Engin Sustam

Invited Researcher of DEA Programme
Stay in France: from September 15th to October 20th, 2019

Engin Sustam completed his undergraduate studies in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Sociology (2000) and had his master degree in the same faculty (2002). He then had another master degree (DEA, 2005) and his PhD (2012) degree in EHESS, Department of Sociology. He then worked as a full-time philosophy and sociology lecturer in Turkey. He is currently an associate researcher at IFEA in Istanbul and he has worked as a visiting scholar in Queen Mary University of London, the University of Geneva, EHESS, FMSH, ENS, University Paris 8 among others. He is also a member of the SAR (Scholars at Risk) program of the New York University. He is currently a visiting researcher in FMSH Paris. His main interests include, among others, "urban uprisings in the Kurdish Space and social ecology", "the politics of sovereignty of urban conflict and the new form of insurrection in the world,” “the necro-politics of violence and the society of enclosure in the Middle East and Turkey,” “masculinity in Kurdistan,” “tales of strange creatures in Kurdish and Breton society,” and finally "the emancipating language of alternative pedagogy in Rojava, Syria and the movement of peace academics without-a-campus in Turkey ". He has recently focused been working on violence and post-totalitarian system. He has actively collaborated with researchers in several other social science disciplines, particularly political philosophy and psychoanalysis. Sustam’s scholarly interests encompass microsociology, subculture studies, and postcolonial analysis in literature, art et cultural production. He is the author of the book "Kurdish Art and Subalternity, The Emergence of a Subjective and Creative Production Space Between Violence and Resistance in Turkey" published by Harmattan on September, 2016. He is a curator and an art critic for contemporary art exhibitions on micro-politics, culture, gender and memory. He is a member of the reading committee of the social science journal "Teorik Bakis" (Istanbul) and the InCite team of the University of Geneva. He is currently working on a book project in Turkish entitled "The New Form of uprisings in the Global area" will publish at publishing houses Iletisim in Turkey and to be translated and published in French. He is in the editorial board of Teorik Bakış journal where he publishes his articles.

The project 

Title: Bê Welat (without a homeland)  : The decolonial perception of the Kurdish artistic space in exil

Keywords: Kurdish studies, social movements, postcolonial studies, art theory, Kurdish cultural production, social ecology, uprisings movement, self-government, pedagogy, nationalism, racism, radical democracy, social enclosures and necropolitic

Selected publications

Books

  • Sustam, E (2019,), “Kirilgan Sapmalar : Meydan Mukavemetleri ve Başkaldırının Yeni Alanları”, Iletisim Yayinlari, Istanbul, December, in Turkish, revise and forthcoming [New spaces of insurrection in the world and insurgents of the open place, translate to French]
  • Sustam, E (2016) Art et Subalternité Kurde : L’émergence d’un espace de production subjective et créative entre violence et résistance en Turquie, l’Harmattan, Paris, October, (Art and Kurdish Subalternity between violence and resistance)

Scholarly Publications

  • Sustam, E. (2020), Sounds of insurrection: memory, antifascism and anticolonialism in Kurdish music, in Music and the Politics of Memory: Resounding Antifascism Across Borders,  Hofman, A, Schoop M &  Spinetti F. (eds), Popular Music and Society Journal special issue, May 2020 (online), May 2021 (print), Routledge Publishers, forthcoming
  • Sustam, E. (2019), A new form of urban insurrection and the concept of social ecology in Kurdish Sphere, in Murray Bookchin Festschrift, Ecology Social, Black Rose Books, Montréal, Canada, May 2019, Bruce Wilson, Vincent Gerber (eds.), forthcoming
  • Sustam, E. (2019), Kurdish Cultural Renewal in Turkey, in Bozarslan H., Günes C. & Yadirgi V. (eds), The Cambridge History of Kurds, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, forthcoming
  • Sustam, E. (2019), La mémoire d’un intellectuel exilé : dire la vérité face à la souveraineté nécropolitique et être chercheur en exil, in “Vers le Desexil”, Espace d’Université libre Autonome, Marie-Claire Caloz-Tschopp (eds), May, Harmattan, Paris, pp.89-113 (in French)
  • Sustam, E. (2019), Kurdish ‘Autogestion’: The democratic municipalities and the Social Ecology practice”, in “Murray Bookchin Festschrift”, Bruce Wilson and Vincent Gerber (Eds), Black Rose, Canada, November, forthcoming
  • Sustam, E & Schaepelinck V. (2018), Autogestion, in Revue Le Télémaque, Philosophie-Éducation, Université de Caen Normandie, 2018-2, No. 54, pp.27-36 5 (in French)
  • Sustam, E. (2018), Academies in Turkey: “We will not be a party to this crime!” and “Parrêsia”, in “Yeni Turkiye’de Hakikatsiz Siyaset ve Soylu Yalan”, Betül Yarar (Eds), Phoenix, December, pp. 311-347
  • Sustam, E. (2017), İsyan Hareketlerinin Mikropolitik Dinamiği ve Uyuşmazlığın Alternatif Siyaseti, in “Gezi”, Derya Firat, Cihan Erdal (eds), May  2016, Ayrinti Publishing, Istanbul, pp. 240-281 (The micro-political dynamics of the uprising movements and the alternative politics of dissensus)
  • Sustam, E. (2016), Rojava: A Municipal Autonomy Experiment in Times of War,  interview by Claudio Pulgar and Chatlotte Mathivet, in "Unveiling the Right to the City, Representations, Uses and Instrumentalization of the Right of the City" (Collective and trilingual publication), Passerelle Published, Ritimo, Habitat International Coalition, No 15-09, pp. 124-130 (in English, French and Spanish)
  • Sustam, E. (2016), Kürt Alanında Sinema ve Sanat çalışmaları : Ulusal alegoriden yeni öznelliğin retoriğine, in “Isyan Siddet ve Yas: 90’lar Türkiyesine Bakmak", Ayşen Uysal (eds.), Dipnot Yayınları, May, Ankara, pp. 59-90, (in Turkish) [Artistic and cinematographic production in the Kurdish space: from the national allegory to the rhetoric of the new subjectivity]
  • Sustam, E. (2015), Global Revolt Movements and Bio-political Domination, Wiener Verlag für Sozialforschung Publishing, Günes Koç and Harun Aksu (eds), April, Vienna-Wien, Austria, pp.301-324

Sustam, E. (2015), Biopolitika Çağında Post-Medya ve “Alternatif” Kürt Medyası, in “Türkiye’de Alternatif Medya”, Barış Çoban (eds), Kafka Publishing, June, Istanbul, pp. 345-383 (in Turkish) (Alternative Kurdish Media and the Post-Media in the Age of Biopolitics)

  • Sustam, E. (2014), Mahlul Özneden Maduna: Kürt Kültürel Çalışmaları ve Bellek,  in “Türkiye'nin Demokratikleşmesi: Etnik-Dini Kesimler Üzerinden Değişimin Analizi”, Çizgi Publishing-Konya, Hakan Samur and Z. Kızılkan Kısacık (eds), pp. 149-223 (in Turkish) [From subjectivity to subalternity: Memory and Kurdish cultural studies]
  • Sustam, E. (2013), Mémoire, Narration et Reterritorialisation : Expression Culturelle et Identitaire au Miroir de l’exil , in « Mémoires et Exilés d’Europe (des Balkans et du Caucase) vers la Turquie et de Turquie vers l’Europe », Edition d’Université de Bordeaux-MSHA, Françoise Rollan (eds), June, Bordeaux, pp. 261-281 (in French)
  • Sustam, E. (2009), “Küresel Kapitalizm Çağında Yeni Sosyal Hareketleri okumak: Küresel Travma, Kriz Toplumu ve Favelas’lar”,  in “Yeni Toplumsal Hareketler”, Barış Çoban (eds), Kalkedon Publishing, January, Istanbul, pp. 91-147, (in Turkish) [Reading the new social movements in the age of globalized capitalism]

Publications in reviews without reading committee

  • Sustam, E. (2016), Kürt Alaninda Güncel sanat : Politik estetik ve Karsi-siddet, in 'Güncel Sanat' Sayisi, Teorik Bakis Review, Ege Berensel (Eds), Minör Publishing, October, Istanbul, pp. 45-71 (in Turkish) [Contemporary Art in the Kurdish Area: Political Aesthetics and Counter-violence]
  • Sustam, E. (2015), "Über die Arbeit "Photograph" des Künstlers Cengiz Tekin", in «Politische Kunst im Widerstand in der Türkei», 77▪13 NGBK, 2015, Berlin, pp. 94-106 (in German)
  • Sustam, E. (2015), Ortadoğu'da Şiddetin Totaliter Halleri ve Mesihçi Şiddetin Güncelliği, in “Ortadogu’da Siddet”, Teorik Bakis Review, Engin Sustam (Eds.), Minör Publishing, No. 7, February, Istanbul, pp.121-163 (in Turkish) [The totalitarian situation of violence in the Middle East and the relationship of messianic violence]
  • Sustam, E. (2015), Di edebîyata Kurdî ya modêrn de trawma û bîra parçebûyî, in « Wêje û Trawma », Revue Wêje û Rexne, No 4, 02/2015, Istanbul, pp. 124-135 (in Kurdish) [Traumatism and mutilated memory in contemporary Kurdish literature]
  • Sustam, E. (2014), Foucault'da İktidarın Jeneolojisi : Biyopolitiğin Doğuşu ve Yönetimsellik, in « Michel Foucault », Teorik Bakış Review, Sibel Yardimci (Eds), Sel Publishing,  No. 3, January, Istanbul, pp. 221-234, (in Turkish) [Foucault's Genealogy of Power: Biopolitics and Governmentality]
  • Sustam, E. (2014), Karşıt İktidar Aracı olarak Komplonun Toplumsal İnşası, in “Conspiracy Theory”, Teorik Bakis Review, Baris Basaran (eds), Sel Publishing, No. 5, September, Istanbul, p. 98-116 (in Turkish) [the Social Construction of the conspiracy theory as a tool of counter-power]
  • Sustam, E. (2010), Postkolonyalizmden Biyopolitiğe : Temsilin Krizinden Güvensizlik Toplumuna, in « Post-kolonyal Sayisi», Toplumbilim : Social Science Review, Baglam Publishing, No. 25, October, Istanbul, pp. 129-141 (in Turkish) [From Postcolonialism to Biopolitics: The Crisis and the Insecurity Society]
  • Sustam, E. (2010), Antonio Negri sur le Postcolonialisme et la Biopolitique (Interview), in «Post-kolonyal Sayisi», Toplumbilim : Social Science Review, Baglam Publishing, No 25, October, Istanbul, pp. 87-101(in French)
  • Sustam, E. (2010), Nilufer Göle ile Postkolonyalizm Üzerine (Interview), in « Post-kolonyal sayisi », Toplumbilim : Social Science Review, Baglam Publishing, No. 25, October, Istanbul pp. 101-109, (in Turkish) [on Postcolonialism talks with Nilufer Göle]
  • Sustam, E. (2007), Düşmanın Tahayyülü ve Milliyetçi Defans: Bir Toplumsal Travma Olarak Linç Kültürü, Birikim Review, No. 215, March, Ankara, pp.64-70 (in Turkish) (The imagination of the enemy and the nationalist apology in Turkey: the culture of lynching as social trauma)