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Queen's University
 

Ozgun Topak

B.A. (Istanbul), M.A. (Middle East Technical) 
Ph.D. Candidate

Ozgun Topak

Email: ozgun.topak@queensu.ca
Office: D402 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 75547 

Supervisor:  Dr David Lyon

 

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Information and Communication Technologies
  • Surveillance & Security Studies: Border Security, Identity Cards, State Surveillance
  • Political Sociology: Migration, Citizenship, Borders
  • Theory: Classical and Contemporary Social Theory, Governmentality Studies
  • Contexts: The European Union, Turkey, Greece

Education

  • PhD Sociology (2009-Present) – Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • MA Sociology (2006-2009) – Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
    MA Thesis Title: E-Governmentalisation of the Turkish State
  • BA Business Administration (2002-2006) – Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Teaching Experience

  • SOCY 426: Sociology of Uncertainty, Sociology - Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada (Fall 2012)

Teaching Assistantships

  • SOCY 227: Development of Social Theory Part II, Sociology - Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada (W 2013), Head Teaching Assistant.
  • SOCY 227: Development of Social Theory Part II, Sociology - Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada (W 2012).
  • SOCY 226: Development of Social Theory Part I, Sociology - Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada (F 2011).
  • SOCY 326: Contemporary Social Theories, Sociology - Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada (W 2011)
  • SOCY 226: Development of Social Theory Part I, Sociology - Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada (F 2010)
  • SOCY 122: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology - Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada (F/W 2009-2010).
  • WBLS 505: Research Methods, Graduate School of Informatics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (F/W 2008-2009).
  • WBLS 542: E-business Environment and Architecture, Graduate School of Informatics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (2007-2008).

Research Assistantships

  • Research Assistant in Surveillance Studies Centre, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada (September 2009- Present).
  • Research Assistant in Work Based Learning Studies Program, Graduate School of Informatics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (February 2007-August 2009).

Publications

  • Topak, OE. (Forthcoming in 2013) Governing Turkey’s Information Society, Current Sociology
  • Lyon, D. & Topak, OE. (2013) Promoting Global Identification: Corporations, IGOs and ID Card Systems, in Kirstie Ball, Laureen Snider, eds. The Surveillance-Industrial Complex, A Political Economy of Surveillance,London: Routledge.

Conference Presentations

  • Topak, O. E. (2013) “Digital Borders and Migrant Rights” Relocating Borders/EastBordNet Conference, Berlin, Germany. January 11-13, 2013.
  • Topak, O. E. (2012) “Biopolitics, Ethics and Resistance at the Greece-Turkey Border,” 4S / EASST conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. October 17-20, 2012.
  • Topak, O. E. (2011) “E-ID Cards in a Digital Europe” 6 th ECPR General Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland. 24-27 August 2011.
  • Topak, O. E. (2011) “Exclusion of the Roma: Re-Questioning European Modernity and Citizenship”. Migration and Asylum in Europe and EU-Canada Relations Experts Meeting, Ottawa, 21 March 2011. 
  • Topak, O. E. (2010) “The New Borders of the EU: Surveillance, Security and European Citizenship”. SGIR 7 th Pan-European Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.  
  • Topak, O. E. (2010) “E-Governmentalisation of the Turkish State: Power, Discourse, Identity”. 2010 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), Montreal, Canada.
  • Topak, O. E. & Topal, C. (2009) “From MERNIS to E-Government: Surveillance in Turkey”. 11 th Conference of the Turkish Social Science Association (TSBD). Ankara, Turkey.
  • Topak, O. E. (2009). “Electronic ID Cards in the Societies of Control”. 9 th Conference of European Sociological Association (ESA). Lisbon, Portugal.

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