Elif Irem Az

Elif Irem Az

Research Concentrations

Resource Extraction, Political Economy, Labor, Materiality, Body, Difference, Ideology


Near East, Middle East; Turkey


Irem’s research is situated in a postdisaster coalmining context, in Aegean Turkey. Heeding the ongoing effects of the Soma Mining Disaster of May 13, 2014, she examines the relationship between socioeconomic vulnerability, forms of life, labor and political possibility within the local and global frameworks of reviving coal production, increasing social and health inequalities, and the rise and consolidation of right-wing regimes. She asks whether the crises of political representation have anything to do with the conflation of the subjective and bodily experiences of labor and its lack, and the internal and external perceptions of 'angry and resentful working classes.’

Irem’s earlier work was on military masculinities and professional military education in contemporary Turkey, and she has ongoing interests in militaries, militarism, and gender and violence.


Sabanci University, MA in Cultural Studies, 2014
Bogazici University, BA in Political Science and International Relations, 2012

E. Irem Az. "Against exploitation and contempt: Independent Miners' Union of Soma." 1+1 Forum. 10 March 2019.

E. Irem Az. "Simple Scarecrow Tense." Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research. Vol. 6 No. 3 (18 December 2020): pp. 344-346.