Esra Kazanbas

I am an M.A. student in the Gender and Social Justice program in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. I completed my B.A. degree in Western Languages and Literatures program at Bogazici University, Istanbul and graduated with an honors degree. During my B.A. degree, I volunteered at Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation, Istanbul for more than two years which is the one and only women’s library in Turkey. Apart from my main responsibility as an archivist at the library, I took parts in numerous organizations held in the library such as; short-term classes on sexual assault and sexual health. I was also a member of the Women’s Studies Club at Bogazici University where we organized several events for special days and conferences. In my junior year, I helped Prof. Isil Bas to organize an international symposium on violence against women which was funded by Consulate General of Sweden, Istanbul. In my research, I focus on the body politics of the current Turkish government. I particularly interested in how the government uses mediums of biopower to control women’s bodies differently from the previous periods. For my thesis, I am working on a Foucauldian analysis of the government’s discourses on women.

Awards

Turkish National Agency Grant, 2014

BUVAK (Bogazici University Foundation), 2016

CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) Margaret Brine Bursary, 2017