IMG-20190412-WA0017My name is Candan Turkkan. I am an assistant professor at Ozyegin University (Istanbul/TR) Department of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts. I work on questions concerning urban food politics, critiques of capitalism (via global food movements and sustainability discussions) and mentalities of government (particularly of contemporary forms of neoliberalism, biopolitics and necroeconomics).  

I received my PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in political science. Though I am a political theorist by training, my work is proudly interdisciplinary and multi-method, transgressing the disciplinary boundaries of political theory, political economy and food studies. I also derive heavily from urban studies, women and gender studies, economic history, urban and human geography and anthropology. Political theoretical questions are at the foundation of my research and political theory remains my passion; however, my work has increasingly become much more… Flavorful? Palatable? Corporeal? 

These days, I am working on a book manuscript, publishing academic articles, giving talks and writing for general audience.  I am also teaching food politics and political theory. In Spring 2018, I was in Macalester College, teaching Global and Comparative Food Politics. Over the summer (2018), I was at Sabanci University with my now 5th time (always overcapacity and always highly appreciated) Food and Film course. Since Fall 2018, I am at Ozyegin University, discussing Food Sustainability in the Gastronomy and Culinary Arts department with the future star chefs of Turkey and beyond.

Follow the Publications tab, and you will find a list of my contemporary articles (academic), and essays (general audience) on questions of food, political economy and biopower.

Contact me at candanturkkan@gmail.com or candan.turkkan@ozyegin.edu.tr if you have any questions about me or my work. You can also find out more about me through my profiles @ LinkedIn and Academia.edu (I would be happy send you any articles and essays should they interest you. ).


Recently Published   

Candan Turkkan (2021) Who is “deserving” of aid? Subject-formation in Istanbul’s food banks, Food, Culture & Society, DOI: 10.1080/15528014.2021.1884419

Candan Turkkan (2020). Wasteful or sensible? Donor imageries in İstanbul’s food banks. New Perspectives on Turkey, 62, 51-73. DOI: 10.1017/npt.2020.8

Candan Turkkan (2019) Clean foods, motherhood and alternative food networks in contemporary Istanbul, Gender, Place & Culture, 26:2, 181-202. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2018.1552562

Forthcoming book from Brill: Feeding the City: Political Economy of Urban Provisioning

For more on publications, please see the Publications & Research tab. You can also find live updates on the most recent publications under the Most Recently… tab.