Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Ayca Tomac

Ayca Tomac

Term Adjunct

PhD (Cultural Studies), Queen's University
MA (Gender Studies), Queen's University
BAH (Sociology), Middle East Technical University

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext 78043

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, A419
Department of Global Development Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Transformative social movements, cultures of resistance and dissent in the larger Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region as well as within the Mediterranean region inform my scholarship. From a conceptual perspective, my interests lie in understanding solidarity building
practices and the politics of alliance among diverse groups and communities, including but not limited to, urban youth, women’s and LGBTQI groups, Muslim cultural identities, anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian community organizers as well as ethnic and religious minorities. My research involves feminist ethnographic and community-based research methods.


DEVS 240:  Culture and Development
DEVS 260:  Globalization Gender and Development
DEVS 492:  Alliance Politics

Selected Publications


“Institutional Ethnography, Political Activist Research in Action: Lessons from the Ground” Qualitative Inquiry (Under Review)

Book Chapters

“Rejecting the Legacy, Restoring the Honour: The Anti-Capitalist Muslims in Turkey” (Ed)Mojtaba Mahdavi, Post-Islamism Unbound: Transformation of Religion and Politics in Muslim Societies (Forthcoming)

Manuscripts in Preparation

Allah, Bread, Freedom: Alliance Politics, Islamism, and Left in Turkey (book proposal will be submitted to Brill’s Studies in Critical Research on Religion in October 2018)
"How Shall We Overcome?: Identity Politics, Solidarity Praxis and Precarious Alliances" (Solicited journal article for Journal of Historical Materialism in November 2018)

Book Reviews

Review of The Neoliberal Landscape and the Rise of Islamist Capital in Turkey "Class and Capital." Vol 40, Issue 2, 2016 pp. 398–400 Other Publications Tomac, A. Konca Kuris Oldurulurken Neredeydiniz? "Istiraki" Vol 5, 2015 pp: 42-52. (In Turkish)