LLC Graduate Student Conference “Violence and Alterity”

I am proud to be part of the organizing committee of the very first LLC graduate student conference at McGill!

The LLC Graduate Student Conference “Violence and Alterity” (21-22 September 2018) is a a joint effort of the graduate students in Hispanic, German, Russian, and Italian Studies at the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
This two day conference features a variety of presentations by international graduate students and a roundtable of writers from each of the languages in the department. We want to provoke cross-cultural, transnational and multilingual discussion about violence in the humanities with a focus on literary studies, which we hope will bring together students and scholars in a variety of fields and research areas.
Since this conference aims to facilitate reflection and cultural intervention in the debate on violence and alterity, the diversity of the contributors and their contributions is fundamental. We therefore invite scholars in Women’s and Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Literature, Translation, Media Studies.
The official opening ceremony will take place on September 21 at 4:30 o’clock in Arts W-120 (Arts Building, 853, rue Sherbrooke Ouest), McGill University with a keynote by Professor Eliot Borenstein (NYU), followed by a reception snacks and beverages.
On Saturday we will have presentations organized in panels such as:
Material, Post-human and Anti-human approaches to violence and alterity
Violence, literature and subjectivity
Linguistic mediations of violence
Bodily violence: submission and resistance
The Other and everyday violence
On Saturday evening we invite you to join us for a roundtable with the writers Roberto Bui (Wu Ming 1), Alex Averbuch, Ulrich Peltzer, who will discuss the role of violence in their works. 
Find all relevant information, the program and locations on the conference website!

Listen to my interview on the San Francisco Turkish Radio

I heard you on the wireless back in fifty two
Lying awake intent at tuning in on you
If I was young it didn’t stop you coming through

Buggles, Video killed the radio star

Exactly two years ago I made my way to San Francisco, California to conduct a study about the reading habits of the Turkish-speaking community at UC Berkeley. I interviewed 10 member of the Turkish-speaking community and summarized my findings in an article that got published last year.

This year, it was my turn to be interviewed. It was a great pleasure to talk about it with Ahmet Toprak on the San Francisco Turkish Radio.

Listen to it here! My interview is around min. 1:39:30, accompanied by some tunes by Moğollar and others!

Read the published article here:


The Dreads and Pleasures of Preparing for the Comprehensive Exams

Lesen: Das Ziel ist doch im Anfang wie am Schluß: das ganze Buch jeweils. Also mußt du dich daran gewöhnen, unabhängig von den verstandenen oder nicht verstandenen Einzelheiten und Details, das ganze Buch durchzulesen – nicht auf Einzelheiten, die enthüllen im gewonnenen Gesamteindruck oft nachher überraschend. – Auch nicht sofort repetieren wollen, was man gelesen hat – zuerst:den Gesamteindruck eines Buches eines Themas erfassen, dann die Einzelheit. […]

Der kürzeste Weg heißt:durchkommen, mit dem Buch, mit dem Thema – nicht Umwege, nicht Einwände, nicht Zweifel, nicht das innere “Nein – Kann nicht”. […]

Es gehört auch das Moment des Raschen dazu, das Hinter-Sich-Bringens.

“Comprehensive Exams”: a term I only got to know when I started studying in North America. At the Universities I used to study there is nothing compared to this hours long written and oral exam on the topic of 75 books the student  has to read. First step was to recruit three examiners and put together a list of publications for my exam. This is the final version of my list (please bare with me and imagine a drum roll) plus a playlist I created to accompany during the long hours turning pages:



So much to do in DH @McGill this fall!

The semester has just started and we are in the last sunny and warm days outside, so what could be better than some coding training in the cozy library?

For an awesome hands-on introductory course in text mining (for which it is not late to register yet!) in which students learn how to code in R, check this one out. I will host some drop-in-trouble-shoot-tutorial-sessions to help out in making lines of code work, advise on interpretation of results and general support.

LLCU 255: Intro to Literary Text Mining — New Syllabus 2017

But there are also some coding experience you can acquire in your free time (if there is any left)!

McGill library hosts a bunch of introductory one-day workshops to coding (free!) as well as the SSMU offers a range of weekly courses in coding Python, Java and HTML (not free!). Thanks to my clever lab colleague Eve who drew my attention to the courses at SSMU.

I put together this humble list. You can find the events in the calendar (right side of the page) as well!


@SSMU (Weekly, Sep 27-Nov 15) 60$ Registration until Sep. 22

@RTech (Oct. 12, 14, 15, 21, 22) Free but registration required!