Dr. Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay who was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2019 call in Austria, decided to move his project “STAGING-ABJECTION” to Kadir Has University, Turkey.  This is the first ERC project transferred from Europe to Turkey. We congratulate Dr. Altınay and his university.

“Staging National Abjection” will focus on minoritarian theatre practices to analyze the key role European-style theatre has played in nation-building in Turkey. Combining archival and ethnographic research, the project will investigate how theatre has functioned as a site for the negotiation of the politics of belonging in Turkey and its diasporas since the 19th century. The project, supported by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant of 1.4 million Euros, aims to be one of the most comprehensive critical studies on theatre in Turkey. 

Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay received his PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. He held postdoctoral positions at New York University, University of Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. In 2019-2020, he returned to Turkey as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Sabancı University. Currently he is a visiting scholar in the Department of Visual Communication at Kadir Has University. 

The European Research Council - ERC funds frontier research projects in all scientific fields, including social and humanities, and the scientists who will carry out these projects only according to the evaluation criteria of scientific excellence. It especially supports projects involving multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, new ideas and unusual innovative approaches. The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe and to make Europe an attractive place for top researchers. ERC has been an important focus for many countries with its large budget and advanced researchers as well as the support it has given to young researchers. At the request of the Principal Investigator, an ERC Grant can be transferred to a new Host Institution during the lifetime of the grant (portability rule). This rule has been created by ERC, in order to increase the competition among universities to hire and retain the best talents in their premises by providing the best working conditions.