Nilgün Tutal

Full-time faculty member in the Faculty of Communication at Galatasaray University. Writes regularly for magazines such as Birikim, Doğu Batı, İleti-ş-im, Varlık, Kültür ve iletişim and for news websites as Bianet about communication, alterity, interculturalism, orientalism, cinema, television and popular culture. She is the translator several French writers’ books into Turkish.


Cover for: The struggle for cultural power in Turkey

After the failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016, the AKP set about securing what Recep Tayyip Erdoğan referred to as ‘social and cultural power’. Nilgün Tutal studies processes of Islamisation in Ankara and Istanbul, showing how the political struggle in Turkey is about the imposition of a ‘legitimate’ cultural vision.

Cover for: Post-truth: A new Faustian pact

‘In post-truth regimes, what has been lost is the moral or ethical principle that keeps expression faithful to the truth of what people see, think or feel.’ Nilgün Tutal discusses a famous work of performance art in communist Yugoslavia to show how harmless the concept of truth has become in the face of contemporary authoritarianisms.

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