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Riza Baris Ülker


Center for Metropolitan Studies
TU Berlin
Hardenbergstraße 16-18
HBS-6, Raum 102
10623 Berlin


Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am CMS

Lebenslauf / Curriculum Vitae

I. Education

September 2004 – June 2012 Central European University (Budapest), Ph.D. (Summa Cum Laude) Sociology and Social Anthropology.

September 2001 - July 2004   Middle East Technical University (Ankara), M.A., Sociology.

October 1996 - June 2001 Marmara University (Istanbul), B.A., Political Science and International Relations.

II. Teaching Experiences and Research Projects

Research Project: Ernst Reuter und das türkische Städtewesen: Forschung und Lehre im Exil 1935-1946 (Ernst Reuter and the Turkish Urbanism: Research and Teaching in Exile 1935-1946), Center for Metropolitan Studies (Berlin), together with Prof. Dr. Heinz Reif and Prof. Dr. Dorothee Brantz, (July 2011 – October 2012).

Research Project: Urban Restructuring and Rescaling Processes in Berlin, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen), together with Prof. Dr. Ayse Caglar, (December 2010 - January 2011).

Teaching Experience: Key Issues in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Central European University, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology (Budapest), (Fall 2006).

Research Project and Teaching Experience: International Migration, Informal Labour and Community in Europe, Marmara University Research Centre International Relations (Istanbul) (Spring 2004).

Research Project: Hybrid Globalization of the Middle East: A longitudinal analysis of business, politics and the state in Bursa silk cloth production, 1981-2001, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Marmara University (Istanbul), together with Prof. Dr. Fatma Müge Göçek and Prof. Dr. Ayhan Aktar, (May 2001 - May 2003).

Research Project: Everyday Life Practices of a Suburb in Istanbul, Yeditepe University (Istanbul), together with Prof. Dr. Akile Gürsoy, (June - August 2000).

Research Project: Human Rights in Turkey, Helsinki Citizens Assembly, (May – September 1999).

III. Grants, Fellowships and Scholarships

Visiting Scholar: Columbia University, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, New York, USA, (Fall 2010).

DFG (German Research Foundation) Fellowship: The Transatlantic Graduate Research Program Berlin - New York: History and Culture of the Metropolis in the 20th Century, Berlin, Germany and New York, USA, (January 2008 - December 2010).

Visiting Scholar: Humboldt University, European Ethnology, Berlin, Germany, (January 2008 - December 2010).

Visiting Scholar: Howard University, Trans-Atlantic Graduate Exchange Program Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies (REMS), Washington DC, USA, (January - April 2007).

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship: Humboldt University, European Ethnology, Berlin, Germany, (October 2005 - August 2006).

Research Grant: Swedish National Institute for Working Life and Consulate General of Sweden Istanbul, Turkey, (January - March 2004).

German Course Program: Goethe Institut, Göttingen, Germany, (August - October 1999).

IV. Publications

Baris Ulker and Heinz Reif, ‘Ernst Reuter: Urban Reforms in Turkey Between Knowledge Transfer and Intercultural Pragmatism’, Mülkiye (forthcoming 2012).

Baris Ulker, ‘Concepts of Ethnic Entrepreneurship and the Politics of Othering in Germany’, Alternatives (peer-reviewed and accepted for publication July 2010, forthcoming 2012).

V. Selected Conference Presentations

European Association of Social Anthropologists (Paris), Uncertainty and Disquiet, Paper Presentation: The Enterprising “Other” (July 2012).

Crossroads in Cultural Studies (Paris), Ethnic Issues in the Workplace, Paper Presentation: Mobilizing “Ethnic Entrepreneurs” in Berlin (July 2012)

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (Amsterdam), Extremely Close and Incredibly Slow, Paper Presentation: Mobilizing the Tolerated Others (March 2012).

Humboldt University, European Ethnology (Berlin), Rescaling the Migration Research, Paper Presentation: Notes on Berlin (January 2012).

Boğaziçi University (Istanbul), Ordering the Social - Producing Change: New Ethnographies of Turkey in Transformation, Paper Presentation: Ordering the Social and Producing Change through “Ethnic Entrepreneurs” (June 24-25, 2011).

Social Science Historical Association, 35th Annual SSHA Meeting (Chicago), Power and Politics, Paper Presentation: A Spectre is wandering Berlin - The Spectre of Entrepreneurship (November 18-21, 2010).

Social Science Historical Association, 35th Annual SSHA Meeting (Chicago), Power and Politics, Discussant: An International Perspective on Race: The Operation of Race Across National and Historical Contexts (November 18-21, 2010).

German Studies Association, 34th Annual Conference (Oakland), Panel: Race, Authenticity and the Construction of German and European Spaces, Paper Presentation: Unternehmen Sie was! (October 7-10, 2010).

Transatlantic Graduate Program Berlin - New York, 6th Annual Conference (Berlin), Transatlantic Perspectives on the Metropolis, Chair - Discussant, (June 17-19, 2010).

University of Texas (Austin), Negotiating Europe, Defining Germany: Past, Present and Future, Paper Presentation: Imagining Immigrants From Gastarbeiter To Entrepreneurs, (March 25, 2010).

University of Cincinnati (Ohio), The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Twenty Years After, Paper Presentation: Becoming Enterprising Individuals, (November 8-9, 2009).

Lancaster University (Lancaster), Glocal Imaginaries: Writing/Migration/Place, Paper Presentation: From the Gastarbeiter to the Ethnic Entrepreneur: Imagining Immigrants in Berlin, (September 9-12, 2009).

Transatlantic Graduate Program Berlin - New York, 5th Annual Conference (Berlin), The City and the State of Exception State of Emergency: Ausnahmezustand and the Urban Condition, Panel: Regulating Spaces - From Exception To Norm, Discussant together with Stavros Stavrides, (June 4-6, 2009).

European University Institute (Florence), Migration and Movement in European History, Paper Presentation: Becoming an Entrepreneur: Immigrants from Turkey in Berlin, (April 27-28, 2009).

Citizenship Studies, 6th Annual Conference, Wayne State University (Detroit), Representing Citizenship, Paper Presentation: A Historical Approach on “Ethnic Entrepreneurship” in Germany, (March 27-28, 2009).

University of Bielefeld (Bielefeld), End of Messages? The State of the Dialogue between History and Sociology, Paper Presentation: Towards a Genealogy of “Ethnic Entrepreneurship” in Berlin, (February 9-11, 2009).

Fordham University (New York), In Search of the Postfordist City: Concepts and the Meaning of Urban Space and Society, Paper Presentation: “Ethnic Entrepreneurship as a Post-Fordist Reflection, (September 25-27, 2008).

Free University (Berlin), Globalization and Diaspora, Paper Presentation: Concepts of Diaspora, A Critical Inquiry, (July 2-4, 2003).

Human Rights Program for Southeastern Europe (Greece), Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Paper Presentation: Right of State – Right of Human, (September 17-27, 2000).

VI. Professional Affiliations

American Anthropological Association
Association for Cultural Studies
European Association of Social Anthropologists
German Studies Association
Social Science History Association
Helsinki Citizens Assembly

VII. Language Skills

Turkish (Native Language)
English (Fluent)
German (Fluent)
Ottoman Turkish (Reading, Beginner Level)

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