Ayfer Bartu Candan

Associate Professor of Social Anthropology, Sociology Department, Boğaziçi University

Ayfer Bartu Candan is an Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the Sociology Department at Boğaziçi University. She got her B.A degree from the Sociology and the Psychology departments at the same university in 1990, and got her M.A and Ph.D degrees from the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997. Before Boğaziçi, she taught at Koç University in Turkey, and at the UC Berkeley and Stanford University in the USA. Her research and teaching interests include urban anthropology; political anthropology; material culture studies; sociological and anthropological theory; space, power and gender; political ecology. In addition to her work on the politics of archaeology and the past in Turkey, she conducted research on different forms of social and spatial segregation, gated communities, and urban transformation projects in Istanbul. Her current research investigates experiences of women workers in the early periods of labor migration from Turkey to Germany. Bartu Candan also worked as a consultant on cultural heritage and politics of the past in several European Union and World Bank projects. Among her publications are Yeni Istanbul Çalışmaları: Sınırlar, Mücadeleler, Açılımlar (2014, co-edited with Cenk Özbay, Metis Yayınları) and Kültür Denen Şey: Antropolojik Yaklaşımlar (2018, co-edited with Cenk Özbay, Metis Yayınları)