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Salih Can Aciksoz

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Email    aciksoz@ucla.edu
Office  Haines 305
My research and teaching is in the areas of medical and political anthropology, gender and disability studies, and affect theory.

My long-term ethnographic research, focusing on disabled military veterans of Turkey’s Kurdish conflict, examines how bodily effects of violence produce new modes of gendered subjectivity and political agency in zones of war and political violence. I have also published articles on disabled sexuality and assisted reproduction, war trauma and the globalization of PTSD, riot control agents and medical humanitarianism, risk imaginaries in prenatal diagnosis, and feminist and LGBT resistance to neoconservative authoritarianism. I am currently working on a manuscript entitled “Sovereignty and Sacrifice: Gender, Political Violence, and the Body in Turkey” as well as journal articles on postwar temporalities and the performative politics of state masculinity.

Selected Publications

2015    Ghosts Within: Genealogies of War Trauma in Turkey. The Journal of Turkish and Ottoman Studies Fall 3(1). (Forthcoming)

2015    Medical Humanitarianism Under Atmospheric Violence: Healthcare Workers in the 2013 Gezi Protests in Turkey. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry. Published online before print in Spring 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s11013-015-9467-2 

2015    In Vitro Nationalism: Masculinity, Disability and Assisted Reproduction in War Torn Turkey. In Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures, edited by Gul Ozyegin. Farnham: Ashgate, 19-37.

2014    Ghazis or Beggars: The Double Life of Turkish Disabled Veterans.Ethnologie Française 2014(2): 247-256.

2012    Sacrificial Limbs of Sovereignty: Disabled Veterans, Masculinity, and Nationalist Politics in Turkey. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26(1): 4-26.


Medical and political anthropology; gender and disability studies; affect theory; disabled military veterans