Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Research Fellow in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Pembroke College
2014, PhD, Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge (UK)
2010, Collaborative MA Diploma, Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto (Canada)
2010, MA, Socio/Cultural Anthropology, University of Toronto
2009, BA, Anthropology, Concordia University (Canada)
2004, BA, Sociology, Bogazici University (Turkey)
Dr Sertaç Sehlikoglu is a social anthropologist working on gender and subjectivity specialised on Turkey and the Middle East. She analyses human subjectivity in relation to seemingly mundane and trivial aspects of everyday life and investigates the creative capacities of human agency. Sehlikoglu is particularly interested in desire in wider social, economic and religious conventions. Her work maps out the dynamic interactions between a) the intangible aspects of human subjectivity, such as desires, aspirations, and longings and b) the historical, religious, political, and familial makings of social life.
MPhil Paper 2: Systems of Power and Knowledge: Anthropology and Religion
Refereed Journal Articles
2016. “Exercising in Comfort: Islamicate Culture of Mahremiyet in Everyday Life”, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies: 12 (2).
2016. (Co-Authored with Aslı Zengin) “Introduction: Everyday intimacies in the Middle East”, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. Vol.12: 2.
2015. “Intimate Publics, Public Intimacies: Natural Limits, Creation and the Culture of Mahremiyet in Turkey”, Cambridge Journal of Anthropology: 33 (2).
2015. (Co-Authored with Aslı Zengin) “Introduction: Why Revisit Intimacy?”, Part of “Why Revisit Intimacy?” Special Issue, edited by Sertaç Sehlikoglu and Aslı Zengin. Cambridge Journal of Anthropology: 33 (2).
2014. (Co-Authored with Fahri Karakas) “’We can have the cake and eat it too’: Leisure and spirituality at ‘veiled’ hotels in Turkey”, Leisure Studies, Published Online: 24 Oct. 2014.
2014. (Co-Authored with Sumaya Samie) “Strange, Incompetent and Out-of-Place: Media Representations of Muslim Sportswomen during London 2012”, Feminist Media Studies: (15) 3. Published Online: 9 Sept. 2014.
2016. Guest Editor, Special Issue: “Everyday intimacies in the Middle East” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies: 12 (2).
2015. Guest Editor, Special Issue: “Why Revisit Intimacy?” Cambridge Journal of Anthropology: 33 (2).
2014. Guest Editor, for February Field Notes themed “Sports”, Cultural Anthropology.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
2016. forthcoming. “Müslüman Kadın’ın Öznelik Halleri” in Kültür Denen Şey by Ayfer Bartu Candan and Cenk Özbay (Eds), Metis Yayınları, Istanbul.
2015. “Contestation and Dichotomies Concerning Women’s Bodies and Sports in Turkey: From Aysun Özbek to Neslihan Darnel” in Sport in Islam and in Muslim Communities by Alberto Testa, Mahfoud Amara (Eds), Taylor and Francis.
2015. “The Daring Mahrem: Changing Dynamics of Public Sexuality in Turkey” in Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures by Gul Ozyegin (Ed), Ashgate.
2014. “Using Web 2.0 for Research and Networking on Muslim Women in Sports: The Case of Muslim Women in Sports Blog (MWIS)”, in Women and the Politics of Sports by Homa Hoodfar (Ed), WLUML Publications.
2014. “Female Bodies and the State Power: The Case of Women-Only Sport Centers of Istanbul”, in Women and the Politics of Sports by Homa Hoodfar (Ed), WLUML Publications.
2014. “Mahrem Alanda Fit Olmak” (Becoming Fit in Private Space) in Sınır Bilgisi: Siyasal İktidar, Toplumsal Mekân ve Kadına Yönelik Şiddet (Border Knowledge:Political Power, Social Space and Violence Against Women) by Elif Çelebi, Didem Havlioğlu ve Ebru Kayaalp (Eds), Ayizi Publications, Istanbul.
2010. “Recreation and Identity: Fun Practices of Young Veiled Montréalers”, in Volume 5: Stories From Montréal by Maike Storks (Ed), Tulipe Press, Montréal.
2015. Book Review “The Rise of Political Islam in Turkey: Urban Poverty, Grassroots Activism and Islamic Fundamentalism” by Kayhan Delibas, International Affairs, Vol.91/4
2015. Dissertation Review. “The Construction Of Gendered Subjectivities Of Female Broadcast Professionals Within TRT (1964 – 1989)”, by Özlem Akkaya. PhD Dissertation submitted to Boğaziçi University 2013, 455 pp. Dissertation Reviews.
2013. Book Review “Harem Histories: Envisioning Places and Living Spaces” by Marilyn Booth (Ed), Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Fall, Vol. 9/3.
Other Scholarly Publications
2014. “Sports - Deviation: Imagining the Self as Sporting Body" in Fieldsights - Field Notes on Sports by Sertaç Sehlikoglu (Ed), Cultural Anthropology Online, March 02, 2014.
2013. “Kissing the Mahrem in Ankara”. In An Impromptu Uprising: Ethnographic Reflections on the Gezi Park Protests in Turkey by Yael Navaro-Yashin and Umut Yıldırım (Eds), Fieldsights - Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology Online, October 31, 2013.
2013. “Exercise and Female Sexuality in Relation to Segregation, Proximity and Exclusion” in Anthropology News, In Focus on Public and Private, September.
2013. “Subjectivity and Desire: Members of the women-only gyms in Istanbul”, Research Report, Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia, Vol.1/1.
2013. “Kadınlara Mahsus Spor Salonlarından Ontolojik ve Epistemolojik Sorular: Mahremiyetin Yaşayan Sınırları” (Living Borders of Intimacy and Privacy: Ontological and Epistemological Queries from the Women-Only Gyms), TDV Publications.
2012. “Boundaries of a Veiled Female Body: Islamic Reflections on Women’s Sporting Bodies in Relation to Sexuality, Modesty and Privacy” in Anthropology News, In Focus on Sports and Olympics, August.