Voice and Silence in Collective Memory and Personal Relationship: A Cultural Psychology Analysis
This presentation focuses on a cultural psychology analysis of voice and silence in collective memory and personal relationship. I will examine three manifestations of silence (e.g. silence in collective memory, silence in a personal relationship, and silence in mainstream accounts of psychological science and global feminisms). Drawing upon theoretical perspectives in cultural psychology and decolonial feminisms and a body of empirical work across diverse sociocultural settings, I will consider possibilities for more inclusive, relational, sustainable, and human(e) ways of being that incorporate marginalized voices.
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Tuğçe Kurtiş is a Berlin-based sociocultural psychologist and musician. She is a Research Associate at the University of Kansas where she completed her PhD in Social Psychology and a graduate certificate in African Studies. Previously she worked as an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia. Drawing upon perspectives in cultural, feminist, and critical psychologies, her research explores the sociocultural foundations of subjectivity and relationality through joint processes of voice and silence. Tuğçe Kurtiş has published over twenty-five peer-reviewed papers and presented her research at more than seventy international conferences around the world. Her main objective as a sociocultural psychologist is to use theory, pedagogy, and practice as resources for decolonizing knowledge production and articulating models that promote global social justice.
In addition to her academic work, Tuğçe Kurtiş is a prominent female figure in electronic world music. She has collaborated as a singer, songwriter, and co-producer with Paraguayan musician & producer Santi on six albums and numerous singles. To this date, she has performed in major festivals and concert venues in 18 countries as part of the music duo Santi & Tuğçe. Since 2016, Tuğçe Kurtiş has produced podcasts and played DJ sets for numerous radio shows, record labels and live events. As the founder and creative director of the Kybele project, she develops opportunities for greater collaboration and broader inclusion of artists from around the world. Similar to her academic interests, her musical work involves an emphasis on inclusiveness and a plurality of voices and influences across time and space.