Dr. Nursem Keskin Aksay

KADEM Board Member


She got her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Philosophy with honors from Boğaziçi University in 2009 and received a full scholarship to Koç University Comparative History and Society Studies Master’s Program. She worked as a lecturer and research assistant at Koç University and gave Sociology, Anthropology, and History courses. She completed her master’s dissertation titled Moral Guardianism at the Intersection of the Household and the Workplace: Women Factory Workers in Denizli” in 2012. Later, she received her Ph.D. from the Berlin School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universitat, Department of Political and Social Sciences, with the highest degree in 2017 with her thesis titled “The Discursive Emergence of ‘Islamic Bourgeoisie’ and Middle Class Veiled Muslim Women in Istanbul.” She was awarded the DFG (German Research Foundation) doctoral research grant between 2012-2017. During her doctoral research process, she provided lectures on gender, class, anthropology of Islam, urban anthropology, and secularism at Freie University, Humboldt University, and European University Viadrina. In 2015 and 2016, she coordinated research projects as a Research Assistant at Üsküdar University Postcolonial Studies Research Center (PAMER). The research center she coordinated completed the research projects “Postcolonial Traces in Daily Life” (“Gündelik Hayatta Sömürge Sonrası İzler”), “Citizenship Concepts in Turkey and European Countries” (“Türkiye ve Avrupa Ülkeleri-Vatandaşlık Kavramları”) and “Perception on Refugees” (“Mülteci Algısı”) along with published articles and exhibitions. Nursem Keskin Aksay has been the Deputy Head of the Department and a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Ibn Haldun University since 2019, and she currently gives lectures on Social-Cultural Anthropology, Social Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, Gender and Space, and Ethnography of Space. She is also working on the scientific research project titled “Experiences of “Islamist” Women from the 1960s to the Present in a Religious, Social and Emotional Context.”