elif çiğdem artan, phd

I am a sociologist with a scholarly and professional background in museology, urban studies, digital culture, migration, and gender.

As a DFG-doctoral fellow at IGK—Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin-New York-Toronto, I successfully earned my Ph.D. from TU Berlin. My research project, titled “The Future of the Present: Autonomous Archiving of Activist Videos,” focused on born-digital materials from the Occupy movements in New York and Istanbul. Grounded theory and ethnographic research methodologies guided my exploration.

Between May 2019 and September 2022, I served as a researcher at DaMigra (Dachverband der Migrantinnen e.V.) in Berlin, concentrating on racism and (hetero-)sexist gender-based violence. My expertise included the intersectional analysis required for the comprehensive implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Germany. I co-authored the DaMigra-GREVIO-Shadow Report and various political papers advocating for equity of human rights.

My involvement extends to global workshops, lectures, and paper publications, underscoring my commitment to knowledge production and dissemination.

Beyond research, I coordinate and curate the Federal German Migrant Women’s Association’s archival box at the Historical Museum Frankfurt. This participatory project empowers women to script their unique HERstory and curate their collective voice.

Currently, I am a Mercator-IPC 2022/23 Fellow, focused on ‘Documenting Turkey’s Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention and Discussing This Decision’s Potential for EU Member States.’

I am a co-founder of the Museum Professionals’ Association in Turkey and an ICOM (TR) CAMOC member.

I commute between Berlin and Istanbul.