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Ece Canli is a design researcher and artist, born and raised in Turkey and based in Portugal. She holds a Ph.D. in Design at the University of Porto (Portugal) and an MFA in Experience Design at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design (Sweden). Her tools of investigation include texts, voice, sound, and artifacts. Her academic work sits at the intersection of decolonial queer feminist epistemologies, material regimes, and body politics; more specifically, socio-spatio-material constitutions of gender, sexuality, race, and other identity categories. She is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed research collective Decolonising Design Group and currently a researcher in CECS (Communication and Society Research Centre) at University of Minho, awarded by the Scientific Employment Stimulus (2nd edition) of FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia), where she investigates the conditions and implications of queer incarceration from the viewpoint of materiality – design, architecture, and emergent technologies in particular.
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Ece CANLI

Citation names

  • CANLI, Ece

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
8F13-FC15-ADA7
ORCID iD
0000-0002-4827-0857

Email addresses

  • cin@ececanli.com (Professional)

Telephones

Mobile phone
  • 936839757 (Personal)

Addresses

  • Universidade do Minho, Instituto de Ciências Sociais Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade , 4710-057, Gualtar, Braga, Portugal (Professional)

Websites

  • www.ececanli.com (Personal)

Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - Arts

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Turkish (Mother tongue)
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Spanish; Castilian Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1)
Swedish Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1)
Education
Degree Classification
2013/10/03 - 2017/09/15
Concluded
Design (Doutoramento)
Universidade do Porto, Portugal
"Queerying Design: Material Re-configurations of Body Politics" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Distinction
2010 - 2012
Concluded
Experience Design/Interdisciplinary Studies (Master)
Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Sweden
"Academy of Silence/Silence of Academy: Design as a Tool, Design as a Political Practice" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Pass
2005 - 2010
Concluded
Industrial Product Design (Bachelor)
Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Turkey
Summa cum laude
Affiliation

Teaching in Higher Education

2019/09 - 2020/08 Assistant Professor (University Teacher)
Universidade Lusíada Porto, Portugal
2019/09 - 2020/08 Assistant Professor (University Teacher)
Universidade Lusíada de Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal

Positions / Appointments

2020/10 - Current Researcher
Universidade do Minho Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade, Portugal
2019/09 - 2020/08 Researcher
O CITAD – (Centro de Investigação em Território, Arquitetura e Design), Portugal

Others

2018/02/28 - Current Collaborating Researcher
Instituto de Investigação em Design Media e Cultura, Portugal
2013/10/03 - 2017/09/15 Doctoral Researcher
Instituto de Investigação em Design Media e Cultura, Portugal
2016/11/11 - 2017/01/17 Visiting Doctoral Researcher
EMPIRICA Research Group, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland
Projects

Grant

Designation Funders
2015 - 2017/12 Queerying Design: Material Re-configuration of Body Politics
PD/BD/105808/2014
PhD Student Fellow
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Belas Artes, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
2013 - 2014/12 Queerying Design: Material Re-configurations of Body Politics
PD/BI/52388/2013
PhD Student Fellow
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Belas Artes, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)

Contract

Designation Funders
2020 - Current Prison Heterocisnormative Complex: Spatio-material Politics of Queer Incarceration
CEECIND/ 04229/2018
Researcher
Universidade do Minho Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
Outputs

Publications

Book chapter
  1. CANLI, Ece. "Design’s Performative Agency: Thoughts on New Directions for Materiality, Ontology, and Identity-Making". In Critical Histories of Comparative Law, edited by John Potvin; Marie-Ève Marchand, 287-299. New York and London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury, 2020.
    Published
  2. CANLI, Ece. "Prison Heterocissexual Complex: Sociospatial Politics of Queer Incarceration and the Case of Turkey". In The SAGE Handbook of Global Sexualities, edited by Ana Cristina Santos; Chiara Bertone ; Ryan Thoreson ; Saskia Wieringa, 313-333. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2020.
    Published
  3. CANLI, Ece; PRADO DE O. MARTINS, Luiza. "Design and Intersectionality: Material Production of Gender, Race, Class – and Beyond". In Sense & Sensibility, edited by Ellens, Pernilla, 175-181. Eindhoven, Netherlands: Onomatopee, 2018.
    Published
  4. CANLI, Ece; ABDULLA, Danah; Prado de O. Martins, Luiza; SCHULTZ, Tristan. "Decolonising Design Education: Ontologies, Strategies, Urgencies". In Extra-Curricular, edited by Jacob Lindgren, 76-91. Eindhoven, Netherlands: Onomatopee, 2018.
    Published
  5. CANLI, Ece; VIEIRA DE OLIVEIRA, Pedro J.S.; KIEM, Matthew; KESHAVARZ, Mahmoud; ABDULLA, Danah; ANSARI, Ahmed. "Design Activism: A Conversation by The Decolonising Design Group". In Modes of Criticism 3: Design and Democracy, edited by Francisco Laranjo, 55-65. Eindhoven, Netherlands: Onomatopee, 2017.
    Published
  6. CANLI, Ece. "Design History, Interrupted: A Queer-Feminist Perspective". In The Responsible Object: A History of Design Ideology for the Future, edited by Marjanne van Helvert, 187-207. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Valiz, 2016.
    Published
Book review
  1. CANLI, Ece. "Queer Style - Book Review". Review of Queer Style 31, 1 (2015): 171-174.
    Published
Conference paper
  1. CANLI, Ece. "Fairly and Queerly: Deconstruction as a Method in Design". Paper presented in Fair Design: Design Theory and Criticism Conference, Warsaw, 2017.
    Published
  2. CANLI, Ece. "A-binary Imagination: Towards a Material-Discursive Deconstruction in Design". Paper presented in Gender & Design Colloquium, Paris, 2015.
  3. CANLI, Ece. "Queering Design: A Theoretical View on Design and Gender Performativity". 2015.
  4. CANLI, Ece. "From Surrendering to Representing: Expression of Harassment via Collective Design Process". 2015.
  5. CANLI, Ece. "[Non]Gendered Desires: Queer Possibilities in Design". Paper presented in DESIGNA2014, Covilhã, 2014.
    Published
  6. CANLI, Ece; Usakierali, Ceylan. "Resistance Against Displacement: Adaptation to City with Culturally 'Designed' Products". Paper presented in ragile Student Conference at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels, 2011.
  7. CANLI, Ece; USAKIERALI, Ceylan. "Raw, Cooked and Burnt: A Sustainable Experiment in Igneada". Paper presented in LeNS, Sustainability in Design: Now! Conference, Bangalore, 2010.
    Published
Edited book
  1. CANLI, Ece. The Proceedings of UD’15: 4th PhD in Design Research Forum. Porto, Portugal: University of Porto. 2015.
    Published
Journal article
  1. CANLI, Ece; ABDULLA, Danah; ANSARI, Ahmed; KESHAVARZ, Mahmoud; KIEM, Matthew; PRADO DE O. MARTINS, Luiza; SCHULTZ, Tristan; VIEIRA DE OLIVEIRA, Pedro J.S.. "A Manifesto for Decolonising Design". Journal of Future Studies 23 3 (2019): 129-132.
    Published
  2. CANLI, Ece. "Binary by Design: Unfolding Corporeal Segregation at the Intersection of Gender, Identity and Materiality". The Design Journal: An International Journal for All Aspects of Design 21 5 (2018): 651-669.
    Published • 10.1080/14606925.2018.1491716
  3. CANLI, Ece; KESHAVARZ, Mahmoud; ANSARI, Ahmed; PRADO DE O. MARTINS, Luiza; VIEIRA DE OLIVEIRA, Pedro J.S.; KIEM, Matthew; SCHULTZ, Tristan; ABDULLA, Danah. "What Is at Stake with Decolonizing Design? A Roundtable". Design and Culture 10 1 (2018): 81-101.
    Published • 10.1080/17547075.2018.1434368
  4. CANLI, Ece. "Silence of Academy: Expressing Harassment through Collective Design Process". METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture 33 2 (2016): 227-245.
    Published • 10.4305/METU.JFA.2016.2.10
  5. CANLI, Ece; UMUL, Fatma. "Bodies on the Streets: Gender Resistance and Collectivity in Gezi Revolts". Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements 7 1 (2015): 19-39.
    Published
Journal issue
  1. CANLI, Ece; VIEIRA DE OLIVEIRA, Pedro J.S.; ABDULLA, Danah; PRADO DE O. MARTINS, Luiza; SCHULTZ, Tristan; KESHAVARZ, Mahmoud; ANSARI, Ahmed; KIEM, Matthew. "Decolonising Design (Editor's Introduction)". The Journal of the Design Studies Forum (2018):
    10.1080/17547075.2018.1434367
Newspaper article
  1. CANLI, Ece. "The Dorm of Gender, Gender of the Dorm", Bianet Communication Network (Online Newspaper), 2011
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. CANLI, Ece. "Queerying Design: Material Re-configurations of Body Politics". PhD, Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Belas Artes, 2017.
  2. CANLI, Ece. "Academy of Silence/Silence of Academy: Design as a Medium, Design as a Political Practice". Master, Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and Design, 2012.
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2020/10/29 Haunting as a Counterhegemonic Design Research and a Counterfactual Artistic Practice The Vantage Body
Social Practices — Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
2020/10/16 Monsterising the Master's Tools: Design as (b)othering Graphic Design Lecture Series
Yale School of Art ( (New Haven, United States)
2020/02/21 Master's Tools vs. Monster's Tools: Reflections and Strategies on Designing as (b)othering Glossary of Undisciplined Design Symposium
GfZK / Museum for Contemporary Art Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany)
2019/11/13 On Dead Center of Queerness, Decoloniality and Materiality Warehouse Talks [Conversas no Armazém]
Armazém Cowork (Porto, Portugal)
2019/09/27 Decolonising Design Real World: Design, Politics, Future: Papanek Symposium
Porto Design Biennale (Porto, Portugal)
2019/09/27 Design Politics of Bodies: Tackling the Coloniality of Bodies and Borders Papanek Symposium 2019, 'Real World: Design, Politics, Future’
Porto Design Biennale at Palácio de Cristal (Porto, Portugal)
2019/06/26 Designing in Queer Times: Material Politics of Coloniality, Identity and Power. Hacking as a Social Practice
HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design (Frankfurt, Germany)
2018/10/26 Arte, design e comunidade: há cultura sem política? E o futuro? Ensinar arte e design na sociedade do instantâneo Colloquium
University of Lisbon, Faculty of Fine Arts (Lisbon, Portugal)
2018/10/25 Design Research, Performance Art and Gender Multimedia class on methodologies
University of Porto, Faculty of Fine Arts (Porto, Portugal)
2018/05/28 Colonised Bodies, Imperial Feminism, Material Practices A Topography of Excesses
IASPIS (Swedish Arts Grants Committee) (Stockholm, Sweden)
2018/03/08 Decolonising Design in Building Platforms Beyond Change Conference
Swiss Design Network (SDN) in FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel (Basel, Switzerland)
2018/03/04 Blood Will not Tell: Menstrual Design, Humanitarianism, Imperial Feminism Festival Feminista do Porto
Gato Vadio (Porto, Portugal)
2017/04/20 Body Politics by Design Small Talks Series
University of Porto, Faculty of Fine Arts (Porto, Portugal)
2016/11/14 Design and Intersectionality: Material Production of Gender, Race, Class – and Beyond Intersectional Perspectives on Design, Politics and Power Symposium
School of Arts and Communication (K3), Malmö University (Malmö, Sweden)
2015/11/19 A-binary Imagination: Towards a Material-Discursive Deconstruction in Design Gender & Design Colloquium
Design en Recherche - Telecom ParisTech (Paris, France)
2015/09/23 Fairly and Queerly: Deconstruction as a Method in Design Fair Design: Design Theory and Criticism Conference
Academy of Fine Arts of Warsaw (Warsaw, Poland)
2015/08/20 Queer Language of Artefacts The Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics
IPAK.Centar (Belgrade, Serbia)
2015/01/08 Gendered VS. Queered Design: New Possibilities in Material Culture Today’s Talk Forum
Swedish Consulate of Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey)
2014/11/29 Queering Design: A Theoretical View on Design and Gender Performativity. UD14 - 1o Encontro Ibérico de Doutoramentos em Design
University of Porto, Faculty of Fine Arts (Porto, Portugal)
2014/11/21 [Non]Gendered Desires: Queer Possibilities in Design DESIGNA2014 Conference
Universidade da Beira Interior (Covilhã, Portugal)
2013/05/09 From Surrendering to Representing: Expression of Harassment via Collective Design Process 5T: Gender Perspective in Design Conference
Yasar University (Istanbul, Turkey)
2011/04/06 Resistance Against Displacement: Adaptation to City with Culturally 'Designed' Products Fragile Student Conference
Sint-Lucas School of Architecture (Brussels, Belgium)
2010/10/01 Raw, Cooked and Burnt: A Sustainable Experiment in Igneada LeNS, Sustainability in Design: Now! Conference
Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (Bangalore, India)

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2015 - 2016 Intersectional Perspectives on Design, Politics and Power Symposium, organised by Decolonising Design Group; co-reviewing the papers and co-editing the proceedings. (2016/11/14 - 2016/11/15)
Symposium (Co-organisor)
Decolonising Design Group, Sweden

School of Arts and Communication (K3), Malmö University, Sweden
2014/10 - 2015/10 UD15 – 4th International PhD in Design Research Forum; co-reviewing the papers and co-editing the proceedings. (2015/10/19 - 2015/10/20)
Conference (Co-organisor)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Belas Artes, Portugal
2009/05 - 2009/10 Organising the 3rd National Forum of Industrial Design Students, extensive forum as a part of 4th National Design Conference held in Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey, October 2009, as the chairperson and main coordinator of the event (2009/10 - 2009/10)
Seminar (President of the Organising Committee)
Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Turkey

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2015/08/16 - 2015/08/23 Participation and presentation at The Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics The Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics
Research Center for Cultures, Politics and Identities (IPAK.Center),, Serbia
2015/07/07 - 2015/07/09 Participation at — specialised on gender and sexuality studies, semantics and politics of visual representation Escola de Verão em Género e Sexualidades (Summer School on Gender and Sexualities)
Associação Portuguesa de Ciências da Comunicação (SOPCOM), Portugal

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2018 - Current Instituto de Investigação em Design, Media e Cultura (ID+) Researcher
2016/11 - 2017/01 EMPIRICA Research Group at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture Researcher
2013 - 2017 Instituto de Investigação em Design, Media e Cultura (ID+) Doctoral Research Fellow

Conference scientific committee

Conference name Conference host
2019/02 - Current Academy for Design Innovation Management 2019 Conference Loughborough University, London
2019/01 - Current DRS Learn X Design 2019 - Fifth International Conference for Design Education Researchers METU (Middle East Technical University)
2020/03 - 2020/03 Design as Common Good Conference – (Framing Design through Pluralism and Social Values) Swiss Design Network

Consulting

Activity description Institution / Organization
2018 - 2019 Project mentoring and consultancy for the long-term design and innovation contest within Gender Equality Program
2017/11 - 2018/08 9-month Gender Equality program run by IMECE - Social Innovation Platform (Turkey, 2017-2018) – mentoring the working groups whose focus was particularly on design innovation based on gender equality. IMECE Social Innovation Platform, Turkey

Journal scientific committee

Journal title (ISSN) Publisher
2020/12 - 2020/12 The Design Journal (1756-3062) Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
2020/03 - 2020/03 Design and Culture (1754-7083) Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)

Mentoring / Tutoring

Topic Student name
2016 - 2017 Trans - Hackear o Género. (Trans - Hacking the Gender) Renata Silveira
Distinctions

Other distinction

2018 Honorary Distinction for Doctoral Dissertation
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Belas Artes, Portugal
2014 Doctoral Research Grant (BD)
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
2013 Doctoral Research Grant (BI)
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
2010 Summa Cumme Laude – Honorary Graduation Distinction
Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Turkey