Our article co-authored with Prof. Ali Murat Yel entitled “Insight Islamophobia: Governing the Public Visibility of Islamic Lifestyle in Turkey” has been published at European Journal of Cultural Studies, which is available in the following link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275485735_Insight_Islamophobia_Governing_the_public_visibility_of_Islamic_lifestyle_in_Turkey?ev=prf_pub
Below is the abstract of the article:

 

This article engages to a critical discussion of the ways in which public visibility of Islamic lifestyle is governed through the practices within visual culture in Turkey. It is possible to observe that in a society with predominantly Muslim population, the media is dominated by the secularized imagery of everyday life, which is systematically abstracted from Islamic signifiers. Following a Foucauldian theoretical framework, this article shows that visual culture provides the necessary ground for the Kemalist modernization project to legitimize particular drives, which are inherently reproduced by a state of anxiety and fear against Islamic lifestyle. Recent controversies in Turkish context show that Islamophobia should not solely be regarded as a phenomenon, which originated and still operates mainly in the West. Rather, the case of Turkey encourages one to critically negotiate the boundaries of visual culture, which is invested with particular strategies of power that reproduces the images of Islamic lifestyle as undesirable signifiers of culture.

Visual: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Islamophobia-Poster-292170233