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Elif Savas

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student

Office: 

Thompson 512

Email: 

Office Hours: 

Tuesdays: 2:30-4:30pm and by appointment

Degree: 

MA in Politics, The New School for Social Research, New York, 2017.

Bio: 

Degree:

  • MA in Politics, The New School for Social Research, New York, 2017. BA in Political Science & International Relations, and Philosophy (Double Major Program) Bogazici University, Istanbul, 2012.
  • Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies, The New School for Social Research, New York, 2017.

Research Interests:

My research interests focus on female sexuality and financialization of female sexual health. I completed my MA project on the conceptualization of virginity and alternative forms of resistance through a case study of hymen reconstruction surgery (hymenoplasty) in Turkey. My thesis also analyzed the kinds of female subjectivities formed between a surveilling patriarchal gaze and a highly capitalized health "industry".
I hope to develop my research as empirically-informed political theory while extending my knowledge in Biopolitics, Critical Theory and Feminist theory with a special focus on the formation of collective feelings through different ideological and institutional apparatuses.

Area of Study: 

  • Political theory

Program: 

  • Political Science