Research Fellow (DAAD)
Haktan Ural gained his MS and PhD degrees in Sociology from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey). He is currently assistant professor of Sociology at Ankara University and will be staying as a DAAD Visiting Researcher with the Sociology of Emotions Group here at Freie Universität until the end of November.
He has published articles in International Journal of Communication, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Emotion Space and Society, and an edited volume (Palgrave MacMillan 2018).
While in Berlin, he is pursing research briefly summarized below.
Affective-discursive narratives of ‘new Turkey’: Transformations of national days and Turkish identity
This research aims at understanding the transforming discourses of national identity, particularly focusing on the case of Turkey. Using the rhetoric of constructing ‘new Turkey’, the JDP government in Turkey has put into practice a novel mode of identity politics, seeking to redefine the Turkish identity as a religiously conservative nationality that exalts its Ottoman past. By taking this political and cultural transformation as a point of departure, this research investigates cultural politics of emotions enmeshed in national symbolism. To do so, I specifically examine transformations of national days as a particular technology of symbolism. Specifically, I examine the celebration of Istanbul’s conquest by Ottoman forces in 1453. I draw upon media texts as a heuristic to illustrate the symbolism of national identity, in which contesting definitions of Turkish identity are created, maintained and negotiated. Scrutinizing the ways that national days are claimed or disclaimed, reinvented or contested through media texts, I suggest that media discourses are not only a regime of knowledge that marks the symbolic boundaries of national identity. I instead build upon Ahmed’s (2004) views on “emotionality of texts” and argue that discursive practices are laden with diverse emotional registers that produce the boundaries and meanings of nation (Ahmed, 2005). Discursive constructions of national identities are thus regimes of truth that are also moulded by affective orientations towards the nation. Viewing through this lens, remembering the national past is deeply linked to affective dispositions towards the past; what is remembered as national and how it is remembered cannot be dissociated from the emotional narratives.
Sociology of Emotions
Gender and Sexualities