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About Me

Dr. Deniz Gündoğan İbrişim is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellow at the Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender) at Sabanci University. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Gündoğan İbrişim's dissertation entitled "Trauma, Survival and Survivance in Contemporary Anglophone and Turkish Literature: Materiality Beyond Mind” examines the representation of violence in postcolonial Anglophone and contemporary Turkish literatures, focusing on the ways in which novels from these two literary fields configure trauma, particularly trauma that results from state-sanctioned, authoritarian, or colonialist violence.  Her dissertation seeks to decenter trauma theory’s prevailing conception of the traumatized, self-sufficient, hermetic subject to consider the ways in which trauma materializes in non-Western contexts as a larger social, material, and affective matrix.

She specializes in trauma and memory studies, gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, 20th and 21st-century literature, the Middle East, and African studies. Her main teaching interests span from feminist literary studies to critical theory and the environmental humanities. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright-IIE, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Sawyer Seminars, The Institute for World Literature (IWL), and several Washington University fellowships. She is the co-author of Gaflet: Modern Türkçe Edebiyatın Cinsiyetçi Sinir Uçları (2019, Metis).

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as European Review, The Journal of World Literature, Monograf, Varlık, Birikim, as well as edited volumes such as The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma; Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film; Mapping World Anglophone Studies: English in a World of Strangers.

Gundogan Ibrisim’s research and teaching is shaped by values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is committed to making higher education accessible, inspiring, and a tool for social justice for all students. In addition to her fields of study, she also incorporates her background in translation studies into her teaching practice and understands translation as a vibrant tool to make cross-border traveling of knowledge production possible.



2014 - 2021

Washington University in St. Louis Doctor of Philosophy 

Comperative Literature.

2009 - 2010

Central European University

Gender Studies MA.

2006 - 2009

Istanbul University

Women Studies MA.

1997 - 2001

Istanbul University

English Language and Literature BA.

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

COST ACTION CA20105 - Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change (2021-2025).

Marie Skłodowska- Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA), Horizon 2020 The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Project: “Postimperial Memories: Gender, Trauma and the Anthropocene in the Middle East.” (2021-2023).

Colby Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities, Colby College (2020).

Institute for World Literature, Harvard University(2019).

Mellon Sawyer Seminar Fellowship: “Grounding the Ecocritical: Materializing Wastelands and Living on in
the Middle East, Washington University in St. Louis (2017 Fall; 2018 Spring).

Small Grant Program of Embassy of the United States of. America (2017).

Fulbright Fellowship, Ph.D. Student Grant- Ph.D. Scholarship (2014).

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