New Publication: ─░nsan Sonras─▒ Erkek(lik): Sa├ž Ekimi ├ľrne─či

Aesthetic surgery has been the subject of significant sociological research, primarily concerning women and the debates that surround their bodies. These discussions have centered around the stereotyping of women’s bodies, resulting in a specific type of femininity construction (Franco 2008; Jones 2006), or the empowerment of women for health reasons through non-essential/optional procedures (Heggenstaller et al. 2018). Edmonds (2009) notes that aesthetic surgical procedures have an aspect of Human Enhancement (HE) (┼×ahinol 2016) and go beyond mere consumption, aiming for mental and sexual well-being, such as enhancing sexual attractiveness.

In recent years, biomedicalization processes have extended to male bodies through HE Technologies, resulting in a growing demand for interventions in men’s hair and body hair. Aesthetic surgical procedures and minimally invasive procedures, such as hair transplantation and laser hair removal, respectively, have become popular among men (American Society of Plastic Surgeons). This situation highlights the need for research on interventions in men’s hair and body hair.

This article is based on a qualitative research study conducted between March and July 2020, which focused on medical (non-surgical) interventions in men’s hair and body hair. The study aims to contribute to critical posthuman literature by exploring the reconstruction of the posthuman male body through hair transplantation technology. The study also seeks to discuss the liberating possibilities and limiting aspects of the posthuman male body that emerges around these interventions.

Therefore, the primary research question of this article (turkish) is how the posthuman male body is reconstructed with hair transplantation technology, and what are the implications for the posthuman male body’s liberating possibilities and limiting aspects. The article concludes by highlighting the contribution of the study to critical posthuman literature and suggesting avenues for future research.

Excerpt from the text:

In order to understand post-human masculinity, we emphasize the importance of considering the combination of body and technology, such as self-care, as a socio-bio-technical care complex (┼×ahinol and Ba┼čkavak 2021). Additionally, it is important to look at socio-technical elements such as health policies in order to gain a holistic perspective. Such an approach considers the post-human body as a “socio-bio-technical process” and provides an analytical framework for discussing how the body is shaped both on a micro and macro level (┼×ahinol). The political elements that make up the macro level, such as health policies, are a product of a collective imagination about social life and order specific to each country, which Jasanoff and Kim define as “socio-technical imaginaries” (Jasanoff and Kim 2009). Through this concept, we can discuss how health policies and ultimately the body are shaped by country-specific visions. Therefore, in order to think more deeply about health governance, it is appropriate to expand the concept of socio-technical imaginaries to include the “bio” aspect, based on ┼×ahinol’s concept of socio-bio-technical processes, and to define free medicine zones as socio-bio-technical institutions that include all the social values, technological opportunities, and practices of the relevant community or belief groups (Ayd─▒n 2020).

In summary, this article focuses on the biomedication processes in Turkey and Iran and the emergence of post-human masculinity through hair and body hair technologies, and emphasizes the importance of evaluating them in terms of socio-technical imaginaries, which are important components of the healthy society desires of these countries. Since conducting research that covers the individual histories of millions of men and trillions of hair follicles in Turkey and Iran is not possible, and taking the idea of representation that is impossible according to the new materialist framework that considers matter as an agent that creates, transforms and is transformed, this article takes the body as a geography (Holton 2020) and prefers “cartography instead of classification” (Tuin and Dolphijn 2012, 111).

┼×ahinol, M., & Ta┼čdizen, B. (2022). ─░nsan Sonras─▒ Erkek(lik): Sa├ž Ekimi ├ľrne─či. In S. Buran & P. Kumbet (Eds.), ├çokludisiplinlerde Posth├╝manizm (pp. 443-456). London, UK: Transnational Press London.

“Modified (Hu)Man: Gelenekler, K─▒r─▒lganl─▒klar ve Olas─▒ Gelecekler” Paneli, “─░ran’da Belgesel Filmler ve Toplumsal De─či┼čim” Film Forum Istanbul (Institut Fran├žais, Taksim)

Cuma, 21 Ocak, 2022, 16:00 ÔÇô 17:30 GMT+3

Institut Fran├žais Istanbul – Taksim
─░stiklal Caddesi No┬░4, ┼×ehit Muhtar
34435 ─░stanbul, Turkey

MODIFIED (HU)MAN: GELENEKLER, KIRILGANLIKLAR VE OLASI GELECEKLER

Bedensel m├╝dahaleler yaln─▒zca sakatl─▒klar─▒n ÔÇťtamirÔÇŁ edilmesi veya hastal─▒klar─▒n iyile┼čtirilmesi ama├žl─▒ de─čil ayr─▒ca bedensel yetkinlikleri art─▒rmak i├žin kullan─▒l─▒yor. Dolay─▒s─▒yla, bu t├╝r bedensel m├╝dahaleleri anlamak ad─▒na onlar─▒ ├ževreleyen pratikleri ve onlara y├╝klenen sembolik anlamlar─▒ ├Âne ├ž─▒karmak istiyoruz. Bedenlerin b├Âylesi m├╝dahaleler yoluyla edindi─či ├Âzg├╝rle┼čtirici olanaklar─▒ veya ortaya ├ž─▒kan farkl─▒ k─▒r─▒lganl─▒klar─▒ neler? Bu tematik film se├žkisi beden modifikasyonu pratiklerine odaklan─▒yor; bu t├╝r pratiklerin gelenek ve olas─▒ gelecekler eksenindeki ili┼čkisini toplumsal bir in┼ča olan cinsiyet normlar─▒n─▒n ├žeki┼čmesi ├╝zerinden kurguluyor. Filmler, farkl─▒ yer ve zamanlarda tekil bedensel alg─▒ veya bedene m├╝dahale hikayelerini do─ča, k├╝lt├╝r ve beden aras─▒ndaki ili┼čkiyi g├Âstererek aktar─▒yor. B├Âylece, bedensel m├╝dahalelerin sosyo-k├╝lt├╝rel kodlamalar─▒ ve bilim, sanat ve k├╝lt├╝rdeki farkl─▒la┼čan teknoloji alg─▒lar─▒ aras─▒ndaki ili┼čkiye dair sorular soruyor.

Film g├Âsteriminin oda─č─▒nda ─░ran yap─▒m─▒ uzun metraj film StepfatherÔÇÖs Legacy yer al─▒yor. Film, kendini evlili─če haz─▒r hisseden ancak d─▒┼č g├Âr├╝n├╝┼č├╝nden memnun olmayan ve bu sebepten dolay─▒ t─▒bbi s├╝re├žlerden ge├žen bir adam─▒ oda─č─▒na al─▒yor. ÔÇťBIO ┬Ě FICTION Bilim Sanat Filmleri FestivaliÔÇŁnden d├Ârt k─▒sa film, izleyiciyi ileri teknolojilerin toplumsal etkileri ├╝zerine d├╝┼č├╝nmeye te┼čvik ediyor. Gelece─če y├Âneltti─čimiz kurgusal bir lens ile soruyoruz: Quo vadis, Modified (Hu)Man?

F─░LMLER

Adam
0:02, 2018, USA, Emma Allen
Sanat├ž─▒ Emma Allen ve n├Ârobilimci Daisy Thompson-Lake aras─▒ndaki bir ÔÇ×Grey MattersÔÇť i┼čbirli─či olan Adam, depresyonla ili┼čkilendirilen n├Ârolojik s├╝re├žleri ve duygular─▒ betimleyen bir animasyon.

ÔÇőAphasia Mechanica
0:03, 2010, USA, Daniel Warner
─░nsan bedenindeki mekanik par├žalar─▒n siyah-beyaz izlenimleri.

Stepfather's Legacy.jpg
Stepfather’s Legacy’den bir sahne.

StepfatherÔÇÖs Legacy
1:07, 2015, ─░ran, Nima Mahdian 
Evlenmeyi planlayan bir erkek sa├ž d├Âk├╝lmesi ve kelle┼čmeden ┼čikayet├židir. Bu durum, ameliyat dahil olmak ├╝zere ├že┼čitli t─▒bbi s├╝re├žlere ba┼čvurmas─▒na sebep olur. Her ne kadar t├╝m ├žabas─▒ evlenebilme ihtimalini artt─▒rmak ama├žl─▒ olsa da, en nihayetinde k─▒r─▒lgan erkekli─čini g├╝n y├╝z├╝ne ├ž─▒kar─▒r.

Carlottas Gesicht
0:05, 2018, Almanya, Valentin Riedl & Fr├ęd├ęric Schuld
Hen├╝z ├žocukken, Carlotta etraf─▒ndaki insanlar─▒n bir y├╝z├╝ olmas─▒n─▒ beklemiyordu. Zira kendi y├╝z├╝n├╝ dahi tan─▒m─▒yordu. Y─▒llar sonra, beyninde olduk├ža ender g├Âr├╝len ve tedavisi olmayan bir farkl─▒l─▒k oldu─čunu ├Â─črenir. Kendisiyle y├╝zle┼čmesini sa─člayan en sonunda sanat olur.

Carlotta's Face - BIO┬ĚFICTION Science Art Film Festival.jpg
Carlottas Gesicht’ten bir sahne.

The Auxiliary
0:08, 2018, Bel├žika, Fr├ęd├ęric Plasman
ÔÇőYerle bir olan d├╝nyada kendi yans─▒mas─▒yla ba┼č ba┼ča, ├žaresiz ve haks─▒z yere itibar kayb─▒ ya┼čam─▒┼č biri her ┼čeyin sonunu getirecek. Kim bu ki┼či ve varolu┼ču neden?

The Auxiliary - BIO┬ĚFICTION Science Art Film Festival.jpg
The Auxiliary’den bir sahne.

Book Publication: “Hair:y_less Masculinities. A Cartography”

We are very proud to inform you about our new publication, which is freely accessible.

┼×ahinol, M., Ta┼čdizen, B., & Ba┼čkavak, G. (2022). Hair:y_less Masculinities . A Cartography. Bonn: ┼×ahinol, Melike (in cooperation with perspectivia.net). https://doi.org/10.25360/01-2022-00000

Illustration ┬ę Merve ┼×ahinol.

Cosmetic surgery is booming ÔÇô and no longer just among women: Both surgical procedures and minimal invasive cosmetic treatments are on the rise among men worldwide. For many men, when early signs of balding appears or when the beard does not grow as desired, this becomes a heavy burden to carry. After all, a youthful, vital, and masculine appearance can be of decisive importance in both professional and private life.  

Challenging the prevalent human-centered worldview under a critical post-humanist programmatic, the authors scrutinize ways in which hair constructs gender regimes, especially regimes of masculinities. In this book, hair follicles take center stage as peculiar actors shaping and being shaped by socio-cultural norms and techno-medical processes aiming at hairÔÇÖs elimination, accelerating its growth and its taming.

In order to stimulate an accessible and dialogue-oriented communication with the wider public, this Science Communication book gathers, documents and presents the visual data that accumulated throughout the 2-year fieldwork, involving photographs of operation theaters, sketches of medical professionals and patients within hair transplantation and laser hair removal processes. From these drawings and photographs emerges the cartography of ÔÇśHair:y_less MasculinitiesÔÇÖ, wherein hair resists the techno-medical imaginaries through its Eigensinn, despite the natureculture metaphors that readily construct it as highly malleable and passive.

┼×ahinol, Ta┼čdizen and Ba┼čkavak, 2022

ISBN 978-625-00-9547-8
DOI: 10.25360/01-2022-00000

┬ę 2022 by Melike ┼×ahinol, Burak Ta┼čdizen, G├╝l┼čah Ba┼čkavak

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers.

Hair:y_less Masculinities. A Cartography
┼×ahinol, Melike; Ta┼čdizen, Burak; Ba┼čkavak, G├╝l┼čah, Bonn 2022

ISBN: 978-625-00-9547-8
The OCLC Control Number is 1288515413.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.25360/01-2022-00000

Subjects: Medicine, Science and Technology Studies. | Sociology ÔÇô Medical Sociology ÔÇô Research ÔÇô Methodology. | Anthropology ÔÇô Research ÔÇô Methodology. | Gender Studies ÔÇô Men and Masculinities. |

Cover image by Merve ┼×ahinol. The artwork cannot be reprinted or reproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented,including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the artist.

This work was supported by the large-scale ÔÇťKnowledge Unbound: Internationalisation, Networking, Innovation in and by the Max Weber StiftungÔÇŁ research project, funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Publisher: Melike ┼×ahinol in cooperation with perspectivia.net

hairyless.hypotheses.org

“Modified (Hu)Man: Traditions, Vulnerabilities and Possible Futures” Panel at the “Iran at the Crossways: Documentaries and Dialogues on a Changing Society” Film Forum Hamburg (online)

Friday, November 12th, 2021, 7:00 p.m. [CET]

Modified (Hu)Man: Traditions, Vulnerabilities and Possible Futures

(introduction by Dr. Melike ┼×ahinol)

Body modifications are used not only to ÔÇťrepairÔÇŁ injuries or enable recovery after illness but also to enhance human performance. Consequently, we would like to highlight the practices and symbolic effects of such interventions. What are their empowering potentials, but also what are the emergent vulnerabilities of bodies in general? The films of this thematic block focus on the traditions, vulnerabilities, and possible futures of diverse body modifications in relation to gender as a social construct. They illustrate individual journeys of different bodily perceptions and interventions through time and space by showing the relationship between nature, culture, and the body with science-art as well as cultural and fictional contributions. In doing so, they raise questions about the relationships between socio-cultural coding of body modifications and notions of technology in science, art, and culture. In the center of the film screening stands the Iranian feature film StepfatherÔÇÖs Legacy that revolves around a man who is ready to get married and undertakes techno-medical modification efforts as an investment in his corporeal capital. A series of four short films from the ÔÇťBIO┬ĚFICTION Science Art Film FestivalÔÇŁ encourages the audience to reflect on the social implications of emergent technologies. By taking a fictional look ahead, we raise the question: Quo vadis, Modified (Hu)Man?


7:15 p.m. [CET]

Films (in screening order)

Adam
0:02, 2018, USA, Emma Allen, oD

A ÔÇťGrey MattersÔÇŁ collaboration between artist Emma Allen and neuroscientist Daisy Thompson-Lake, Adam is an animated portrait illustrating some of the underlying neurological processes and emotions associated with depression.

Aphasia Mechanica
0:03, 2010, USA, Daniel Warner, oD

Black and white impressions of mechanical parts in the human body.

StepfatherÔÇÖs Legacy
1:07, 2015, Iran, Nima Mahdian, OmdU

A man who is planning to marry suffers from hair loss and baldness, leading him to experiment with various forms of medical treatment and even surgery. Although his efforts are an investment to boost his position on the marriage market, they ultimately expose the vulnerabilities of his masculinity.

Carlottas Gesicht
0:05, 2018, Germany, Valentin Riedl & Fr├ęd├ęric Schuld, dt./OV

As a child, Carlotta didnÔÇÖt expect the people around her to have faces. She didnÔÇÖt even recognize her own face. Years later, she learns about a rare, untreatable deficit of her brain. It was art, after all, that offered her a way to finally recognize herself.

The Auxiliary
ÔÇő0:08, 2018, Belgium, Fr├ęd├ęric Plasman, OmdU

Alone in front of her reflection in a collapsing world, someone desperate, feeling unfairly discredited, is going to end it all. But who is she and why?


9:00 p.m. [CET]

Round Table [EN]

Moderation: Melike ┼×ahinol

Panel discussion with Ba┼čak A─č─▒n, S├╝meyra Buran, Claudia Liebelt, Nacim Pak-Shiraz and Christopher Coenen.

Short biographies of the panel discussants

Ba┼čak A─č─▒n, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of English Literature and a faculty member at TED University, Ankara, Turkey. She has authored a Turkish monograph Posth├╝manizm: Kavram, Kuram, Bilim-Kurgu (Posthumanism: Concept, Theory, Science-Fiction, 2020) and edited Ekofobi Hipotezi (2021)ÔÇöM. Sibel Din├želÔÇÖs Turkish translation of Simon C. EstokÔÇÖs The Ecophobia Hypothesis (2018). Currently, she is editing a Turkish handbook of environmental, medical, digital, and posthumanities,  co-editing Ecofeminism and World Literature: African, Middle Eastern, and Asian Perspectives with Douglas Vakoch and Posthuman Pathogenesis: Contagion in Literature, Media, and Arts with ┼×afak Horzum. 

S├╝meyra Buran is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California Riverside (from Istanbul Medeniyet University) since she was awarded a research grant by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) in 2018. She is the founding and coordinating editor of Journal of Posthumanism, the editor of Posthumanism Series by Transnational Press London, a committee member of BIPOC at the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA), and a country representative (Turkey) at the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA). She is the editor of a collection Edebiyatta Posth├╝manizm (2020) by TpLondon, co-editor with Sherryl Vint of a collection book Technologies of Feminist Speculative Fiction: Gender, Artificial Life, Reproduction (2021) by Palgrave, co-editor with Jim Clarke of a collection Religious Futurisms (2022) and the author of a monograph Su-fi: Sufi Science Fiction to be published by Routledge (2022).

Christopher Coenen is senior researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyÔÇÖs Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (KIT-ITAS). At ITAS since 2003. Before moving to Karlsruhe in 2009, based in Berlin at the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament (TAB), which is run by KIT-ITAS. As team member or project leader, he has conducted more than 15 projects on behalf of such institutions as the German Parliament, the European Parliament and the European Commission. Currently, he is, amongst other things, in charge of the coordination of the EU-funded project SYNENERGENE on synthetic biology, a large-scale stakeholder and public dialogue and agenda-setting action plan with more than 20 partners from three continents, and the Editor in Chief of the journal NanoEthics (Springer). Among his main fields of interest are a wide variety of societal, political, philosophical, and cultural aspects of synthetic biology, nanotechnologies and neurotechnologies, and the ÔÇśhuman enhancementÔÇÖ topic.

Claudia Liebelt is Professor in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Free University of Berlin. Her research foci are in the Anthropology of the Body and the Senses, Gender, Religion and Sexualities. She has authored Caring for the ÔÇśHoly LandÔÇÖ: Filipina domestic workers in Israel (Berghahn, 2011) and has edited a volume on Beauty and the norm: debating standardization in bodily appearance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Her second monograph on Istanbul Appearances: Beauty and the Making of Middle-Class Femininities is currently under review.

Nacim Pak-Shiraz is Personal Chair of Cinema and Iran at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on cinema and visual culture in the Middle East, particularly Iran. Professor Pak-Shiraz has also curated a number of film festivals in Edinburgh, and has been as a jury member and speaker at several international film festivals in the Czech Republic, Turkey and Iran.


The panel “Modified (Hu)Man: Traditions, Vulnerabilities and Possible Futures” is organized by Melike ┼×ahinol, Burak Ta┼čdizen and G├╝l┼čah Ba┼čkavak. “Iran at the Crossways: Documentaries and Dialogues on a Changing Society” film forum is organized as part of IRSSC, and is part of Max Weber FoundationÔÇÖs project Knowledge Unbound, and is funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Image ┬ę by IRSSC

“Entangled Empowerment: Connecting Shared Hair Transplantation Practices for Men in Turkey and Iran” presented at the “Connecting Themes Conference: Contested Knowledge in a Connected World” in Berlin

Burak Ta┼čdizen presents the selected findings of “Hair:y_less Masculinities: A Cartography”. Photograph: Kamyar Nematollahy.

Dr. Melike ┼×ahinol and Burak Ta┼čdizen presented the selected findings of the ongoing research project “Hair:y_less Masculinities: A Cartography” at the “Connecting Themes Conference: Contested Knowledge in a Connected World” organized by Max Weber Foundation in Berlin, Germany on September 16-17, 2021.

Their paper titled “Entangled Empowerment: Connecting Shared Hair Transplantation Practices for Men in Turkey and Iran” was part of the thematic discussion “Reshaping Gender Norms: The Intersections and Transformations of Gendered Empowerment” chaired by Prof. Christina von Hodenberg of German Historical Institute London. We share below the paper abstract.

Irrespective of gender, techno-medical possibilities are causing profound transformations in the human body, promising empowerment.  As a result, there is a growing cultural enthusiasm for cosmetic surgery, revealing itself in the promotion of a range of cosmetic treatment options tailored towards men and women alike in billboards placed around metropolitan areas of Turkey and Iran, the two of the most popular global destinations for health and beauty. These two countries, compared to the world, stand out with the number of hair transplantations carried out for men regarding their facial and chest hair. Connecting these two countries through their shared hair transplantation practices for men, we aim to discuss unifying but contested elements of masculinities construction that are intertwined with empowerment.

We discuss three dimensions, enabling and contesting the emergent empowerment through hair transplantation practices. First dimension regards purity and cleanliness, which could often be traced to religious meanings and affects. Secondly, empowerment is framed by socio-political currents as in different moustache and beard styles often associated with specific socio-political attitudes. Last dimension points to the emergent beauty norms often related to emergent masculinities. Our qualitative research discloses individual yet connected empowering practices and techniques around hair transplantation entangled with the three above-mentioned dimensions reshaping masculinities.  

┼×ahinol & Ta┼čdizen, 2021

You could read more about the conference here, and find the conference program here.

ÔÇťColonizing MenÔÇÖs Bodies: Natureculture Metaphors Around Hair TransplantationÔÇŁ presented at the panel ÔÇťIs There a Middle Eastern Body?ÔÇŁ

Dr. Melike ┼×ahinol and Burak Ta┼čdizen have presented the selected findings of the ongoing research project ÔÇťHair:y_less Masculinities: A CartographyÔÇŁ at ÔÇťI U A E S: The Re-invention of Traditions in the Middle EastÔÇŁ conference at the panel ÔÇťIs There a Middle Eastern Body?ÔÇŁ chaired by Prof. Dr. Claudia Liebelt and Dr. Melike ┼×ahinol. The presentation titled ÔÇťColonizing MenÔÇÖs Bodies: Natureculture Metaphors Around Hair TransplantationÔÇŁ discussed the narratives of medical practitioners and patients which utilize natureculture metaphors to explain the hair transplantation process, both during and after.

The conference was hosted by Orient-Institut Istanbul via Zoom on August 7-9, 2021.

ONLINE SURVEY: Hair:y_less Masculinities (20 mins.)

Our research was affected by the pandemic. Hence, our methodological shift towards an online survey. We invite you to participate in the survey, which you can access from the link below.

Our survey takes about 20 minutes. We would appreciate, if you could allocate your time. Your answers will be anonymized. Language options in English, Turkish and Persian are available on the top right.

Survey link: https://ww2.unipark.de/uc/OII_HairylessMasculinities/

We thank you very much for your contribution in advance.

We hope you are staying well and supported during this difficult time.

New Publication: “Medicalised Masculinities in Turkey and Iran: The Eigensinn of Hair in Hair Transplantation”

We are happy to announce that our article ÔÇťMedicalised Masculinities in Turkey and Iran: The Eigensinn of Hair in Hair TransplantationÔÇŁ is now published on the new special issue ÔÇťMedicalised Masculinities ÔÇô Somatechnical InterventionsÔÇŁ of Somatechnics Journal by Edinburgh University Press. We thank the Editors-in-Chief Holly Randell-Moon and Iris van der Tuin, the Guest Editors Karen Hvidtfeldt, Michael Nebeling Petersen, Kristian M├Şller, Camilla Bruun Eriksen and anonymous peer-reviewers whose careful, constructive critiques helped refine the article. You can access the article here, and Guest EditorsÔÇÖ introduction along with other special issue articles here.

Abstract

Growing cultural enthusiasm for cosmetic surgery and the techno-medical modification of the body have had a considerable impact on men in recent years making it the driving force behind the medicalisation of masculinities (Syzmczak and Conrad 2006). Among the top five cosmetic procedures most frequently chosen by men are laser hair removal in the category of cosmetic minimally invasive procedures and hair transplantation in the category of cosmetic surgical procedures (American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2019). Turkey is the world’s leading destination for medical services and a leading country of medical tourism. Its beauty tourism is particularly noteworthy making the country attractive for ÔÇśdemand-orientedÔÇÖ and ÔÇśwish-fulfillingÔÇÖ cosmetic procedures for the West, the Middle East as well as locals. With a special emphasis on the somatechnics of shaping men’s hair, this article analyses the currents of hair transplantation practices and after-care in shaping masculinities in Turkey and its regional competitor Iran. By building on the existing literature, we extend the discussion on male haircare with hair as the┬ábios┬áas part of emerging socio-bio-technical entities.

Workshop: Medicalized Masculinities

Knowledge Exchange from Denmark to Turkey
October 20, 2020, 9AM ÔÇô 11:20 AM, CEST
Orient-Institut Istanbul

The workshop is being organized by the Orient-Institut Istanbul as part of the project titled ÔÇťA Cartography of Hair:y_less Masculinities. A Comparison between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of TurkeyÔÇŁ and University of Southern Denmark as part of the project ÔÇťMedicine Man: Media Assemblages of Medicalized MasculinityÔÇŁ.

The workshop will bring together different researchers from Denmark and Turkey with the aim to explore possibilities and limits of cooperation around medicalized masculinities with its cultural, social and religious interconnections, to exchange knowledge and expertise by collecting theoretical and methodological inputs from different perspectives, and to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration.

Workshop Participants
Melike ┼×ahinol (Orient-Institut Istanbul)
Karen Hvidtfeldt (University of Southern Denmark)
Michael Nebeling Petersen (University of Southern Denmark)
Kristian M├Şller (University of Southern Denmark)
Mie Birk Jensen (University of Southern Denmark)
Signe Rom Rasmussen (University of Southern Denmark)
Burak Ta┼čdizen (Orient-Institut Istanbul)  

4S/EASST 2020 Conference Programme is out!

As we mentioned earlier, we will present our preliminary research results at the upcoming 4S/EASST 2020 conference. Our paper is titled “Everyday Cyborgs: Men with Implanted/Transplanted Hair (and its Eigensinn).” To read our abstract and go through the abstracts of other presentations in the session, visit here. See below for time/date details.

Tue, August 18, 10:00 to 11:40am CEST (11:00am to 12:40pm IST), virPrague, VR 04.

To see the entire conference programme, please visit here.

ÔÇťEveryday Cyborgs: Men with implanted / transplanted hair (and its Eigensinn)ÔÇŁ accepted for panel #174 EASST/4S Prague 2020 Virtual Meeting

We are very happy that we will be able to present our abstract on Everyday Cyborgs: Men with implanted/transplanted hair (and its Eigensinn) (see below) in the panel #174 Techniques of Resilience. Coping with the Vulnerabilities of Hybrid Bodies by Nelly Oudshoorn during the virtual meeting of EASST/4S Prague 2020 ÔÇťLocating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging WorldsÔÇŁ to be held between August 18 and August 21. We will be discussing our project A Cartography of Hair:y_less Masculinities. A Comparison between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Turkey to a certain extent with approaches to understand the techniques of resilience as an important component of conceptualizing  vulnerabilities and part of the cyborg theory.

Everyday Cyborgs: Men with implanted/transplanted hair (and its Eigensinn)

Melike ┼×ahinol (Orient-Institut Istanbul), Burak Ta┼čdizen (Orient-Institut Istanbul)

In recent years techno-medical reconfigurations of menÔÇÖs bodies, an example to which are interventions in balding due to aging (Syzmczak and Conrad 2006), has medicalized menÔÇÖs bodies and thus masculinities A reason for this is that cosmetic surgery has become not only more accessible (Edmonds 2009) but also more popular among men with hair transplantations/implantations being one of the most chosen cosmetic surgical procedures by men (American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2019).

Extending the focus on ÔÇśbody companion technologyÔÇÖ from the concrete technologies implanted into/on the body/ies, towards including emerging biotechnical entities, such as (synthetic) hair and its implantation/transplantation processes, this research focuses on menÔÇÖs bodies and their materialization as ÔÇśeveryday cyborgsÔÇÖ through hair implantation/transplantation procedures. Concentrating on men undergoing such procedures in clinics in Turkey and Iran, we argue that these procedures could be regarded as empowerment of vulnerable subjects for they enable self-actualization. As these procedures are embedded in a web of biopolitical currents (i.e. economy, professional settings, etc.), consolidation of gender differences through the reproduction of a particular type of masculinity could be underway.

Considering the self-will (Eigensinn) of the bios, and thus hair, our complementary to the body companion technology concept helps to see hair as biotechnical entity, with the agency to reject its new territory, requiring ongoing care on part of the patientÔÇÖs body. Thus, this research conceptualizes the techno-medical (re)locations of hair in menÔÇÖs bodies within a ÔÇťsocio-bio-technical frameworkÔÇŁ (┼×ahinol 2016) and scrutinizes how and the ways in which these ÔÇśeveryday cyborgÔÇÖ bodies deal with emergent vulnerabilities.

References

American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2019. 2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report.

Edmonds, Alexander. 2009. ÔÇťLearning to love yourself: esthetics, health, and therapeutics in Brazilian plastic surgery.ÔÇŁ  Ethnos 74 (4):465-489.

┼×ahinol, Melike. 2016. Das techno-zerebrale Subjekt: Zur Symbiose von Mensch und Maschine in den NeurowissenschaftenTechnik ÔÇô K├Ârper ÔÇô Gesellschaft. Bielefeld: transcript.

Syzmczak, Julia E., and Peter  Conrad. 2006. ÔÇťMedicalizing the Aging Male Body: Andropause and Baldness.ÔÇŁ In Medicalized Masculinities, edited by Dana Rosenfeld and Christopher A. Faircloth. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Research Colloquium at Orient-Institut Istanbul

“Cartography of Hair:y_less Masculinities” was presented by Dr. Melike ┼×ahinol and Burak Ta┼čdizen at the Research Colloquium held by Orient-Institut Istanbul on April 1, 2020, followed by a Q&A session with a participating audience from Germany, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. The colloquium was moderated by Dr. Katja Rieck.

The colloquium took off with a welcome speech delivered by Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika and followed by the presentation and a discussion.

Dr. Melike ┼×ahinol discussed the theoretical framework for the study, which brings together biomedicalization, post-human feminism, and masculinity studies. Later, Burak Ta┼čdizen disseminated the preliminary research results from the fieldwork that has been continuing since February, 2020. The preliminary research results indicate that there are cultural differences of hair practices in Turkey and Iran and thus different masculinities taking shape through hair:y_less. Not only socio-cultural or socio-political factors were discussed, but also historical and geographical connotations for the shaping of post-human masculinities.

The colloquium took place online, via Zoom, due to physical distancing required by COVID-19 outbreak.

Call for Interview Participants

As part of our sociological research project on hair and masculinities, we are looking for men from Turkey or Iran to talk to about their experiences in

  • hair / beard / moustache transplants
  • bodily hair removals

The interview lasts around 45 minutes, and your answers will be anonymized. It will take place in an online setting of your choice including but not limited to Skype and / or WhatsApp.

If you are willing to participate in our study, please contact our project coordinator Burak Ta┼čdizen at tasdizen@oiist.org.

See the flyer below.

ÔÇťThe Medicalization of Bodies Is a Gendered PracticeÔÇŁ Interview with Burak Ta┼čdizen

Burak Ta┼čdizen talked to Max Weber Stiftung on his previous and current research projects, and his research practice in general, including the research project “Cartography of Hair:y_less Masculinities”.

In our research on the re-mapping of hair in menÔÇÖs bodies by (non)medical practices, it was surprising to see how medicalization of bodies is a gendered practice, yet the literature was mostly focusing on medicalization of womenÔÇÖs bodies such as the post-natal or menopausal female body. Although there are historical accounts on men and their hair practices, medicalization of these practices via current technologies remains relatively unexplored in the social sciences. In the past years, more and more men have started to consult medical expertise to (re)shape their bodies, examples of which are hair/beard/moustache transplants. These procedures, for which Istanbul has become a global hub attracting patients from not only Europe and the Middle East but also from overseas countries such as Brazil, help men regain a more accepted look in society so long as they subscribe to societal norms. Such interventions on menÔÇÖs bodies become especially interesting when considering the plurality of masculinities, in which only some of them are desired and others are not, and how technologies take active part in the negotiation and (re)shaping of bodies and thus gender.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Workshop: “Technology and the Body: Care, Empowerment, and the Fluidity of Bodies”

As part of the project, we had an internal workshop titled “Technology and the Body: Care, Empowerment, and the Fluidity of Bodies” on 21 January, 2020 at Orient-Institut Istanbul. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, the workshop brought together two research fields of Orient-Institute Istanbul, namely, “Human, Medicine and Society”, and “Study of Religions”, each with a distinctive approach to the study of body.

Find the workshop program here.

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