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Didem Derya Özdemir Kaya


Didem received her bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations and her master’s degree in sociology from Bogazici University. She worked as a social researcher for Mor Cati Women’s Shelter Foundation, an English-Turkish translator for two different websites, and a member of the editorial board for Bogazici Journal.


Didem Derya Özdemir, ‘“The Show” in the restaurant: affective economy and staging gender in the culinary sector’, Paper presented to the July 5th 2013 EGOS Colloquium, Montréal, Canada.

Didem Derya Özdemir et al., Adaletin Cinsiyeti: Erkek Şiddeti ile Mücadelede Hukuki Deneyimler [Gender of Justice: Experiences with the Judicial System in the Struggle Against Male Violence], Mor Çatı Kadın Sığınağı Vakfı: Istanbul, 2014.

Didem Derya Özdemir Kaya, Erol Saglam, ‘Organizing For Peace: Towards A Psychoanalytic Reflexivity In Organizational Research’, Paper presented to the July 4th 2015 EGOS Colloquium, Athens, Greece.

Research topic

Didem’s research is focused on affective labour of fine-dining chefs in Istanbul, Turkey. Recent theories on work attracted her attention to two phenomena that reshaped organisations and macro-level relations of production: first, pleasurable experiences and affects are becoming central to production across organisations, sectors, and socio-political contexts; second, there is a tendency to establish work as the main pillar of one’s identity by turning it into the primary object of love, enjoyment and affective investment. The recent transformation in the fine-dining sector in Istanbul is illustrative of how production of affect and affective investment in one’s job are intermingled in the psychic life of work, which is organized around narratives of love. By carrying out an ethnographic research on ‘love for work’ in the fine-dining context, Didem tries to understand affectivity of contemporary forms of labour. Her research benefits from the affective labour debate, the post-Fordist theory, psychosocial studies, and Lacanian and Spinozist (organisational) theories of affect.


Marianna Fotaki and Nick Llewellyn