Techno-religion, religious conservatism, neoliberal political economy, cultural politics, social/cultural resistance, social movements, digital activism.
Esma Husniye Celebioglu began her PhD education in Cultural Studies program at George Mason University in 2015. Celebioglu received her BA degree from philosophy department at Bogazici University. She earned her MA degree in Cultural Studies program at Istanbul Sehir University. Her MA thesis examines the role of communication technology 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 and working on her dissertation. 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 will specifically analyze the religious market and transformation of (religious) conservative culture in Turkey with an emphasis on the relationship between technology and neoliberal political economy. Her areas of research 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)