Ezgi Guner

Sociocultural Anthropology

Research Interests

  • transnationalism, humanitarianism and development, critical race theory, Islamic education, anthropology of state, African studies, Turkey, Middle East

Research Description

My dissertation research studies the emergence of Africa as a site of ethical intervention in Turkey over the last decades. Through the increase in diplomatic, humanitarian, economic and religious engagement with the continent, Africa has recently become more and more relevant for the Turkish society and vice versa. This transnational process, although orchestrated by the Turkish state, involves the mobilization of the civil society and the private sector who have gradually oriented themselves towards Africa. Based on 18 months of fieldwork in different parts of Turkey, Tanzania and Senegal, I analyze the discourses and practices of the faith-based humanitarian NGOs, Islamic schools run by religious groups from Turkey throughout the continent, and conservative business organizations. My research discusses the intersectionality of race and religion, whiteness in the Turkish context, the new ethics of citizenship under the AKP rule and the historical imagination pertaining to Africa.


  • 2018 Visiting fellow, Anthropology Department, Harvard University
  • 2009 BA, Cultural Studies, Sabanci University, Istanbul
  • 2008 Exchange student, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam