Queer space as an alternative to the counter-spaces in Ankara

Yoltay, Ece
This is to develop a critical understanding for ‘counter-formation’ to power through the psychogeographic mapping of “counter-spaces” in Ankara. It is explored that these spaces, as the territories of the other or dissident subjects for resisting, socializing, and organizing, paradoxically create their own otherness and the hegemonic relations in the stable and invariable spatial ambiances, practices, experiences or borders. The main argument of the study, therefore, is based on the subversion overall dialectical reversal of ‘counter’ formation within space production as it is believed that they are forced to be converted into ghettos with these anomalies. In order to disclose such reversal within the morphogenesis process of the counter-spaces, the theoretical framework of this study primarily relies on the contemporary critical theory, Queer Theory. In this respect, the thesis attempts to construct an alternative spatial formation, which is independent from power relations, by re-conceptualizing the notion of Queer Space, against its problematic uses in the literature. This study claims that this renewed spatial approach to power has a potential to undermine solid and fixed epistemo-ontological grounds of the counter-spaces, as the underlying reason of their conversion to ghettos.