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Dr Deniz Arzuk
10 Woburn Square
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  • Lecturer in Childhood and Programme Leader MA Sociology of Childhood and Children?s Rights ? Maternity Cover
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
I was awarded both my MA and PhD degrees from Bogazici University Ataturk Institute, then worked as a Swedish Institute and Raoul Wallenberg Institute researcher at the Child Studies Unit at Linköping University in Sweden. I have been based at UCL Social Research Institute since January 2020. 
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Research Summary

My multidisciplinary research has three distinct but interlinked foci:

- Neoliberalisation of childhood in comparative contexts, with a specific focus on Turkey and Britain.

- Childhood and children’s rights in policy and public discourse

- Children’s culture in the twentieth century

Theoretically, I adopt a social justice approach, exploring the relations between injustice/inequality, distinction, exclusion and conceptualisations of childhood, and advancing understandings of these and neoliberalism in the process. Methodologically, I offer historical and sociological insights about lived experiences of childhood and their relationship to cultural artefacts, such as newspapers and literature. Building on my MA thesis which discusses the social construction of childhood in Turkey in the post-war period, my PhD examines the relation between social, political, and economic change and discourses about childhood in the news media in the 1980s and 1990s. Currently, I'm leading a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. This  research focuses on neoliberalism and childhood in the local contexts of Turkey and Britain. Specifically, I argue and evidence the ways that media panics about children and childhood in the 1980s reflected a resistance to social, political, and economic change, but at the same time, became an exclusionary practice that defined who would be considered a child. 

Teaching Summary
In the last three years, I have been primarily teaching masters level modules on childhood studies. Since 2020, I have been leading Critical Theoretical Debates about Global Childhoods and Society, which is a core module of the MA SCCR. Before moving to UCL, I worked at the Department of Thematic Studies, Child Studies at Linköping University (LiU) in Sweden, where I led the Children’s Rights module, which is a core module of the international MA Child Studies Programme. I also contributed to other modules of the programme, including Children, School, and Education, Historical Perspectives on Childhood, and Sociological Perspectives on Childhood. In 2019, I took part in an Erasmus+ teaching exchange at UCL, co-leading seminars and tutoring for Children’s Rights in Global Perspectives, which is another core module of the MA SCCR.

JAN-2019 – DEC-2019 Researcher, Module Leader, Raoul Wallenberg Institute Fellow Child Studies Linkoping University, Sweden
SEP-2017 – DEC-2018 Researcher, Swedish Institute Fellow Child Studies Linkoping University, Sweden
DEC-2014 – DEC-2015 Researcher   Salt Research Institute, Turkey
AUG-2012 – SEP-2012 Teaching Assistant Term in the Middle East Programme St Olaf College and Bogazici University, Turkey
SEP-2008 – SEP-2010 Lecturer Ataturk Institute Bogazici University, Turkey
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