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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Diversity and Social Conflict

Tunay Altay

Tunay Altay, Ph. D. Candidate
Tunay Altay
tunay.altay (at) hu-berlin.de


Research Interests

Gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, social anthropology, postcolonial studies, diaspora and critical border studies, critical legal studies


Dissertation Project

Title: "Queering’ Border Regimes: A Critical Investigation on Institutional and Legal Practices on LGBTQ Refugees and Migrants in Germany"

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul


Tunay Altay is a PhD candidate in Humboldt University’s Department of Diversity and Social Conflict. His research and teaching focuses on citizenship, migration and sexuality. As part of his dissertation, Altay is investigating the historical, socio-economic, and institutional factors that affect the lives of marginalized people and how they respond to discrimination, stigmatization, and racism in Germany. His previous work involved qualitative studies of the experiences of queer people of color and Bulgarian sex workers in Berlin. His research has been supported by the DAAD and Institute for Social Sciences, among others. In addition, Altay writes cultural commentaries about politics, popular culture, and activism in Germany and Turkey. He is a board member of the European Network for Queer Anthropology (ENQA) and one of the organizers of SVR Gender Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin. Altay is also involved in community-organizing for migrants and LGBTQ groups in Berlin.



Curriculum Vitae




Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Ph.D. in Sociology

Supervisor: Prof. Gökçe Yurdakul


Boğaziçi University

M.A. in Cultural Studies

Thesis title: "Negotiating Alliances: Queer People of Color and the New Wave Turkish LGBTQ Migrants in Berlin"


Koç University

B.A. in Law (Major)

International Relations (Minor)




U.C. Berkeley

  • Summer School Certificate, Gender Studies



October 2019- May 2020

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



May 2018 – October 2019

German American Fulbright Commission, Berlin, Germany


Diversity and Project Assistant for "European Fulbright Diversity Initiative"

April 2017- April 2018

Boğaziçi University

Research Assistant

Teaching Assistant




Humboldt University of Berlin

Seminar titled: "Citizenship, Borders, and Sexuality" Humboldt University of Berlin




DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)

Scholarship for Particularly Engaged Doctoral Students with an Outstanding Commitment within the International Context


European Commission & Boğaziçi University

Erasmus+ Grant


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Conference Grant (2020) & Travel Grant (2020)


Koç University

Vehbi Koç Scholar



Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • (2020) (under-review) "Turkish White Passings: Racial Liminality, Migrancy, and Queer People of Color in Berlin," Critical Ethnic Studies
  • (2020) (under-review) "Strolling at the Crossroads of Sex, Gender, and Immigration: A Study of Trans* Immigrants Occupied with Street Sex Work in Berlin," co-author with Prof. Gökçe Yurdakul

Other Academic Publications

  • (2020) "What COVID-19 Reveals about Borders and Citizenship: Europe’s Migrants on Their Way Back Home," Witnessing Corona Series, Medizinethnologie Blog, Arbeitsgruppe Medical Anthropology in der DGSKA e.V

Journalistic Publications

  • (2020) "Anti-Blackness in Turkish Popular Culture: Revisiting Arab Mammies, Yam-Yams, and Sexualized Black Bodies," Bianet Turkey, Independent Communication Network
  • (2020) "Türkiye Popüler Kültüründe Siyah Temsili: Arap Bacılar, Yamyamlar ve Cinselleştirilmiş Siyah Bedenler," Bianet Magazine, Independent Communication Network
  • (2020) "Digital Clubbing: Turkish Queers Claim the Internet during COVID-19," MyKali Magazine, Vol:70




Queer Men* of Color Group, GLADT e.V.



Studierendenvortragsreihe Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Gender Studies Department




Panel Presentations

  • (2020) Online Conference of Council for European Studies - Gender and Sexuality Research Network, "Strolling at the Crossroads of Sex, Gender, and Immigration: A Study of Trans* Immigrants Occupied with Street Sex Work in Berlin," University of Exeter, UK.
  • (2020) Social Movements & Mobilization in Times of Global Pandemic, "Borders from Below: A Study of Trans* Immigrants Occupied with Street Sex Work in Berlin," Copenhagen Centre for Political Mobilization and Social Movement Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  •  (2020) Keyman Conference: Queer Conditions, "Turkish White Passings: Racial Liminality, Migrancy, and Queer People of Color in Berlin," Northwestern University, USA.[1]
  • (2019) European Network for Queer Anthropologist Conference, "From Turkey to Berlin: Rethinking Queer Ethnography and Writing Against, Within, and Without,” European University Viadrina, Germany.
  • (2019) Academics on the Move, " Exploring the Classroom as a Site of Collected Remembrance," Humboldt University & Touro College Berlin, Germany.
  • (2017) Social Sciences Congress, "Politics of Masculinity in Canada’s Underground Cinema," Ryerson University, Canada.


  • (2020) "SVR Breaks the Internet: Student Conference on Gender and Sexuality," Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.
  • (2019) 65th Fulbright Berlin Seminar,” European Fulbright Diversity Initiative and German-American Fulbright Commission, Germany.
  • (2019) 2nd European Diversity Roundtable Workshop,” European Fulbright Diversity Initiative and Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commissions, Bulgaria.


  • (2020) "Queer Openings," Inaugural Workshop of the DGSKA Working Group Gender and Sexualities Queer Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.[2]
  • (2019) "Gender, Cognition and Queer Theory Panel," Istanbul University, Turkey.


  • (2020) Moderator, "State, Politics, and Gender," SVR Breaks the Internet: Student Conference on Gender and Sexuality, Germany.
  • (2019) Discussant, “Aesthetics of Trauma & Violence," Sabancı University, Freie Universität Berlin & University of Ulster, Germany.



[1] Postponed due to COVID-19

[2] Postponed due to COVID-19



European Association of Social Anthropologists, EASA

Sexuality Studies Association, SSA

Istanbul Bar Association