Rustem Ertug Altinay
Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay received his Ph.D. from NYU’s Department of Performance Studies in 2016. His research and teaching focus on feminist and queer theory and performance, queer historiography and archival practice, visual culture, critical race theory, and the sexual politics of citizenship, with an emphasis on Turkey. Ertuğ’s essays have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including the Trans- and Fashion special issues of Women’s Studies Quarterly, Radical History Review, Transgender Studies Quarterly, the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, the Journal of Women’s History, and Feminist Media Studies, as well as various anthologies. He is currently completing his first book manuscript, titled Dressing for Utopia: Fashion and the Performance of Citizenship in Turkey (1923-2016). The project analyzes how the definition of the desirable citizen has been contested throughout the Republican history of Turkey, and demonstrates the role of fashion in regulating the politics of belonging in the context of the nation-state.
Ertuğ’s research has been supported by the Turkish Cultural Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Arts and the History Project Research Grant (Joint Center for History and Economics, Harvard University and University of Cambridge) as well as a number of fellowships from NYU, including the GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. He has also held residential fellowships at the New Islamic Public Sphere Program at the University of Copenhagen, the Orient-Institute Istanbul, the Remarque Institute at NYU, the Center for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg, the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, and NYU’s research centers in Florence and Washington, DC.
Ertuğ is also a playwright and theater professional with extensive international experience.