Techno-religion, religious conservatism, neoliberal political economy, cultural politics, social/cultural resistance, social movements, digital activism.
Esma H. Celebioglu received her B.A. in Philosophy at Bogazici University and her M.A. in Cultural Studies program at Istanbul Sehir University. Her M.A. thesis examines the role of communication technologies in shaping social movements. During her education, she worked as assistant in different media projects.
She is the co-author, with Aslı Telli Aydemir, of “Yeni Medya Arayüzeyinde Örgütsüzleşme, İktidar ve Dönüşen Direniş Kültürü” that was published in the edited collection Devrim Yahut Vasat: Üretim, Deneyim ve Teknoloji [“Disorganization, Power and Transformed Resistance Culture in New Media Interface” - in Revolution or Business as Usual: Production, Experience, and Technology] (Eds.T.Akbal-Süalp & Burçe Çelik, İstanbul: Bağlam Yayınevi, 2012).
She is currently a PhD candidate at George Mason University. Her dissertation project focuses on the incorporation of technology into religious economy and its impact on the transformation of religious conservative structures in Turkey. She specifically analyzes the religious market and transformation of (religious) conservative culture in Turkey with an emphasis on the relationship between technology and neoliberal political economy. Her research areas include techno-religion, religious conservatism, neoliberal political economy, cultural transformation, social/cultural resistance, social movements and digital activism.
2018: Office of the Provost Presidential Summer Research Fellowship (George Mason University)
2017: Office of the Provost Presidential Summer Research Fellowship (George Mason University)
2015-2019: Office of the Provost Presidential Scholar Fellowship / Graduate Research Assistant (George Mason University)