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Curriculum Vitae

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Sabanci University ayseparla@sabanciuniv.edu

Orhanlı, Tuzla 34956 http://myweb.sabanciuniv.edu/ayseparla/

Istanbul, Turkey


2005 New York University, Ph.D. in Social Anthropology

1995 Harvard University, B.A. in Social Studies, magna cum laude 1991 Robert College High School, Istanbul, Highest Honors


2012 - present Associate Professor of Anthropology, Sabanci University, Istanbul 2005 - 2012 Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sabanci University, Istanbul


2014 International Research Visiting Award, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study, University of British Columbia, August – September.

2011 TUBA-GEBIP, Turkish Academy of Sciences Exceptional Young Scholar Award.

2010 Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University (one of five awards in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the first year that the award was implemented).

2009 TUBITAK (The Technological and Scientific Research Council of Turkey) Career Award, awarded to junior scholars within five years of their PhD.

2004 Sylvia Forman Prize, Association for Feminist Anthropology. Graduate

student paper award for the essay “They Even Let Their Women Work:

Negotiations of Gender, Honor and the Communist Legacy among Turkish Immigrants from Bulgaria.” Parla 2 !

1999/2000 Feminist Studies Award for best article published by a graduate student: “The Honor of the State: Virginity Examinations in Turkey.” 1999. Association of Political and Legal Anthropology Student Paper Prize for the essay “The ‘Honor’ of the State: Virginity Examinations in Turkey.” 1999. Kay Pin Award for academic achievement, New York University.

1995 Honors in Social Studies, Harvard University, for Senior Thesis: "A Subversive Space: The Significance of the Women's Shelter in the Turkish Context."

1993-1995 Harvard College Scholarship and Agassiz Certificate of Merit for academic achievement of highest distinction.


Books Manuscript in preparation, tentatively titled: The Anxiety of Hope: Bulgarian-Turkish Labor Migrants, Legalization and Relative Privilege Refereed Articles forthcoming “Property, Dispossession and Citizenship in Turkey, or, The history of the Gezi Uprising starts in the Surp Hagop Armenian Cemetery,” with Ceren Özgül. Public Culture.

2011 “Labor migration, ethnic kinship, and the conundrum of citizenship in Turkey.

Citizenship Studies 15(3-4, June): 457-470.

2011 “Undocumented Migrants and the Double Binds of Rights Claims.” Differences:

Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. 22(1): 64-89.

2009 “Remembering across the border: Postsocialist nostalgia among Turkish immigrants from Bulgaria.” American Ethnologist 36 (4): 750-767.

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2009 “Nafile Soydaşlık: Irak ve Bulgaristan Türkleri Örneğinde Göçmen, Dernek ve Devlet,” [Ethnic Kinship in Vain: Turkish Migrants from Iraq and from Bulgaria, Migrant Associations and the State],with Didem Danış. Toplum ve Bilim (Science and Society) 114: 131-158.

2009 “Irregular Workers or Ethnic Kin? Post-1990s Labour Migration from Bulgaria to Turkey.” Bulgarian Folkore 2: 49-69. Reprint in Bulgarian of 2007 article.

2007 “Irregular Workers or Ethnic Kin? Post-1990s Labour Migration from Bulgaria to Turkey.” International Migration 45 (3): 157-181.

2006 “Longing, Belonging and Locations of Homeland among Turkish Immigrants

from Bulgaria.” Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 6(4):


2003 “Marking Time along the Bulgarian-Turkish Border,” Ethnography 4(4): 561-575.

2001 “The ‘Honor’ of the State: Virginity Examinations in Turkey,” Feminist Studies 27:1 (Spring), 65-89.

Inclusions in refereed journals and encyclopedias 2013 "Protest and the Limits of the Body." Fieldsights - Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology Online, October 31, http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/403-protestand-the-limits-of-the-body.

2012 “Bulgaria, migration, late-19th century to present,” with Maria Stoilkova in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, ed. Immanuel Ness, Wiley-Blackwell.

2006 “Virginity: Discourses and Practices: Turkey.” Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

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2015 “For us, migration is ordinary’: Post-1989 labour migration from Bulgaria to Turkey,” in Migration in the Southern Balkans: From Ottoman Territory to Globalized Nation States, eds. Hans Vermeulen, Riki van Boeschoten, Martin Baldwin-Edwards (eds.). IMISCOE Book Series: Springer 2014 “Göçmen Kadınlar Ailenin ve Aile Politikalarının Neresindeler?” [Where Are Migrant Women in Relation to the Family and Family Policies?] in Başka Bir Aile Mümkün Mü? [Is Another Family Possible?], eds. Ulrike Dufner and Semahat Sevim. Heinrich Böll Stiftung.

2011 “Longing, Belonging and Locations of Homeland among Turkish Immigrants from Bulgaria.” How to think about the Balkans: Culture, Region, Identities, ed.

A. Kiossev, Next Page Publications. Reprint in Bulgarian of 2006 article.

1995 “Anlatilar, Duvarlar, ve Direnis Sesleri: Aykiri bir Mekan Olarak Mor Cati” [Narratives, Walls, and Voices of Resistance: Mor Cati as a Dissident Space,” in Evdeki Teror: Kadina Yonelik Siddet [The Terror at Home: Violence Against Women], ed. Mor Cati Collective. Istanbul: Mor Cati Yayinlari Book Reviews 2007 Review of Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Modern Turkey by Esra Özyürek. New Perspectives on Turkey.


2011 - 2014 TUBA research grant for “Beyond Europeanization: An Anthropological Inquiry into the regulation of the Migration Regime in Turkey.” 2009 - 2012 TUBITAK Grant for “Legalization Strategies of the post-nineties labor from Bulgaria.” 2007 - 2008 TUBITAK Grant for “Forms of organization among new migrants: A comparative analysis of Bulgarian Turks, Iraqi Turkmens and Moldavians in Turkey.” With Mine Eder and Didem Danıs.

2003 - 2004 Marianne Lehner Rothe and Florence Edna Rowe Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of University Women Educational Foundation.

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2003 - 2004 Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, New York University.

2002 Regional Associate Fellow, Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia, NEXUS Project on "How to Think About the Balkans: Culture, Region, Identities.” 2001 - 2002 Dissertation Research Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

2001 - 2002 Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, Middle East and North Africa Program.

2001 - 2002 Annette B. Weiner Fellowship, New York University, Department of Anthropology.

1996 - 2001 MacCracken Fellowship, New York University.

1999 - 2000 Predissertation Grant, Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University.

1999. Ford Foundation Gender/Area Studies Summer Research Grant, New York University.

1991 - 1995 Agassiz Scholarship, Radcliffe College.

1994 Ford Program Research Fellowship for Undergraduate Research, Harvard University.

1994 Dean’s Summer Thesis Research Grant, Harvard University.


Sep. 2014 “Spaces of Education, States of Ruination and Survival.” Department of Anthropology and Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia.

Feb. 2014 “Armenian Migrant Children in Turkey: Access to Education and States of Exception in a Postgenocidal Society.”Armenian Studies Program and History, Michigan University.

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Feb. 2013 “Labor migration of “ethnic kin” from Bulgaria to Turkey and the politics of relative privilege,.” Sociocultural Anthropology Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the Center for European and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

May 2010 EUROMed meeting, “Migratory Flows in Turkey.” Istanbul.

Feb. 2009 “Inclusive Exclusion and the Reproduction of State Sovereignty,” Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, Columbia University.

Jan. 2009 "The 'Inclusive Exclusion' of Turkish Immigrants from Bulgaria" presented at the workshop on “Migration in the Neoliberal Age,” Center for European Studies, University of Florida.

June 2004 “Remembering from the Other Side: Memories of Communism among Turkish immigrants from Bulgaria,” presented at the Second International NEXUS Conference on Balkans and Globalization, Central European University, Budapest.


Dec. 2014 “Migrant children, education and structural violence in China, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey and the US.” Panel co-organized with Alexia Bloch for the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C.

Dec. 2014 “Spaces of Education, States of Ruination and Armenian Migrant Children in Turkey.” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C.

Nov. 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago.

“Of Plants, Political Movements and Humans: Exploring Multiple Meanings of Genealogy.” Panel Chair.

⬧ “Proving Origins: Armenian converts’ and Bulgarian Turkish Migrants, encounters with the law and the governance of sameness and difference,” Paper Presentation with Ceren Ozgul.

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Apr. 2012 “Exceptional situations or mundane exceptions? :Killability and "relative privilege" in the Turkish legal context,” for the panel on “Protest and law in the ostensibly “non-revolutionary” Middle East,” (panel co-organizer), American Ethnological Society, New York.

Oct. 2011 “Kağıtsızlar, Epistemik Ortaklıklar ve Zamansız Etnografi” (The Undocumented, Epistemic Partnerships and “Timeless” Ethnography” presented at the invited workshop on “New Approaches to Sociocultural Anthropology in Turkey.” Mardin Artuklu University June 2011 “Things are Changing? “On Ethnicity, Citizenship and Religious Freedom at the Doorstep of the EU” with Ceren Ozgul. Far Away, So Close: Reaching Beyond the pro/contra controversy on Turkey’s EU accession”. Berlin Frei University & Sabancı University.

June 2011 “Labor Migrants, Ethnic Kin and Citizenship in Turkey,” presented at the panel on Migration, Citizenship and Belonging in Neo-Liberal Europe, Council of European Studies (CES), Barcelona, June 19-23, 2011.

Nov. 2010 “The Double Binds of Rights Claims,” presented at the panel on Rights” Discourse in the Middle East.” Annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans. Also co-organizer of the panel.

May 2010 “Labor Migration and the Citizenship Regime in Turkey.” Political Science Seminars, Bilgi University, Istanbul. INVITED Mar. 2010 “The Instrumentalization of Ethnicity: A comparative analysis based on the experiences of Turkish migrants from Iraq and Bulgaria.” With Didem Danıs.

Atatürk Institute Friday Seminars, Bogazici University. INVITED Dec. 2009 “Post1989 Turkish migrants from Bulgaria and the Configurations of Ethnic Kinship in Turkey,” presented at the panel on “The End/s of Transnationalisms after Socialism: Practices and Re-imaginations of Relatedness,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

Feb. 2009 “All about Turkish Migrations,” Kadir Has University

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Nov 2008 Claims of Belonging and the “Inclusive Exclusion” of Turkish Immigrants from Bulgaria for the workshop on “Rethinking Citizenship,” Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle Germany.

June 2008 Hierarchies of Otherness,” presented at the Hrant Dink Memorial Workshop on Migrations, Connections, Perspectives: Anatolia and Its Neighboring Regions in the Twentieth Century, Sabancı University, Istanbul.

Nov. 2007 “The Shifting Signifier and the Anxieties of the “Turkish” self,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, Washington D.C.

June 2007 “Turkish Immigrants from Bulgaria and postsocialist nostalgia on the other

side of the border,” presented at the conference on “Thinking through Turkey:

Theorizing the Political,” CRASSH, Cambridge University, Cambridge.

Nov. 2006 “Immigrant women from Bulgaria at the edges of community and “propriety” presented at the panel on Gender-based violence, MESA Annual Meetings, Boston.

Sep. 2006 “The moral economy of irregular labor migration from Bulgaria to Turkey,” presented at the invited workshop on “Interrogating Diaspora,” 9th Biennial Conference of European Association of Social Anthropologists, Bristol.

July 2006 “Framing nostalgia among Turkish immigrants from Bulgaria,” presented at the panel on “Reinscribing the Nation,” Crossroads 2006 Association for Cultural Studies, Istanbul.

Dec. 2005 “Irregular Workers or Ethnic Kin: Post Nineties Labor Migration from Bulgaria to Turkey,” presented at the IMILCO conference on “Irregular Migration, Informal Labour and Community in Europe,” Istanbul.

June 2005 “Locating the Turkish Homeland: Bulgarian Turkish return migration in transnational perspective,” presented at the Oxford Symposium on Transnationalism in South Eastern Europe, St. Anthony’s College, Oxford.

Apr. 2004 “They Even Let Their Women Work: Negotiations of Labor, Honor and the Communist Legacy among Turkish immigrants from Bulgaria.” International Center for Advanced Studies, Project on the Cold War as Global Conflict, New York University.

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the panel on “Migrations of Race in the Middle East,” Annual Meeting of the American Ethnological Society meetings, Providence, Rhode Island.

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