Mapping as Performance An Alternative to Authoritative Representations of Istanbul

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Şenel S. A.

i Quaderni, vol.1, pp.85-94, 2013 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: i Quaderni
  • Page Numbers: pp.85-94
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The article claims mapping as a performative practice, which provides an alternative to authoritative representations of Istanbul; those depict the city

as a singular fixed entity. Performativeness, as defined and used by feminist and poststructuralist theories, suggests approaching place as a notion which

is open, dynamic, and multiple. Here, I will give examples of performative mapping, which were carried on with students in the last year and a half at

my elective course named Topographical Practices. I will argue that three different exercises that were carried on in the course perform place and provide

alternative multiple knowledges of Istanbul by different methods, such as critical embodiment, appropriation, and “participatoriness”.