I was born in '96 in Turkey, studied Sociology for Bachelors, with minors in City and Regional Planning in Middle East Technical University (Ankara/Turkey); graduated in '19.
My encounter with STS and ethnography began in Bochum while taking part in the Erasmus exchange programme, when i had the pleasure to take a class on Helen Verran's "Science and African Logic". Afterwards, i read some Latour which "woke me up from my dogmatic slumber"; applied to the MA STS Programme in Goethe University Frankfurt, where i am currently a 2nd semester student.
I like making overambitious and overzealous projects, throwing them against the wall and pondering what sticks. For examples so far i tried to conduct a Rhythmanalysis of the Tramline in İzmir, which failed utterly, and am in the process of writing a paper on Online Erotic Roleplay as Sexwork, which would have been presented in the "Kulturwissenschaftliche Höhepunkte Und Abgründe" conferance in Hamburg, had it not been postponed because of coronavirus.
I do not consider myself a scholar of anything in particular, nor do i consider myself a scholar. I try not to take Science too seriously, am more interested in radicaly new ideas than anything else. If these ideas are realisable in any political way, all the better.
My current interests are centered around Necropolitics. In my thesis, i hope to identify, critique and confront technologies of spectacular necropolitics. I plan on taking the covid-19 pandemic as the ground of my research, and focus on how "unskilled" abour were "made" "essential", how medial workers were "made" "heroes", and how perhaps we should consider them instead as hostages and unwilling martyrs.
I also want to focus on the rise and dissemination of ecofasict discourse through social media platforms with stories of "earthy revival" and through streets with the anti-lockdown protest signs ("Cull the weak, work makes free, muzzles are for slaves", etc.)
I want to locate the necropolitics of covid-19 but not equate them to one another, thus i also plan on including a genaology of the tools and technologies and notions we use to "deal with" death. I believe the post-human, zoe-centric notions of death scholars such as Rosi Braidotti brings forth, may prove to be valuable tools in trying to comprehend the decay of old thanatological technologies such as the Towers of Silence, and the birth of new ones such as "turning your corpse into a tree".
I am delighted to be able to share all this with you, and i look forward to learning through collaborations with you.
Anonymous, 13 August 2020, "Efe Cengiz Collaborative Bio", contributed by Efe Cengiz, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 13 August 2020, accessed 24 March 2023. https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/efe-cengiz-collaborative-bio
This is my collaboration bio as of 13.08.2020 . I created this artifact to share with fellow participants in advance of the 6S pre-conference workshop. The full essay of collaboration bios can be found here.