An Impromptu Uprising: Ethnographic Reflections on the Gezi Park Protests in Turkey

This Hot Spot addresses the anti-government protests that first sprang up in Gezi Park, Taksim, in Istanbul in the summer of 2013, and later spread to much of Turkey. The brief articles presented here each approach this uprising from a different angle, trying to decipher the new social forms Gezi Park generated. These unprecedented protests pushed anthropologists to think “outside the box” in their efforts to understand the event, moving beyond older frames of analysis. The series editors, Umut Yildirim and Yael Navaro-Yashin, each provide an introductory editorial.

Posts in This Series

Editorial—An Uprising on the Verge of Comparison

Editorial—Breaking Memory, Spoiling Memorization: The Taksim Protests in Istanbul

Masculinized Power, Queered Resistance

The What of Occupation: “You Took Our Cemetery, You Won’t Have Our Park!”

The Politics of Visibility

On the Fantasy of Dispossession

On the Joy and Melancholy of Politics

The Politics of Humor and Humor as Politics during Turkey’s Gezi Park Protests

A Look at Gezi Park from Turkey’s Kurdistan

Kissing the Mahrem in Ankara

Improbable Encounters: Marching for Lice in Kadıköy

Protest and the Limits of the Body

Suspending the Limits of the Sayable . . .

What is Queer about Gezi?

Nefes: Notes on Breath

Shadows of the 1980 Coup and the Syrian War: Resisting in Antakya

The Soil Does Not Have History

“Ghosts” of a Situationist Protest, Deadly Edges of Kemalism

Gezi Protest Visuals