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Yunt Speeches 2: Current Önkal

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Yunt Speeches 2: Current Önkal
Yunt Speeches 2: Current Önkal

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Dec 16, 2023, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

sultanbeyli, Hasanpaşa, Fatih Blv. No: 33, 34920 Sultanbeyli/Istanbul, Türkiye

About The Event

The metropolitan city plane, which is not only a form of settlement on the axis of social changes and economic developments, but also an area of interaction of neoliberal culture, is growing qualitatively as well as quantitatively with separation and differentiation, and hosts different manifestations of individualization in urban spaces. While sociologically, urbanization finds a place in the literature in a positive sense, on a philosophical critical level, the analysis of urban spaces is the place of contradictions in human-nature, human-human relations. When we place philosophical criticism on sociological determinations, we see the distinction between what is and what should be more clearly in the concepts of "deprivation", economic "inequality", structural "domination", cultural "loss of freedom" and "risk" and "contemporary crises", which correspond to deep poverty. .

Urban transformation is more than just a spatial/physical transformation; It signifies a radical cultural change and finds its place in anthropocene criticism, as well as appearing as giant organisms in which separation deepens, differentiation turns into contradictions, borders become blurred, and urban peripheries swallow urban memory and natural areas. The concepts of "segregation" and "differentiation", which will form the theme of this speech, will discuss the visible and invisible "borders" of the city in terms of their spatial manifestations, especially after the 1990s. Reading the change caused by the produced urban spaces in the new generation global-advanced capitalist society also means reading the social change.


Gündem Önkal is the Head of the Department of Philosophy at Maltepe University and the Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Research and Application Center (MÜTAM). He is a full-time professor at Maltepe University, and continues to teach part-time at Işık University Art Theory and Rumeli University Psychology graduate programs.

He completed his master's degree at Istanbul University with his thesis titled "Thoreau's Philosophy of Natural Life and Rebellion". He received his doctorate from Middle East Technical University with his thesis on the Darwinian critique of natural theology. He continued his studies at the Department of Environmental Philosophy at the Bratislava Institute of Philosophy within the scope of the research project titled "Rethinking Environmental Ethics for Joint Action in the Anthropocene Age" supported by the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

Önkal focuses on 21st century philosophy, environmental ethics and sociology of art, aesthetics and cultural philosophy, and urban culture.Ecoparadigm: Critical Environmentalism, Green Politics and Post-Equilibrium Theory from Past to PresentHe is also the author of the book titled.

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Reading/Source Suggestions

*Selections from the speaker's publications in the field:

Key sources of inspiration from the debate literature:

  • Harvey, D. (2017).Urban Experience. (E. Soğancılar, Trans.) Istanbul: Sel Publishing.
  • Lefebvre, H. (2014).Production of Space. Istanbul: Sel Publishing.
  • Mumford, L. (2007).City Origins Throughout History, Its Transformations and Its Future.(G. Koca, T. Tosun, Trans.) Istanbul: Ayrıntı Publications.
  • Simmel, G. (2009).Individuality and Culture. (T. Birkan, Trans.) Istanbul: Metis Publications.
  • Stavrides, S. (2021).Urban Heterotopia: Towards the City of Thresholds as a Space of Liberation. (Trans. A. Karatay). Istanbul: Flood.
  • Urry, J. (1999).Consuming Places. (R. Öğdül, Trans.) Istanbul: Ayrıntı Publications.

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