A body of my work focuses on the intimate and embodied politics of religion, social difference, and everyday life. My interest in lived religion is grounded deeply in the volatile context of Turkey where bodies, homes, and streets have become the battleground for the power struggle between secular and Islamic ideologies. My work has also expanded with collaborations including Kamila Klingorova and Amy Mills to address the broad questions of quotidian spaces of religion in different contexts, as well as methodological concerns.

Related publications:

Banu Gökarıksel and Anna Secor, 2020. “Beyond the Symbolism of the Headscarf: The Assemblage of Veiling and the Headscarf as a Scriptive Thing,” in Vasudha Narayanan ed, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Materiality, 328-340. Wiley Blackwell: Hoboken, NJ.

Banu Gökarıksel, 2020. “Reflection: Body Space/City Space: Veiling as an Embodied Spatial Practice,” in Andrew Janiak ed. Space: A History, 52-62. Oxford University Press: New York. DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199914104.003.0003

Kamila Klingorova and Banu Gökarıksel, 2019. “Auto-photographic Study of Everyday Emotional Geographies” Area

Banu Gökarıksel, 2018. “Thinking Women, Feminism, and Muslim Identity through Bodies and Space in Turkey,” in Special Forum on “Dissident Subjects: In Honor of miriam cooke,” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 14, 1: 116-123.

Kamila Klingorova (first author) and Banu Gökarıksel, 2017. “ ‘God was with me everywhere’: Women’s embodied practices and everyday experiences of sacred space,” Gender, Place, & Culture, 25, 1: 37-60. DOI 10.1080/0966369X.2017.1398138