Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Studies
Research: Museum studies, cultural diplomacy, intercultural relations, global citizenship, curatorial studies, visual culture
Ph. D. Ongoing – Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University (2018-Present)
M. A. – University College London (UCL), University of London, Museum Studies (2015)
B. A. – Bogazici University, History (2014)
Simge is a Ph.D. candidate In Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and a Research Fellow at the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative (NACDI). She is also the Manager and Curator at the Murney Tower Museum National Historic Site of Canada located in Kingston. In her interdisciplinary Ph.D. research, she investigates the potentials of museums as sites of influence and cultural diplomacy with a particular focus on global citizenship. She is the recipient of the European Union’s Jean Monnet Scholarship Award, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey’s academic excellence award, and the International Inclusive Museum Network’s Emerging Scholar Award. During her professional and academic life, she has been involved with several academic and professional research projects with Mitacs, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, UCL Institute of Archaeology, and Science Museum London. Her writings on museums and cultural heritage have appeared in several academic journals and online arts and culture platforms including The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum (2020), the Panic at Discourse (2019), and Art50.Net (2017-18).
As a museum scholar, museum professional and cultural practitioner who have spent ten years working at museums, art galleries, and heritage sites in the UK, Turkey and Canada, Simge is passionate about developing meaningful and diverse cultural experiences that can engage a broad range of publics with museums and heritage. Simge’s academic interests greatly inform her professional practice. She works towards developing new collaborative programs, curatorial practices, and activities that can address the changing audience needs in the contemporary age.
LLCU 295 Special Topics: Key Trends in Museum Diplomacy (Winter 2022)