Cengiz Haksöz

April 9, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

PIZZA & POLITICS: “Eating in Gezi, Devoured by Gezi: Food and Resistance in 2013 Istanbul Gezi Park Protests” 

Cengiz Haksöz, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology


12 PM, 4130 Posvar Hall

Food may be a marker of identity, metaphor for social change, and means of resistance. Gezi Park events started after brutal interventions were made by police against Gezi Park occupiers on May 29, 2013, quickly escalating into one of the greatest civil protests in Turkish history, and spreading to other parts of the country. During the events, protesters responded to misinformation from mass media and accusations of the government in a variety of creative ways.  Drawing from in-situ observations, news and social media, Haksöz will focus on food as one of these creative responses of the protesters to the government and its mass media, and will analyze how food has been used by the protesters as an ideology, and for solidarity and resistance. 


Sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center

Location and Address

4130 WWPH