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  • The collector's world 

    The article discusses the figure of the collector. We start with positioning the collector in relation to a lack, emphasizing that collecting is not about aesthetic beauty, pleasure or even perfectness, but primarily about filling a gap. The collection itself is merely a by-product of the desire to collect. Discussing how this desire is socially mediated, we move on to contextualizing the collector in relation to the distinction between the useful and the useless. We stress, in this context, that ...

  • The despotic imperative: From Hiero to the circle 

    Authors:Diken, Bülent
    Publisher and Date:(Duke University Press, 2019)
    The article thematizes the actuality of despotism through a double reading of Xenophon’s Hiero and Dave Eggers’s Circle. A key text on despotism, Hiero is interesting to reconsider in a contemporary context because of its explicit focus on the economic element in the nexus of despotism, economy, and voluntary servitude. Discussing this nexus in an ancient context, the article turns to The Circle, a dystopic novel from 2013, which elaborates on how the attempt at creating a transparent society ...

  • Epik tiyatronun sinemaya uyarlanması ve örnek bir kısa film ''Z Raporu'' 

    Authors:Anılmış, Emre
    Publisher and Date:(Kadir Has University, 2018)
    Bu tez çalışmasında ‘’Z Raporu’’ isimli kısa film çekilmiştir. Z Raporu bir iş yeri filmidir. Epik Brechtyen film kategorisine giren film, her iş yerinde olduğu gibi çalışan insanların ‘’durumları’’, ‘’hırsları’’, ‘’özverileri’’, ‘’olumsuzlukları’’, ‘’istekleri’’ ve ‘’hedefleri’’ temaları üzerinde anlatılmaktadır. Kemal, 20’li yaşlarında Üniversite hayali olan bir gençtir. Fakat umduğu gibi olmaz ve hedeflerini değiştirme kararına girer. Bir hedefi vardır; iş yerinde yükselmek ve saygınlık ...

  • "Life is a state of mind' - on fiction, society and Trump 

    Authors:Diken, Bülent; Laustsen, Carsten Bagge
    Publisher and Date:(Routledge Journals, 2017)
    The article undertakes an allegorical double reading of Being There and Trump as instances of what we call socio-fiction. Crucially in this respect, reality and fiction are not two opposed realms. The two realms always interact in subtle ways, which is why cinema can be a resource for diagnostic social analysis. We first articulate a general commentary on the relationship between cinema and society, introducing the concept of socio-fiction'. Secondly, we analyse Peter Sellers' Being There, an ...

  • Migration the sociology of mobility and critical theory 

    Authors:Diken, Bülent
    Publisher and Date:(Taylor & Francis, 2018)
    Being one of my PhD supervisors John’s influence on my intellectual life has been decisive in many respects. However his work has inspired me especially in relation to three fields: immigration the sociology of critique and the critique of mobility. The following is a reflective account of this. First I focus on immigration in the prism of mobility. Then I turn to the sociology of critique in the framework of mobility. Finally I revisit the link between critique and immobility relating this to the ...

  • Money Religion and Symbolic Exchange in Winter Sleep 

    Authors:Diken, Bülent
    Publisher and Date:(Berghahn Journals, 2017)
    Winter Sleep is the latest film from Nuri Bilge Ceylan a Turkish director and screenwriter who has received international acclaim. For the purpose of social and cultural analysis this article critically focuses on the film's key themes and maneuvers that have diagnostic value from a social theoretical viewpoint. These themes are religion the relationship between religion and capitalism and symbolic exchange. Organized around these topics the article examines the religion-capitalism-symbolic exchange ...

  • Neo-Despotism as Anti-Despotism 

    Authors:Diken, Bülent
    Publisher and Date:(Sage Publications, 2021)
    I treat despotism as a virtual concept. Thus it is necessary to expose its actualizations even when it appears as its opposite, refusing to recognize itself as despotism. I define despotism initially as arbitrary rule, in terms of a monstrous transgression of the law. But since the monster is grounded in its very formlessness, it cannot be demonstrated. However, one can always try to de-monstrate it through disagreements. In doing this, I deal with despotism not as a solipsistic undertaking but ...

  • Representations of everyday life in İnci Eviner’s We, Elsewhere: comedy, use and free will 

    Authors:Tuncer, Ezgi; Diken, Bülent
    Publisher and Date:(Routledge, 2021)
    İnci Eviner's installation We, Elsewhere 1 for the Turkey Pavilion 2 at the 58th Venice Art Biennial offers a spectacle of the incomplete, in which the objects, videos and their characters, and sounds in the piece, along with the exhibition space itself, consist all of halves, missing something. It is designed as a non-place in the midst of nowhere, which appears as a liminal space of exception, in which the inside and outside become indistinct. In this respect, the role of the large ramp, which ...

  • Resistance is an inside job: Liquid surveillance within the context of dispositif, subject and lines of flight 

    Authors:Uçak, Mesut
    Publisher and Date:(Kadir Has University, 2020)
    Despite the growing human rights and privacy concerns, liquid surveillance machine is now capable of moving with lightning speed in all areas of our lives. Governments and huge transnational companies exploit the data that are gathered from our physical and digital activities with highly questionable methods and purposes. While governments legitimize their efforts by relying on national security discourse and companies on so-called customer satisfaction, now we face an unprecedented privacy crisis ...

  • Sarmaşık’in Machiavelli’ye uzanan kökleri : Sarmaşık filminin Machiavelli’nin siyaset felsefesi ile analizi 

    Authors:Yasin, Fatih
    Publisher and Date:(Kadir Has University, 2018)
    Bu çalışma yönetmen Tolga Karaçelik’in 2015 yılında çektiği Sarmaşık filmini bir Rönesans dönemi düşünürü olan Niccolo Machiavelli’nin siyaset felsefesi ile beraber analiz etmektedir. Bir gemide mahsur kalan altı insanın sınırlı kaynaklarla geçirdikleri günleri anlatan film, egemenlik, otorite ve yönetim hakkında düşünmeye imkân sağlamaktadır. Kaptanın gemisini yönetmeye ve egemenliğini korumaya çalışması, Machiavelli’nin devlet yönetimine ve egemenliğin korunmasına dair fikirleri ışığında incelenmiş ...

  • Sinematik terör : sinemanın terörü ve terörün sineması 

    Authors:Cengiz, Ela
    Publisher and Date:(Kadir Has University, 2018)
    Bu çalışma terör ile sinema arasında bir analoji kuruyor ve bu bağlamda terör sinema ilişkisine odaklanıyor. Bu etkileşimli yüzeyi görünür kılabilmek için önce Zizek ve Baudrillard’ın felsefeleri bağlamında sosyolojik bir terör analizi yapılarak Agamben’e varılıyor. Ardından sinemanın kavramsal tanımı yapılıyor. Bu bağlamda imgeyi sinemanın düşünme tarzı olarak alıyor ve bunu Deleuze’ün hareket-imge, zaman-imge kavramları ile açıklıyor. Buradan hareketle Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985), Kurtuluş Günü ...

  • Terror as potentiality - the affective rhythms of the political 

    Authors:Diken, Bülent; Laustsen, Carsten Bagge
    Publisher and Date:(Routledge Journals, 2018)
    The paper addresses the ways in which the cultural, the affective and the political intersect, counter and/or feed upon one another in the context of contemporary terror. Initially, building upon Machiavelli and Hobbes, we deal with the political significance of terror (and the fear it provokes), emphasizing its potentiality, which inscribes future within the present. Then we turn to an analysis of terror in the prism of securitization. Terror, in this respect, amounts to de-materialization (the ...