Başak Ağın is Associate Professor of English Literature and lecturer of English at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. She is the founding editor of PENTACLE, the first Turkish website dedicated to posthumanities and environmental humanities. Her research interests include the new materialist threads in posthuman theory, the intersections of ecofeminism and material ecocriticism, and eco-media.(Find more information on Pentacle’s social media: Instagram and Twitter )
Having earned her Ph.D. in British Cultural Studies from the Department of English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University in 2015, with her dissertation entitled “Posthuman Ecologies in Twenty-First Century Short Animations”, Dr. Ağın has worked extensively on the theoretical aspects of posthumanism and environmental humanities. In this array, she has authored many scholarly articles, some of which were published in journals like [email protected]: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, Relations: Beyond Anthropocentrism, and CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. She has also penned chapters for international edited volumes, among which are Serpil Oppermann’s New International Voices in Ecocriticism (2015), Rayson K. Alex and Susan Deborah’s Ecodocumentaries: Critical Essays (2016), and Douglas A. Vakoch’s Ecofeminist Science Fiction: International Perspectives on Gender, Ecology, and Literature (2021). Her Turkish monograph, Posthümanizm: Kavram, Kuram, Bilim-Kurgu (Posthumanism: Concept, Theory, Science-Fiction), published in 2020, seeks to bring together the theoretical foundations of posthumanism with literary and cultural studies, with the aim of showcasing the posthumanist praxis to both general and academic audiences. A TÜBİTAK 2219 fellow (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Postdoctoral Fellowship), she is expected to join the Environmental Humanities Research Group at the University of Leeds, to work with Graham Huggan after the pandemic.
Recently, Dr. Ağın edited M. Sibel Dinçel’s Turkish translation of Simon C. Estok’s The Ecophobia Hypothesis (2018), which came out from Cappadocia University Press, under the title Ekofobi Hipotezi (2021). Currently, she is co-editing two separate volumes, Posthuman Pathogenesis: Contagion in Literature, Arts, and Media with Şafak Horzum (under review in Brill) and Ecofeminism and World Literature: African, Middle Eastern, and Asian Perspectives with Douglas A. Vakoch (work in progress). Her forthcoming bibliography work (with Şafak Horzum) will appear in Translation Review, and her article in which she expands the ecophobia/biophilia spectrum to the posthumanist discussion of bios/zoe is accepted for publication in Neohelicon. A reviewer for such journals as [email protected], Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities, and The Explicator, Dr. Ağın is a member of PhEMaterialisms, EASLCE, and MLA.