Azat Gündoğan is an Honors Program faculty member at Florida State University. He is an urban sociologist whose research interests stand at the junction of urban sociology, social movements, Middle East studies, and Kurdish and Turkish studies. In addition to his articles in urban studies journals such as CITY and Urban Geography, Azat published articles and book chapters on the Kurdish liberation movement in the 1960s and authoritarianism in Turkey.
time at the Max Planck Institute, Azat will work on his book, provisionally
titled The Backwater: Extended
Urbanization in Greater Istanbul. This work seeks to develop a holistic
understanding of how the relentless growth of Istanbul – now classified as a
third-tier global city – has formed and transformed its peripheries and how the
makers of peripheral cities, migrant laborers, have negotiated living and
working conditions in relation to the outlying status of their city. His
methodology combines urban ethnography, archival research in official archives
and local/national periodicals, and governance and policy analysis.
Stay at MPI-MMG:
June - August 2022