Dr. Gülşah Başkavak

Dr. Gülşah Başkavak has been employed at the Orient-Institut İstanbul since February 2019 as a research fellow at the Humans, Medicine and Society research area. She is currently working on issues relating to sociology of body, medical technologies, and digital health. She received her PhD degree in Sociology at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2016 with her dissertation on Understanding Surgical Craft in the Changing Context of Technology, Transformation of Healthcare and Marketization: A Case Study on Surgeons in Istanbul, Turkey. As part of her dissertation research, she conducted qualitative and ethnographic research in hospitals, clinics and operating theater. Her fields of interest include medicine-technology relationship, technological transformation and work, science and technology studies (STS), crafts and craftsmanship, medical sociology and, occupations and professions. Dr. Başkavak completed her undergraduate education at the Faculty of Economics of the Istanbul University, and received a MA degree from Marmara University with her thesis on The Impact of Information and Communication Technologies on Power Distribution in Organizations. She worked as research assistant at METU and Yıldız Technical University and took part in various national and international research projects on sociology of health, criminology and sociology of religion. During her graduate studies, she spent a year at the Social Sciences Faculty of the Humboldt University in Berlin. Dr. Başkavak’s post-doctorate research focuses on topics including medical sociology, sociology of body, new surgical technologies and the patients, digital health, professionalism in medicine, craft and technology. She has been working part time in the research project “Hair:y_less Masculinities: A Cartography” within IRSSC since April 2021.