Dr. Burcu Mutlu has been working as a researcher and coordinator at the Project “Iran and Beyond – Breaking the Ground for Sustainable Scholarly Collaboration (IRSSC): Performance of Culture, Religion and Body as Strategies of Self-Empowerment in the Islamic Republic Iran” (Principle Investigator: Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika, Co-PI for the research field “Human, Medicine and Society” Dr. Melike Şahinol, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), within the framework of the research field Human, Medicine and Society at the Orient-Institut Istanbul. As part of the IRSSC project, together with Dr. Şahinol, Dr. Mutlu will conduct a comparative analysis of the interplay of religion, science and body materiality within specific biomedical projects in Turkey and Iran. Dr. Mutlu received her Ph.D. in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology & Society (HASTS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in February 2019. She was also a research associate in the program in Science, Religion, and Culture (SRC) at Harvard Divinity School from July 1, 2017 to September 1, 2018. She earned her BA in International Relations and Political Science from Marmara University in 2005 and her MA in Sociology from Boğaziçi University in 2009. She also worked as a research assistant in Sociology at Istanbul Şehir University from 2009 to 2011. Her research interests include anthropology of science, medicine and technology, assisted reproductive technologies (namely IVF, gamete donation, sex selection & PGD), trans/national reproduction and biopolitics, technologies of care, and feminist STS.
Anthropology of Science, Technology and Medicine;
Biotechnologies, Reproduction and Tissue Economies
Reproductive Ethics, Subject-Making and Moral (Bio)Economy
Biotechnologies and Biopolitics
20.05.2019:“A Preliminary Review of Literature: Body, Medicine and Technology.” Orient-Institut Istanbul.
03.02.2019: “Seeking Forbidden Biotechnologies Abroad to Make Babies”
Health & Society Working Group, Istanbul, Turkey.
29.06.2018: “The Moral Economy of Secrecy and Turkish Egg Donors.” Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) Conference: ‘Remaking Reproduction, the Global Politics of Reproductive Technologies. Cambridge. UK.
14.05.2018: “The Moral Economy of Secrecy in Trans/national Egg Donation between Turkey and Northern Cyprus.” The Science, Religion and Culture Symposium, Harvard Divinity School. Cambridge, MA, USA.
20.04.2018: “Making Babies Abroad, Staging “Normal” Families at Home” The Annual Conference of Central States Anthropological Society. Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
29.11.2017: “Non-Virgins, Non-Mothers!: Turkish Young Women’s Experiences of Donating Eggs in Secrecy Across Borders.” The Annual Meeting of American Anthropological
Association. Washington DC, USA.
27.10.2017: “Techniques of Secrecy in Cross-Border Egg Donation: Crafting Moral (Gendered) Selves in Contemporary Turkey.” The 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Religion: “Ways of Knowing.” Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, USA.
31.08.2017: “Cross-Border Travels for Test-Tube Babies: The (Re)making of Northern Cyprus as Turkey’s Ethical Grey Zone” the Annual Meeting of Society for Social Studies of Science. Boston, MA, USA.
01.04.2017: “Better than Adoption!”: The Invisibility of Gamete Donation and The Visibility of Pregnancy in the context of Transnational Gamete Donation in Turkey.” The Graduate
Consortium in Women’s Studies 2017 Conference: “The Personal is still Political,” MIT,
Cambridge, MA, USA.
24.02.2017: “The Politics of Secrecy in ‘Tube-Baby Tourism’ from Turkey to
Northern Cyprus.” The Science, Religion, and Culture Colloquium, Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA, USA.
02.12.2016: “Ulusötesi Üreme Hareketlilikleri: Türkiye’den Yurtdışına “Tüp Bebek Turizmi[Transnational Reproductive Mobilities: ‘Tube Baby’ Tourism from Turkey to Abroad].
- Ulusal Sosyoloji Kongresi: Farklılıklar, Çatışmalar ve Hareketlilikler Çağında Sosyoloji [ 8th
National Sociological Congress]. ODTÜ, Ankara, Turkey.
23.07.2016: “Re-elaborating Kin Ties in Transnational Egg Donation: the Perspective of Turkish Egg Donors.” The European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference: Anthropological Legacies and Human Futures. University of Milano-Bicocca. Milan, Italy.
13.07.2016: “Trans/national Reproduction: Turkish Egg Donors in a Northern Cypriot Clinic.” The Meeting of Reproductive Health Working Group in the Arab World and Turkey. Broumana, Lebanon.
22.04.2016: “Reproductive Tourism” from the Perspective of Turkish Egg Donors.” Gender, Bodies & Technology Conference (an initiative within the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Virginia Tech), Roanoke, Virginia, USA.
30.05.2015: “The Gendered Ethics of Secrecy and Disclosure in Transnational Sex Selection from Turkey to Northern Cyprus.” (In)Fercit International Conference on Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece.
28.03.2015: “The Moral Dilemmas of Disclosure in Transnational Sex Selection from Turkey to Northern Cyprus,” The Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies 2015 Conference: “Power & (In)Visibility,” MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA.
22.02.2014: “Online Moral Economy of Sex Selection in the Women’s Club, Turkey,” MIT
Symposium on Gender & Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.
11.10.2013: “Technologically Mediated Technologically Mediated Family Secrets in Turkey: Morally Accounting for Sex Selection Online,” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, USA.
06.04.2013: “IVF and Constructions of the Couples”, The Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies 2013 Conference: “Clash Zones: Identities in (R)evolution,” MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA.
26.08.2010: “Between Hope and Fear: Women’s Accounts of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Turkey,” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Tokyo, Japan.
Mutlu, Burcu.“Gizleyerek Aile Olmak: Yurtdışında Yasaklı Biyoteknolojilerle Çare Arayışları[Making Families in Secrecy: Seeking Forbidden Biotechnologies Abroad As Last
Resort].” Toplum ve Bilim [Society and Science] 144 (Special Issue on Science, Technology and Society). 2018. Pp. 161-193.
Mutlu, Burcu. “Cinsellik, Üreme/Doğurganlık, ve Sağlık Politikaları Üzerine Sohbet [ A Conversation on the Politics of Sexuality, Reproduction, and Health].” (with Neslihan Şen, Nilay Erten, Nurhak Polat, Seda Saluk and Şafak Kılıçtepe). Kültür ve Siyasette Feminist Yaklaşımlar 33-34 [Feminist Approaches in Culture and Politics]. 2018. Pp. 123-154.
Mutlu, Burcu. “Morally Accounting for Sex Selection Online in Turkey.” BioSocieties 12(4). 2017. Pp. 543- 567.
Mutlu, Burcu. “The Gendered Ethics of Secrecy and Disclosure in Transnational Sex Selection
from Turkey to Northern Cyprus.” In (In)Fertile Citizens: Anthropological and Legal Challenges of Assisted Reproduction Technologies (Conference Proceedings). Venetia Kantsa, Lina Papadopoulou and Giulia Zanini (eds). 2015. Alexandria Publishing House.
Mutlu, Burcu. “Türkiye’de ‘Üremeye Yardımcı’ Teknolojiler: Kadınların Tüp Bebek Anlatıları [ “Assisted” Reproductive Technologies in Turkey: Women’s Narratives of Tube Baby Technologies]. In Neoliberalizm ve Mahremiyet: Türkiye’de Beden, Sağlık ve Cinsellik [Neoliberalism and Intimacy: Body, Health and Sexuality in Turkey]. Ayşecan Terzioğlu, Cenk Özbay and Yeşim Yasin (eds). 2011. Istanbul: Metis.
Mutlu, Burcu. “”Kariyer de Yaparım, (Tüp) Bebek de! [ I make a Career as well as a (Tube) Baby].” Amargi 15 (Amargi Feminist Journal). 2009. Pp. 37-39.