Burak Taşdizen studied industrial design at Middle East Technical University. He wrote an ethnography of knitting practice over a women’s knitting community, focusing on the micro-economies surrounding the knitting pattern and skill as part of his master’s studies during which he received Course Performance Award from METU Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences. Taşdizen worked as a Research Assistant at Özyeğin University Department of Industrial Design between 2016-2019 and taught undergraduate design studio. Taşdizen’s research focuses on vulnerable populations and their relations to technologies, and is ethnographically grounded. Taşdizen continues his PhD education in Design, Technology and Society program at Özyeğin University, and scrutinizes the care networks designed and maintained by citizens in Istanbul for the well-being of street cats of Istanbul and interrogates these assemblages’ design activist potentials. Taşdizen’s research has been supported by Center for Spatial Justice and Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology. From 2020 onwards, Burak Taşdizen started working as a Research Associate at Orient-Institut Istanbul, “Human, Medicine, and Society” research field.
Science and technology studies (STS), feminist technoscience
Sociology of medicine, in particular sociology of body and body modification practices
Ethnography for/of design, in particular (communities of) non-professional design practices and non-designer design activisms
Animal studies; in particular domesticated animals and construction of animal geographies in the city
Masculinity studies, LGBT studies
21.01.2020: “Posthuman Feminist Theory: Body Modification and Empowerment”, Technology and the Body: Care, Empowerment and the Fluidity of Bodies, 21 January 2020, organized by Orient-Institut Istanbul, Istanbul (Turkey).
28.12.2019: “İnsanın Dışında, Tasarımın Ötesinde: Sokak Hayvanları, Geçici Birleştirmeler ve Tasarım Aktivizmi”, MAD Araştırma Çalıştayı, 27-28 December 2019, organized by Mekanda Adalet Derneği / Center for Spatial Justice, Istanbul (Turkey).
12.09.2019: “#SağlamTipler: An Exploration of Idealised Masculinity on Hornet”, 2. Uluslararası Erkekler ve Erkeklikler Sempozyumu, 12-14 September 2019, organized by Eleştirel Erkeklik İncelemeleri İnisiyatifi / Iniative for Critical Studies of Masculinities coordination, supported by Özyeğin University, Raoul Wallenberg Institute und Research Worldwide Istanbul, Istanbul (Turkey).
11.05.2019: “#SağlamTipler: Hornet’te idealize edilen erkekliğin bir araştırması”, Türkiye’de Erkeklik Çalışmaları: Sorunlar ve İmkanlar, 10-11 May 2019, organized by Eleştirel Erkeklik İncelemeleri İnisiyatifi / Iniative for Critical Studies of Masculinities coordination, supported by Özyeğin University, Raoul Wallenberg Institute und Research Worldwide Istanbul, Istanbul (Turkey).
10.05.2016: “Between open-source and commerce: micropolitics of authorship and originality in a knitting community”, 15th Annual STS Conference: Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies, 9–10 May 2016, organized by Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt | Vienna | Graz (STS), the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ) und The Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) coordination, Graz (Austria).
9.04.2016: “Social Media in a Knitting Community in Ankara, Turkey”, Social Media in Turkey: Uses and impacts in Social and Political Life, 9 April 2016, organized by British Institute Ankara, METU, Ankara (Turkey).
15.05.2015. “Immoral objects: A psychogeography of gentrification in Ulus”, 4T: Design in Times of Turmoil, 14-15 May 2015, organized by 4T Tasarım ve Tasarım Tarihi Topluluğu / 4T Design and Design History Society coordination, Yaşar University, İzmir (Turkey).
—- with Erözçelik, Alayça. „Designing on the Spot: Learning from the Social Design Projects in Gökçeada/Imbros Island”. The Design Journal 20(sup1) (2017).
—- with Kaygan, Harun. “Ahlak Dışı Nesneler: Ulus’ta Kentsel Dönüşümün Bir Psikocoğrafyası”. Ankara Araştırmaları Dergisi 4(2) (2016). 89-103.
Cartography of Hair:y_less Masculinities. A comparison between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Turkey