Umut Kuruuzum

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Istanbul Technical U.

Grant number

Gr. 10471

Approve Date

April 6, 2023

Project Title

Kuruuzum, Umut (Istanbul Technical U.) "Wastescaping Away: Capitologenic Loss and Dispossession along the Eastern Mediterranean Coast of Turkey"

The study investigates the emergence of an unsettling wastescape and its spatial, social, and ecological consequences as a more-than-human event on the north-eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It focuses on how the transnational waste trade, trafficking in toxic materials, and the influx of Syrian refugees and their cheap labor intermingle to create an economic geography of capital accumulation, dispossession, and ecological ruination across both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. By carrying out six months of intensive ethnographic fieldwork, the research aims to provide a relational understanding of a flourishing recycling market and its effects on the socio-material ecosystem.