Faculty & Staff
Evren Savcı received her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in Sociology and Gender Studies in 2011, and arrived at SFSU after a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN). Her areas of interest include gender; sexualities; queer, feminist and social theory; globalization and transnationality; cultural sociology and epistemology. Her ongoing book project Queer in Translation: Paradoxes of Westernization and Sexual Others in the Turkish Nation traces the travel and translation of Western concepts that surround discourses on non-normative genders and sexualities such as gender identity, sexual orientation, hate crimes and LGBT rights to the context of contemporary Turkey. In the book she analyzes how these terms enter into public discussions, enabling certain conversations and foreclosing others, while paying close attention to how processes of travel and translation reveal asymmetrical relations between the West and the non-West, and how these are in turn buttressed by regimes of gender and sexuality. Her second book project researches sexual practices that were deemed "uncivilized" by the Turkish Republic, such as Islamic matrimony, cousin marriages, arranged marriages and polygamy. These sexualities and kinship formations were outlawed or strongly discouraged by the new Republic, yet are still practiced today. Through looking at the contemporary forms of these practices, she will analyze what stake the Turkish nation-state had in regulating these forms of sexuality and will theorize what these "failures" and their persistence tell us about Westernization in return.