Aesthetics of Protest project

I was Principal Investigator of an AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded project ‘Aesthetics of Protest: Visual Culture and Communication in Turkey’ from 2016-2018 working with colleagues at Glasgow Caledonia University, University of Brighton and Bilgi University, Istanbul.


The project looks at protest, art, aesthetics, and social media . It examines the aesthetic elements of protest and considers the form and effects of participatory actions and dynamics in the call for change. As well as images, symbols, graffiti, forms of rhetoric, humour, and slogans, the project scrutinises the orchestration and flows of collective actions both online and in public spaces. The Gezi Park protests in Turkey of 2013 provide the context of our analysis of the nature of aesthetic action.

The project team is currently writing up the research findings. We are working on a book and numerous journal articles.

McGarry, A., Erhart, I., Eslen-Ziya, H., Jenzen, O., and Korkut, U. (eds) (2019; forthcoming) The Aesthetics of Global Protest: Visual Culture and Communication. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

McGarry, A. Jenzen, O. Eslen-Ziya, H. Erhart, I. and Korkut, U. (2019): Beyond the Iconic Protest Images: the Performance of ‘Everyday Life’ on Social Media during Gezi Park Social Movement Studies 18(3): 284-304.

Publications will be listed and linked here as they emerge.