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dr. M. (Murat) Aydemir

Faculty of Humanities
Literatuurwetenschap
Photographer: onbekend

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  • Spuistraat 134
  • Room number: 714
Postal address
  • Postbus 1642
    1000 BP Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Murat Aydemir is Associate Professor [universitair hoofddocent] in Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam.
     

    Indiscretions: At The Intersection of Queer and Postcolonial Studies

    In the West, once apparently progressive causes such as sexual equality and lesbian and gay emancipation are increasingly redeployed in order to discipline and ostracize immigrant underclass subjects, primarily Muslims. Gender and sexuality on the one hand and race, culture, and/or ethnicity on the other are more and more forced into separate, mutually exclusive realms. That development cannot but bear on the establishment of queer and postcolonial studies as separate academic specializations, among whom relations usually are as cordial as they are indifferent. This volume inquires into the possibilities and limitations of a parceling out of objects alternative to the common scheme, crude but often apposite, in which Western sexual subjectivity is analyzed and criticized by queer theory, while postcolonial studies takes care of non-Western racial subjectivity. Sex, race: always already distinguished, yet never quite apart.
    Roderick A. Ferguson has described liberal pluralism as an ideology of discreteness in that it disavows race, gender and sexuality's mutually formative role in political, social, and economic relations. It is in that spirit that this volume advocates the discreet, hence judicious and circumspect, reconsideration of the (in)discrete realities of race and sex.
    Contributors: Jeffrey Geiger, Merill Cole, Jonathan Mitchell and Michael O'Rourke, Jaap Kooijman, Beth Kramer, Maaike Bleeker, Rebecca Fine Romanow, Anikó Imre, Lindsey Green-Simms, Nishant Shahani, Ryan D. Fong, and Murat Aydemir

    Migratory Settings: Transnational Perspectives on Place

    Migratory Settings proposes a shift in perspective from migration as movement from place to place to migration as installing movement within place. Migration not only takes place between places, but also has its effects on place, in place. In brief, we suggest a view on migration in which place is neither reified nor transcended, but ‘thickened’ as it becomes the setting of the variegated memories, imaginations, dreams, fantasies, nightmares, anticipations, and idealizations of both migrants and native inhabitants that experiences of migration bring into contact with each other. Migration makes place overdetermined, turning it into the mise-en-scène of different histories. Hence, movement does not lead to placelessness, but to the intensification and overdetermination of place, its ‘heterotopicality.’ At the same time, place does not unequivocally authenticate or validate knowledge, but, shot-through with the transnational and the transcultural, exceeds it ceaselessly. Our contributions take us to the migratory settings of a fictional exhibition; a staged political wedding; a walking tour in a museum; African appropriations of Shakespeare and Sophocles; Gollwitz, Germany; Calais, France; the body after a heart transplant; refugees’ family portraiture; a garden in Vermont; the womb.
    With contributions by Mieke Bal, Maaike Bleeker, Paulina Aroch, Astrid van Weyenberg, Sarah de Mul, Annette Seidel Arpaci, Sudeep Dasgupta, Wim Staat, Maria Boletsi, Griselda Pollock, Alex Rotas, and Murat Aydemir.

    Images of Bliss: Ejaculation, Masculinity, Meaning

    Aristotle believed semen to be the purest of all bodily secretions, a vehicle for the spirit or psyche that gives form to substance. For Proust’s narrator in Swann’s Way, waking to find he has experienced a nocturnal emission, it is the product of “some misplacing of my thigh.” The heavy metal band Metallica used it to adorn an album cover. Beyond its biological function, semen has been applied with surprising frequency to metaphorical and narratological purposes.
    In Images of Bliss, Murat Aydemir undertakes an original and extensive analysis of images of male orgasm and semen. In a series of detailed case studies—Aristotle’s On the Generation of Animals; Andres Serrano’s use of bodily fluids in his art; paintings by Holbein and Leonardo; Proust’s In Search of Lost Time; hard-core pornography (both straight and gay); and key texts from the poststructuralist canon, including Lacan on the phallus, Bataille on expenditure, Barthes on bliss, and Derrida on dissemination—Aydemir traces the complex and often contradictory possibilities for imagination, description, and cognition that both the idea and the reality of semen make available. In particular, he foregrounds the significance of male ejaculation for masculine subjectivity. More often than not, Aydemir argues, the event or object of ejaculation emerges as the instance through which identity, meaning, and gender are not so much affirmed as they are relentlessly and productively questioned, complicated, and displaced. 
    Combining close readings of diverse works with subtle theoretical elaboration and a keen eye for the cultural ideals and anxieties attached to sexuality, Images of Bliss offers a convincing and long overdue critical exploration of ejaculation in Western culture. 

  • Publications

    2016

    2014

    • Aydemir, M. (2014). Nomads without Secrets. In J. Lu , & E. van Alphen (Eds.), Literature, Aesthetics and History = Wen xue, mei xue yu li shi : Forum of Cultural Exchange between China and the Netherlands = Zhong He wen hua jiao liu lun tan wen ji (pp. 29-41). Beijing: Zhongguo she hui ke xue chu ban she. [details]
    • Aydemir, M. (2014). Zelfreflectie volgens Bacon & Lacan. In S. van Keulen (Ed.), Hoe kunst en filosofie werken (pp. 151-162). Amsterdam: Boom. [details]

    2013

    • Aydemir, M. (2013). Moederschap en materialiteit: Diane, Stephen, Liam en Joel Blood. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 16(3), 7-19. https://doi.org/10.5117/TVGEND2013.3.AYDE [details]
    • Aydemir, M. (2013). Small Places: Global Nativism in Jamaica Kincaid's A Small Place (1988). In J. Heirman, & J. Klooster (Eds.), The ideologies of lived space in literary texts, ancient and modern (pp. 221-228). Gent: Academia Press. [details]

    2012

    • Aydemir, M. (2012). Dutch Homonationalism and Intersectionality. In E. Boehmer, & S. De Mul (Eds.), The postcolonial Low Countries: literature, colonialism, and multiculturalism (pp. 187-202). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. [details]

    2011

    • Aydemir, M. (2011). Blood brothers. In M. Aydemir (Ed.), Indiscretions: at the intersection of queer and postcolonial theory (pp. 161-181). (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex, and race; No. 22). Amsterdam [etc.]: Rodopi. [details]
    • Aydemir, M. (2011). Introduction: Indiscretions at the sex/culture divide. In M. Aydemir (Ed.), Indiscretions: at the intersection of queer and postcolonial theory (pp. 9-30). (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex, and race; No. 22). Amsterdam [etc.]: Rodopi. [details]

    2009

    • Aydemir, M. (2009). Il velo che svela: Jacques Lacan e l'"Angelo incarnato" = The parting veil: Lacques Lacan and the "Angel in the Flesh". In C. Pedretti (Ed.), Leonardo da Vinci: l'Angelo incarnato & Salai = the Angel in the Flesh & Salai (pp. 125-136). Foligno: CB. [details]
    • Aydemir, M. (2009). In Queer Street. Frame, 22(2), 8-15. [details]
    • Aydemir, M. (2009). The cum shot as period, ellipsis and question mark. In T. Stüttgen (Ed.), Post porn politics: queer-feminist perspectives on the politics of porn performance and sex-work as cultural production: symposium reader (pp. 124-137). Berlin: b_books. [details]

    2008

    • Aydemir, M. (2008). Staging colonialism: the mise-en-scène of the Africa Museum in Tervuren, Belgium. In M. Aydemir, & A. Rotas (Eds.), Migratory settings (pp. 77-97). (Thamyris/intersecting: place, sex, and race; No. 19). Amsterdam/NewYork: Rodopi. [details]
    • Aydemir, M., & Rotas, A. (2008). Introduction: Migratory settings. In M. Aydemir, & A. Rotas (Eds.), Migratory settings (pp. 7-31). (Thamyris/intersecting: place, sex, and race; No. 19). Amsterdam/NewYork: Rodopi. [details]

    2007

    2006

    • Aydemir, M. (2006). Impressions of character: Hari Kunzru's The Impressionist. In M. Bal, & B. van Eekelen (Eds.), Uncertain Territories: Boundaries in Cultural Analysis (pp. 199-218). Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi. [details]

    2005

    • Aydemir, M. (2005). The Ghost of the Present: The Africa Musueum in Tervuren, Belgium. In A. Bangma (Ed.), Looking, Encountering, Staging Rotterdam. [details]

    2004

    • Aydemir, M. (2004). 'Significant Discharge': The Cum Shot and Narrativity. In M. Bal (Ed.), Narrative Theory: Concepts for Literary and Cultural Studies (pp. 297-319). New York, Londen: Routledge. [details]
    • Aydemir, M. (2004). Foucaults Pijn. Krisis, 1, 54-64. [details]

    2015

    2011

    • Aydemir, M. (2011). Indiscretions: at the intersection of queer and postcolonial theory. (Thamyris intersecting: place, sex, and race; No. 22). Amsterdam: Rodopi. [details]
    • Aydemir, M. (2011). Bag of bones. In E. Peeren, & M. Aydemir (Eds.), Eighty-eight: Mieke Bal PhDs 1983-2011 (pp. 104-110). Amsterdam: ASCA Press. [details]
    • Peeren, E., & Aydemir, M. (2011). Eighty-eight: Mieke Bal PhDs 1983-2011. Amsterdam: ASCA Press. [details]
    • Peeren, E., & Aydemir, M. (2011). Introduction. In E. Peeren, & M. Aydemir (Eds.), Eighty-eight: Mieke Bal PhDs 1983-2011 (pp. 3-5). Amsterdam: ASCA Press. [details]

    2010

    • Aydemir, M. (2010). The horizon behind us: Winterson's utopia. Simulacrum, 18(2/3), 47-51. [details]

    2008

    • Aydemir, M. (2008). A reaction to the Früchtl/Bal debate. Krisis, 9(2), 37-40. [details]
    • Aydemir, M., & Rotas, A. (2008). Migratory settings. (Thamyris/Intersecting: place, sex and race; No. 19). Amsterdam [etc.]: Rodopi. [details]

    2003

    • Aydemir, M. (2003). How to Come Differently: Barthes' Bliss between Image and Narrative. In N. Pedri (Ed.), Travelling Concepts III: Narrative, Image, Memory (pp. 163-176). Amsterdam: ASCA Press. [details]

    2015

    Others

    • Aydemir, M. (participant) (2016). Pilot Academic Support Program Asylum Seekers (ASPIRE), Amsterdam. Deelname opzet (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2004

    • Aydemir, M. (2004). Images of bliss: ejaculation, masculinity, meaning. Amsterdam: in eigen beheer. [details]
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