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>>> First paper of what I hope to be a three-piece series on food banks in Istanbul/Turkey just came out of New Perspectives on Turkey (vol 62, pp.51-73). I discuss the food bank staff’s varying perceptions of who donates to the food banks. I then point out that the staff not only mis-perceives or mis-understands who the donors are, but that such a mis-perception is an intended masking of mis-managed (food) waste on the one hand and overproduction in the food supply chain on the other.

To read, follow the link

Title: Wasteful or sensible? Donor imageries in İstanbul’s food banks

Abstract: This paper explores how the staff of İstanbul’s food banks perceive the donors and the donations. The paper begins by exploring the literature on food banks; what food banks recover and redistribute; and the role food banks play in managing food insecurity. Next, how these three issues are represented in different models of food banks are discussed: in the non-profit model, the donors are “socially aware citizens” who contribute to the common good by helping to feed the hungry; whereas, for the for-profit model they are “caring capitalists” doing their best to reduce their carbon footprint and eliminate food waste while effectively managing the costs of waste disposal. In the municipal social markets, in contrast, the donors are “prodigal consumers” who cannot make correct resource allocation decisions and waste food as a result. For all the models, the donors are predominantly individuals or households and waste generation is perceived as a consumer problem, whereas in practice the donors are mostly corporations giving away their surplus stock. The paper concludes by underlining that this misperception shifts the conversation on waste generation and management away from production and supply chain problems and disciplines individuals as consumers.

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

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>>> Super excited for this new edited volume!!! Finally a stellar collection of STS works in Turkish. And, the best part? It is put together by the STS Turkey community!!

Of course, I have a contribution! Want to know more about what food banks have to do with databases and all? Well here is your chance!

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>>> A new edited volume I have been looking forward to just came out of Nika Publications. I have contributed to the volume with a chapter discussing precarity and urban food insecurity in contemporary Istanbul.

If you want to order the book, click here for the info!

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>>>I wrote a short piece on Covid 19 and its potential effects on the global social food movements. It is on Gastronometro. To read, click here

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>>>I wrote a short piece on the effects of COVID 19 for the urban food supply chain. Read here.

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>>>I have been wondering about how small businesses will handle the upcoming COVID19–adjacent food crisis. I finally put some of my thoughts on, well, virtual paper (i suppose?). If you want a quick read, click here

Talk

>>>I will be moderating a webinar with Associate Professor Özge Samancı and Chef Musa Dağdeviren. To see details click here!

Publication

>>> I published a short piece in Metro Gastro volume 97. You can check it by clicking here

Talk

>>>I will be moderating a webinar with Prof. Mustafa Koç from Ryerson University. To see details click here!

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>>>I will be talking about the “Politics of Life and Death at Istanbul’s Food Banks” in Orient-Institut Istanbul. To see more details:

Orient-Institut Istanbul

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>>>I will be talking about resistance mechanisms lower income Istanbulites use against demographic data collection and decision-making vis-a-vis granting/denying access to food banks by state agencies at Tekpol Pizza Seminars ODTÜ. To see full program:

Odtü Tekpol Pizza Seminerleri 2019

Talk

>>> I will be moderating the World Food Day Conference, 16 October 2019, Özyeğin University. To see full schedule :

16 Ekim 2019 Dünya Gıda Günü Konferansı – Türkiye’de Tarım , Gıda ve Değişen/Meyen Pratikler

Publication

>>> One of my Articles published in Yemek ve Kültür, food & culture quarterly from Turkey. (Protein sorunu ya da neden haz için gıdayı korumak istiyorum?)

Conference

>>> I will be at 2nd International Symposium on Men and Masculinities / Masculinities: Challenges and Possibilities in Troubling Times . To see the full program:

2. Uluslararası Erkekler ve Erkeklikler Sempozyumu

Talk

>>>I will be talking about the complexities and contradictions of Slow Food, aggrandizing of ‘traditional’, ‘slow’ cuisines and the latent exploitation of women’s reproductive labour in the domestic sphere as a part of Yerel ve Kırsal Kalkınma Uzmanlık Eğitimi Sertifika Programı at the Ozyegin University.

For the full program, see HERE.

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>>> I will be talking about “Food banks in İstanbul” in İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi Ayazağa Kampüsü as a part of STS TURKEY 2019.

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>>> I will be talking about “Sovereignty, Safety and Crysis of Food” in Ekofest 2019 Kazdağı. To see the full program:

Ekofest 2019

Publication

>>> An old piece of mine from MetroGastro got republished with minor edits on Vedat Milor’s Mizanplas. Follow the link in the tweet below for the whole piece.
Enjoy!!

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>>>SEV magazine talked to me for their summer 2019 issue.

Follow the link below the read the whole interview. We discussed food, food politics, sustainability and gastronomy.

“Gıda siyasi bir alandır”

SEV Connect – Yaz 2019

Conference

Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society 2019 Conference
Theme: Finding Home in the “Wilderness”: Explorations in Belonging in Circumpolar Food Systems Explorations in Belonging in Circumpolar Food Systems
Location: Anchorage, Alaska, USA, June 26-29, 2019
Panel: Food, Hunger and Charity (Theme: The Food System: Access, Availability, and Utilization)
The Deserving Subjects: Subject-Formation in Istanbul’s Food Banks
Link: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/academics/college-of-arts-and-sciences/programs/ASFS/schedule/ms1-food-hunger-and-charity.cshtml

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>>>This time I wrote specifically for Mr. Milor’s Mizanplas:

To read it, here is the link

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>>>One of my previously published essays is now featured in Vedat Milör’s Mizanplas.com. For those of you who want to read it, here is the link

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>>> One of my Articles published in Yemek ve Kültür, food & culture quarterly from Turkey. (Gıda bankalarında toplum kurgusu)

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>>>I made to the cover of Yemek ve Kültür again, a food & culture quarterly from Turkey. (Dünyayı açlıktan kurtarmak için üç model)

Conference

>>>I was at the Sustainable Food Conference at Fairmont Quasar Istanbul.
Well-worth checking out!
Were you there? Have we met? Shoot me an email <candanturkkan@gmail.com> and lets get back in touch!

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>>>I made to the cover of Yemek ve Kültür, food & culture quarterly from Turkey.
I am proud to be writing in such a respected journal with major names from the field. See my piece on the political economy of technological solutions to food scarcity and abundance problems at Yemek ve Kültür fall 2018 issue! (Eski dertler, yeni dermanlar ve teknolojik hayaller)

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>>>One of my pieces published in Mr. Milor’s Mizanplas:

To read it, here is the link

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>>>Recently Published:
Candan Turkkan (2018) Feeding the global city: urban transformation and urban food supply chain in 21st-century Istanbul, Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability,DOI: 10.1080/17549175.2018.1515785

Conference

Western Political Science Association 2018 Annual Meeting
Section 16: Political Thought: Historical Approaches
Panel 16.05: Rights, Foundings, and the Limits of Sovereignty
Provisioning the City, Feeding the Body Politic: Limits of Classical Sovereignty 
Friday, March 30, 2018, 8:00 – 9:45 AM

Talk

An Embodied Leviathan: Conceptualizing Sovereignty through the Provisioning of Ottoman Istanbul 

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Feb. 9, 2018, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication

>>> One of my Articles published in Yemek ve Kültür, food & culture quarterly from Turkey. (İntikam filmlerinden yemek tartışmaları)

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>>> One of my Articles published in Yemek ve Kültür, food & culture quarterly from Turkey.(Et, ot ve sefertasında hayatlar…)

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>>> One of my Articles published in Yemek ve Kültür, food & culture quarterly from Turkey. (İstanbul pazarlarında iş, aş ve toplumsal cinsiyet)

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>>>My analzye about the movie “Spirited Away” by Hayoa Miyazaki, published in Yemek ve Kültür, food & culture quarterly from Turkey. My piece is offering perspectives to understand food depictions of the movie. ( Hayao Miyazaki’nin “Spirited Away” filmindeki yemek tasvirleri )