Ilker Hepkaner is a PhD candidate on the Culture and Representation Track. He is currently finishing his dissertation “Entangled Nationalisms: Politics of Heritage and Turkish Jews in Turkey and Israel” which investigates the role of Jews of Turkey in the cultural diplomacy between Turkey and Israel. His areas of expertise are cultural representation and literature in the Middle East; digital humanities and transnational representations of the MENA cultures and identities; and nationalism, heritage, and politics of space in Turkey and Palestine/Israel.
Ilker is founding editor at “After Said at 5pm,” a free-access digital humanities platform dedicated to cultures and representations of the Middle East and North Africa. He is also a literary translator.
Ilker has designed and taught undergraduate sources such as “Hebrew Literature in Translation” and “Emergence of the Modern Middle East.” He was a teaching assistant in undergraduate courses such as “Modern Iran,” “Literature and Society in the Middle East,” “Islam in the World,” “Middle Eastern Humanities,” and “Religion of Islam.”
You can access Ilker’s academic and translation work on his academia.edu profile.