Agency, Enjoyment and Desire in Daily Lives of Istanbulite Women

Recipient of GrantDr. Sertaç Sehlikoglu


2016. “Exercising in Comfort: Islamicate Culture of Mahremiyet in Everyday Life”, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies: 12 (2).

2013. “Subjectivity and Desire: Members of the women-only gyms in Istanbul”, Research Report, Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia, Vol.1/1.



Sertaç Sehlikoglu is a social anthropologist whose research focuses on subjectivity, gender, sexuality, and the Middle East in general. In particular, I am interested in looking at seemingly mundane and trivial aspects of everyday life and link those aspects to an analysis of multi-layered (historical, religious, political, familial, and other) subjectivities. I often use realms of leisure to understand multiplicity of human subjectivity. My work has been published in edited collections and in several journals including Leisure Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, and the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. Currently, I am a visiting fellow at the Contemporary Turkish Studies of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). I will start as a Junior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge in October 2016.

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