Still Standing? A Contextual Interview with ‘Standing Man’ Erdem Gündüz

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One year after the waves of protest were sparked by the occupation of Taksim’s Gezi Park in Turkey, Pieter Verstraete revisits the Standing Man action by Erdem Gündüz. By means of an in-depth, contextualized interview with Gündüz, Verstraete looks at what the standing act meant on a personal and social level, within the bigger framework of the Gezi and Post-Gezi movements, its impact in Europe, and more recent expressions of anti- governmental protest. Special attention is given to the fine lines between art and civil disobedience, the state of democracy in Turkey, the links with Europe, the global Occupy movement and the AKP’s neoliberal policy climate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJahrbuch Türkisch-Deutsche Studien 2014
Subtitle of host publicationIn der Welt der Proteste und Umwälzungen: Deutschland und die Türkei
EditorsMichael Hofmann, Yasemin Dayioglu-Yucel, Seyda Ozil
Place of PublicationGöttingen
PublisherV&R Unipress/Bonn University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783847103882
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • globalisation
  • cultural change
  • activism
  • Turkey
  • Europe
  • direct democracy
  • Turkish Studies
  • Gezi Park protests
  • political art
  • protest movement
  • Occupations

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