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Alize Arıcan

Graduate Student

Anthropology

Contact

Building & Room:

BSB 2170

Address:

1007 W. Harrison Street

About

I am a cultural anthropologist broadly interested in urban theory, politics of temporality, limits and possibilities of care, and engaged/activist ethnography. Throughout 2017-2018, I conducted fieldwork in the Tarlabaşı neighborhood of Istanbul, which is in the (extended) process of urban transformation. I traced how residents anticipate, negotiate and rearticulating the meanings and outcomes of urban transformation, and how the temporalities of urban change impact future-making in Tarlabaşı. I am guided by engaged, feminist and activist methodologies as I write about and conduct my work.

My research has been funded by numerous UIC supported awards, as well as the Humanities Without Walls Initiative. I collaborated with the artist Tamara Becerra Valdez in representing portions of this work visually, which culminated in an exhibition piece in Gallery 400 in January 2019. Currently, I am an editorial intern for American Ethnologist.

 

Selected Grants

American Ethnological Society, AES Diversity Travel Grant - 2019, Awardee

University of Illinois at Chicago, Gender and Women's Studies Completion Award 2018-2019, Principal Investigator

University of Illinois at Chicago Institute on Race & Public Policy, Dissertation Grant (2018), Principal Investigator

University of Illinois at Chicago, 16th Annual Alice J. Dan Dissertation Award for Research on Women and Gender (2017), Principal Investigator

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Humanities without Walls Grant (2016-2018), Graduate Collaborator and Project Coordinator for "Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene"

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chancellor's Graduate Research Award (2016), Principal Investigator

University of Illinois at Chicago, Provost's Award for Graduate Research (2016), Principal Investigator

University of Illinois at Chicago, University Fellowship (2014-2015), Principal Investigator

Service to Community

  • 2017-present     Tarlabaşı Solidarity Group. Volunteer, Organizer. - Provided engaged assistance to women, children, and migrants living in the neighborhood
  • 2017-present  Tarlabaşı Toplum Merkezi (Tarlabaşı Community Center) Volunteer. - Tutored young women living in Tarlabaşı, designed empowering projects for young girls in the neighborhood
  • 2016-present.  Chicago Committee for Solidarity with Kurdistan and Rojava, Founding Member and Organizer. -  Organized demonstrations and events to engender awareness and solidarity for the Kurdish movement
  • 2012-2014     Istanbul Feminist Collective. Organizer. - Planned and carried out rallies and wrote publications to bring attention to women’s issues in Istanbul
  • 2012-2014     Boğaziçi Collective. Organizer. - Advocated for healthy and affordable food on campus

Notable Honors

2017-2018, Visiting Fellow, Istanbul Studies Center, Istanbul Kadir Has University

2019, Graduate Student AAA Paper Prize, for "Cultivating Potentialities: Inhabiting Urban Transformation in Tarlabaşı’s Contact Zones", Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

Education

MA University of Illinois at Chicago, Anthropology
BA Boğaziçi University

Selected Presentations

Invited Presentations

2019 “What Does Solidarity Look Like during Extended Urban Transformation? Caring in/for/with Tarlabaşı” Invited presentation for All Have the Same Breath: The Symposium (March 1-2), Chicago, IL

2018   “‘Analyzing’ and ‘Trying to Understand Who These People Are’: For What and For Whom?” Paper presentation at Southern Perspectives on Migration (September 5-7), Johannesburg, South Africa

2018   “Limits and Possibilities of Urban Ethnography” Invited lecture for Urban Political Ecology Summer School 2018 organized by the Center for Spatial Justice (June 18-July 1), Istanbul, Turkey

Panels and Roundtables Organized

2019 “Projects in Process: The Longue Durée of Urban Transformations, Securitizations, and Material Flows” Chair and panel organizer for The American Anthropological Association/Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Meeting (November 20-24), Vancouver, BC

2019 “Cultivating Temporal Subjectivities in Turkey” Chair and panel organizer for the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting (November 14-17), New Orleans, LA

Conference Presentations

2019 “Caring Ahead: Delays and Futures in Tarlabaşı, Istanbul” Paper presentation for The American Anthropological Association/Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Meeting (November 20-24), Vancouver, BC

2019 “Caring Ahead: Delays and Futures in Tarlabaşı, Istanbul” Paper presentation for the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting (November 14-17), New Orleans, LA

2019 “Surfacing Tarlabaşı” Paper presentation for New Directions in Anthropology Conference (April 5-6), Austin, TX

2019 “Caring Ahead: Delays and Futures in Tarlabaşı, Istanbul” Paper presentation for American Ethnological Society Spring Meeting (March 14-16), St. Louis, MO

2019 “Behind the Scaffolding in Tarlabaşı: Manipulations of Time, Delays, and Power” Paper presentation for Anthropology in Transit Conference (February 22-23), Irvine, CA

2018 “Care across Species and Movements in Tarlabaşı, Istanbul” Paper presentation for Political Ecology as Practice: Reports from the Field (September 21), Chicago, IL

2018   “Urban Transformation and Securitization in Tarlabaşı: Competing Cosmopolitanisms or Bodies without Organs?” Paper presentation at American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting (March 29-April 1), Los Angeles, CA

2017    “Looking for Anthropocene Politics in Urban Corners: Matters of Care in Tarlabaşı” Paper presentation at The American Anthropological Association 2018 Annual Meeting (November 28-December 3), Washington D.C.

2017   “Absorbing the Tragedy, Matters of Care” Paper presentation at Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene (November 3-4), Chicago, IL

2016   “Thinking Beyond the Duality of Theory and Practice: Lessons from Gezi Park” Paper presentation at International Conference: From Contested Cities to Urban Dialogues (July 4), Madrid, Spain

Workshops

2019 “Behind the Scaffolding in Tarlabaşı: Manipulations of Time, Delays, and Power” Paper presentation and discussion in The Urban Workshop, University of Chicago (May 23), Chicago, IL

2019 “Behind the Scaffolding in Tarlabaşı: Manipulations of Time, Delays, and Power” Paper presentation and discussion in Turkey Working Group Paper Workshop, Northwestern University (May 3), Evanston, IL

2017   Selected participant in the Master Class with Prof. Bruno Latour Cutting Edge Workshops in the Humanities, University of Illinois at Chicago (October 30-November 4), Chicago, IL

2017   Selected participant in the Master Class with Prof. Michael Taussig Institute of Critical Social Inquiry Summer Seminar, The New School for Social Research (June 11-17), New York City, NY

Public Presentations

2018 “Caring on the Surfaces of Tarlabaşı” Presentation of collaborative work with artist Tamara Becerra Valdez at the Chicago Art Book Fair (November 17), Chicago, IL

Editor-Reviewed Articles and Public Scholarship

2019 “AE Interviews Chloe Ahmann” American Ethnologist website

2019 “What We’re Reading, Summer 2019” (collective piece with Gina Athena Ulysse, Carole McGranahan, Brittany Birberick, Chris Loperena, and Marc Edelman) American Ethnologist website

2019 “Limits and Possibilities of Urban Ethnography” Invited submission for Beyond Istanbul Magazine: Special Issue on Urban Political Ecology (in both English and Turkish)

2016 “Thinking Beyond the Duality of Theory and Practice: Lessons from Gezi Park” In Contested Cities Working Paper Series