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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.


Mine Yildirim

Mine Yildirim is a doctoral candidate in Politics at the New School for Social Research. Her dissertation explores street dog displacements, spaces of confinement and killings in Istanbul. 

MINE YILDIRIM is a doctoral candidate in Politics at the New School for Social Research. Before coming to the New School, she received a Master of Arts degree in Political Theory from Bogazici University, Istanbul. 

Mine's current research explores forcibly displaced street dogs' movements between transcarceral spaces of urban marginality in Istanbul as living, symbolic and material agents that move through different states of care and violence, order and disorder, urban change and decay. By exploring the locations, layout, design, porosity and permeability of Street Animal Detention and Rehabilitation Centers in Istanbul as spaces of nonhuman incarceration, her research investigates how the making of transcarceral spaces effect dogs as well as their relations to human communities; to investigate mobile and illicit forms, practices and mechanisms of incarceration, discipline and isolation of human and dog bodies on transcarceral spaces. Her dissertation aims to understand the effects of carcerality on the material production of space, and to develop more inclusive spatial design practices that would facilitate dogs’ undisciplined mobility in Istanbul.