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Assistant Professor - on leave 2020-2021 academic year

Phone: 647-601-4478
Location: HL 532

Teaching Interests

·       GGRC31 Qualitative Geographical Methods: Places and Ethnography (UTSC)

·       GGRC02 Population Geography (UTSC)

·       GGR1816 Geographies of Secularism, Islam and Gender (UTSG)

Research Interests

My research centers on the tension between religion, secularism and security through studies on political Islam and Islamophobia, and on Muslim cultural politics with a focus on cultural and creative industries. Feminist geography, geopolitics and transnational feminism are pivotal to these studies. Much of my work has had a regional focus on Turkey but she has drawn from cases from across the Middle East, Europe and North America.

My doctoral research focused on the intertwinement of secularism and security through a study on the Turkish military’s security discourse from the 1980s to the end of the 2000s. I examined the construction of political Islam as a risk to national security as it shaped the experiences of women in military families, and I published in academic journals such as Gender, Place and Culture, Security Dialogue, and Social and Cultural Geography. Through these works I built expertise in feminist geographies of the body, feminist geopolitics, military geographies, security and risk studies, critical geographies of secularism and Islam.

Currently I explore the cultural geographies of secularism and Islam in Turkey through a study of Islamic and traditional visual arts in Istanbul from the 1990s onwards. This research aims to unravel the cultural politics of Islam and its entanglement with neoliberalism as manifested in the emergence of this new cultural industry that developed primarily through involvement of young pious women artists. Muslim and feminist geopolitics, urban and cultural geographies of Islam and critical approaches to cultural and creative industries in non-European contexts emerge as the leading themes in this research project.

·       feminist geographies of the body

·       feminist geopolitics

·       security and risk studies

·       critical geographies of secularism and Islam

·       cultural geography

·       cultural industries


Journal articles

2018    Arik, H. “Emotional and Corporeal Formations of Secularism: A Case Study of Military Bases in Turkey, 1980s-2000s” Social & Cultural Geography. DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2018.1559344

2018    Arik, H. “Secular risk governance and the Turkish military’s battle with political Islam, 1980s-2000s”. Security Dialogue, 49 (4): 306–323. DOI: 10.1177/0967010618775021

2016    Arik, H. “Security, secularism and gender: the Turkish military's security discourse in relation to political Islam”, Gender, Place & Culture, 23 (5): 641-658. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2015.1034242

2012    Arik, H. “Speaking of Women? Exploring Violence Against Women Through Political Discourses: A Study of Headscarf Debates in Turkey” E-cadernos CES, 16: 10-31.      

Book chapter

2011    Arik, H. “Veiled Insecurities: A case study on the headscarf debate and gendered violence in Turkey” Selected Proceedings of 17th YCISS Conference: New Directions: The Future of Canadian (in) Security Studies, Toronto: Center for International and Security Studies York University. pp: 55-72

2009    Arik, H. “Kahvehanede Erkek Olmak: Türkiye’de Kamusal Alanda Erkek Egemenliğin Antropolojisi” [Being a man in the Coffeehouse: Anthropology of Hegemonic Masculinities in Public Space in Turkey] In Ayten Alkan (ed.), Cins Cins Mekan [Gendered Spaces], Istanbul: Varlık Press. pp: 168 – 201.


2013    Arik, H., Aslan, Ö. and Ellialti, T. “On Vulnerability, Interdependency, and Popular Sovereignty: An Interview with Judith Butler”, Feminist Approaches in Culture and Politics, 21 (October), 51-67.

2010    Arik, H., Aslan, Ö. Rajkumar, D. and Vaiya, S. “On Academy and Feminism, an Interview with Chandra Talpade Mohanty”, Feminist Approaches in Culture and Politics, 12 (October), 140 – 146.

Book Review

2015    Arik, H. Review of Muslim Women, Transnational Feminism, and the Ethics of Pedagogy: Contested Imaginaries in Post-9/11 Cultural Practice. 2014. Lisa K. Taylor and Jasmin Zine, (eds.) New York: Routledge, in American Journal of Islamic Social Science, 32: 4, pp: 104-109.      

Encyclopedia Entry

2017    Bain, A. and Arik, H. “Patriarchy”, in International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. New York: Wiley Press.