Einstein Visiting Professor – Senior Fellowship: Özlem Savas

Research Group: “Migration, Flight and Diaspora”
Research Interest:
This research explores diasporic solidarity and affective politics that emerge and operate from intimate digital places of new migrants from Turkey. Due to recent increase in political repression and turmoil in Turkey, a growing number of people – mostly intellectuals, academics, journalists, artists and students – are leaving the country and settling around the globe, especially in Germany. New migrants from Turkey have created various digital media platforms and online groups to provide solidarity, collaboration and collectivity. These digital media sites serve as places of intimacy, affinity and affective politics, as they are imbued with collective, public and political feelings that emerge from common experiences of particular social, political and historical circumstances and that are registered as the basis of existing and possible collectivities.
The role of affective digital media environments in achieving solidarity, collectivity and transformative politics has been largely neglected in the growing scholarship on significant uses of digital media by migrants. This research firstly aims to explore the role of digital media in shaping and reshaping intimacy and affinity among migrants who hold common experiences. Secondly, it aims to explore new political horizons and subjectivities brought about by affective and affinity-based diasporic politics that play through intimate digital places and expand across other spaces. This research employs engaged and collaborative ethnographic methodology to generate particular and critical scholarly knowledge from within, and accessible and transformative knowledge that potentially contributes to migrant networks of our age.

Principal investigators
Foroutan Mahin, Naika Prof. Dr. (Details) (Integration Research and Social Policy)

Einstein Stiftung Berlin

Duration of project
Start date: 07/2018
End date: 03/2021

Research Areas
Humanities and Social Sciences, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Non-European Cultures, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies, Social Sciences

Research Areas
Migration, Migration und Integration

Last updated on 2022-07-09 at 13:06