identity on social media
Artist, Burak Akbay, created and shared this piece online, saying on Twitter that he had made it as a new logo for Istanbul, since the city has a new symbol: the Arab hair transplant tourist.
Fieldwork blog: animal protection as urban solidarity
I’ve been thinking about animal rights activism in Istanbul as a form of alternative solidarity being built under polarized political circumstances, and wondering how social media might play into this.
Fieldwork blog: the many Istanbuls
The sheer expanse of Istanbul means that my respondents only really live in a few neighbourhoods of it.
Fieldwork blog: Gurbetci
To understand the historical, political, and emotional resonance of this migration, we must first analyse such categories as gurbet and gurbetci. The gurbetci – one who lives in exile, diaspora, or away from the homeland – lives in a state […]
Fieldwork blog: what do border-crossing videos do?
The first people I spoke with in Istanbul mentioned the protests outside the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. This demonstration had followed the Dutch authorities’ decision to disallow Turkish ministers entry into the Netherlands to campaign for the […]
Fieldwork blog: The Amsterdam-Istanbul connection vs. The Hague-Ankara tension
A week ago I was in Amsterdam, preparing for a month of field research in Istanbul. That same moment happened to be a time of exceptional diplomatic tension between the Netherlands and Turkey. What did that mean for the Turkish-Dutch connections of migration and digital media I wanted to study?