Salih Can Aciksoz

Salih Can Aciksoz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas in 2011 and served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the College of William and Mary before joining the University of Arizona. His research interests include war veterans, masculinities, embodiment, disability, health, violence, affect and trauma, sovereignty, nationalism, social movements, new reproductive technologies, and LGBTIQ issues in the context of Turkey and the broader Middle East. He has published several articles in edited volumes and journals like Medical Anthropology Quarterly and Ethnologie Française. His forthcoming works include “In Vitro Nationalism: War Disability, Masculinity and Assisted Conception” in Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Societies, ed. By Gul Ozyegin (Ashgate) and “Being-on-the-Mountains: The Affective Afterlife of War” in the Journal of Turkish and Ottoman Studies. His book manuscript, provisionally entitled “Sacrificial Limbs of Sovereignty: Gender, Violence, and Nationalism in Turkey,” is an ethnographic study of disability, masculinity, and political subjectivity in an ethno-politically divided nation. His most recent work focusing on tear gas use examines the contemporary encounters between neoliberal state violence and medical humanitarianism aligned with social protest.

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