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S. Can ACIKSOZ

Dept. of Anthropology | UCLA
Presentation: " Worlding War Disability: Abandonment, Sacrifice, Community"

I am an interdisciplinary-minded anthropologist with a guiding interest in the intersections of violence, embodiment, gender, and subjectivity. My first book manuscript, entitled Sacrificial Limbs of Sovereignty: Gender, Political Violence, and the Body in Turkey, is an ethnographic study of war disability, masculinity, and political subjectivity in the context of the Kurdish conflict. Focused on Turkish disabled conscripts who fought against Kurdish guerrillas in Turkey and Northern Iraq, the manuscript examines how Turkish veterans’ gendered and classed experiences of war and disability are hardened into an emergent form of ultranationalist politics.

My second book project, entitled Humanitarian Borderlands: Medicine, Violence, and the State, centers on the vexed relations among medicine, political violence, and (in)humanitarianism in Turkey’s Kurdish region and along the militarized Turkish/Syrian border. The work asks how convergences of local political struggles and transnational discourses of neutrality, humanitarianism, terrorism, and human rights usher new configurations of care, politics, and ethics.

In addition to these two long term projects, I have published articles on war trauma and the globalization of PTSD, disabled sexuality and assisted reproduction, medical humanitarianism and riot control agents, risk imaginaries in prenatal diagnosis, and feminist and queer resistance to gender conservative authoritarian populisms. I currently teach Affect Theory: An Anthropological Introduction; Gender, Violence and the Body; and Medical Anthropology.