Dr. Zeynep K. Korkman

Gender and Women’s Studies

Dr. Korkman is an assistant professor in the department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research interests include religion, occult, and secularisms, particularly in Turkey and the larger Middle East. She is particularly interested in exploring the contested categories of the religious and the secular, the mutual construction of belief and doubt, and the gendering and commodification of the occult. She is currently working on a book manuscript, entitled “Gendered Fortunes: Occult Economies and Feminized Publics in Secular Turkey,” which examines fortune-telling women and LGBT individuals in contemporary Turkey as a window into the issues of the occult, secularism, public sphere, and affective labor.