IKOS PhD Mid-term evaluation: When the remedy becomes a threat: AMR and the lifetimes of epidemic in Turkey

We want to invite you to an open evaluation with our PhD-fellow in Middle East Studies Nalan Azak. To comment on the candidates work, we have invited Professor Jenny White from Stockholm University, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies


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Nalan Azak (photo: UiO)

The mid-term evaluation is organized in two parts and starts with a 2-hour public seminar, followed by a closed meeting.

The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the progress of the PhD project at a point when it is still possible to make small or substantial changes. In general, we want to know how the candidate is doing, how much work is done, and what is left.

About the PhD candidate and her Research

Nalan Azak is employed as a Research Fellow at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages. Her project is connected to the lager research project "The Lifetimes of Epidemics in Europe and the Middle East"

Her main academic interests are:

To explore the local infrastructure and use of antibiotics in Turkey in light of the current antimicrobial resistance (AMR) problem. Similar to epidemics, AMR transgresses biotechnical, political and social processes, which poses a global threat to life and medicine. To better understand the biosocial and biopolitical temporalities that are entangled in public health, this research examine antibiotic use and AMR  in institutional and private spheres of health and care. The project looks at the temporalities that are at play in the implementation of biopolitical measures to tackle and control epidemic events by drawing on discourses of medical anthropology and the history of public health in Turkey.

Published Oct. 13, 2021 10:59 AM - Last modified Jan. 19, 2022 12:12 PM