Professor Anna Secor
I am a feminist cultural and political geographer. I received my PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2000. Over the past two decades, my work has contributed to feminist political geography, cultural geography, urban geography, Turkish studies, geographies of religion, and spatial theory.
I am currently pursuing scholarship in four areas: 1) The role of religion and sectarian difference in public life in Turkey (in collaboration with Banu Gökarıksel); 2) The geopolitics of trauma and the resettlement of Iraqi refugees in the US (in collaboration with Patricia Ehrkamp and Jenna Loyd); 3) Topological space, difference and politics, especially engaging the spatial thinking of Lacan and Deleuze (including various collaborations with Lauren Martin, Virginia Blum, Dan Cockayne and Derek Ruez); and 4) Creative geographies (including various collaborations with Paul Kingsbury, Jess Linz and Robby Hardesty).
The strands of my work converge on questions of difference, politics, and space. I ask: What is ‘difference,’ how does it emerge, how does it become political, and what is at stake in this process? What are the embodied, affective, and topological dimensions of the (geo)political? How can we rethink core geographical concepts such that they become tools for a feminist and decolonial politics? How might geographical thought and research practice unleash new political potentialities? These questions animate my ongoing reading, teaching, writing and experimentation in geography.
Since 2016, I have served as an editor of the Sage journal of cultural geographies.
- Political Geography
- Cultural Geography
- Social Theory
- Middle East
- Trauma Literature and Trauma Studies
- Creative Geographies
- Cockayne, Daniel G., Ruez, Derek & Secor, Anna J. Thinking space differently: Deleuze's Möbius topology for a theorisation of the encounter. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2019.
- Hardesty, Robby, Linz, Jess & Secor, Anna J. Walter Benja-Memes. GeoHumanities. 2019;1.
- Loyd, Jenna M., Ehrkamp, Patricia & Secor, Anna J. A geopolitics of trauma: Refugee administration and protracted uncertainty in Turkey. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2018;43:377-389.
- Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna J Affective geopolitics: Anxiety, pain, and ethics in the encounter with Syrian refugees in Turkey. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 2018;239965441881425.
- Secor, Anna & Linz, Jess Becoming minor. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2017;35:568.
- Cockayne, Daniel G., Ruez, Derek & Secor, Anna Between ontology and representation. Progress in Human Geography. 2017;41:580.
- Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna J. Devout Muslim masculinities: the moral geographies and everyday practices of being men in Turkey. Gender, Place & Culture. 2017;24:381.
- Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna The post-Islamist problematic: questions of religion and difference in everyday life. Social & Cultural Geography. 2017;18:645.
- Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna Post-secular geographies and the problem of pluralism: Religion and everyday life in Istanbul, Turkey. Political Geography. 2015;46:21.
- Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna The Veil, Desire, and the Gaze: Turning the Inside Out. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 2014;40:177.
- Martin, Lauren & Secor, Anna J. Towards a post-mathematical topology. Progress in Human Geography. 2014;38:420-438.
- Secor, Anna 2012 Urban Geography Plenary Lecture Topological City. Urban Geography. 2013;34:430.
- Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna “Even I Was Tempted” The Moral Ambivalence and Ethical Practice of Veiling-Fashion in Turkey. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 2012;102:847.
- Roberts, Sue, Secor, Anna & Zook, Matthew Critical Infrastructure: Mapping the Leaky Plumbing of US Hegemony. Antipode. 2011;44:5.
- Blum, Virginia & Secor, Anna Psychotopologies: Closing the Circuit between Psychic and Material Space. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2011;29:1030.
- Secor, Anna Turkey's Democracy: A Model for the Troubled Middle East?. Eurasian Geography and Economics. 2011;52:157.
- Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna Between Fashion andTesettür. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. 2010;6:118.
- Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna Islamic-ness in the life of a commodity: veiling-fashion in Turkey. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2010;35:313.
- Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna J New transnational geographies of Islamism, capitalism and subjectivity: the veiling-fashion industry in Turkey. Area. 2009;41:6.
- Belcher, O, Martin, L, Secor, A, Simon, S & Wilson, T "Everywhere and Nowhere: The Exception and the Topological Challenge to Geography". Antipode. 2008;40:499-503.
- Secor, Anna J Žižek's Dialectics of Difference and the Problem of Space. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. 2008;40:2623.
- Secor, Anna J Between Longing and Despair: State, Space, and Subjectivity in Turkey. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2007;25:33.
- Secor, Anna Review essay: Territory, enmity, and American globalism. Review of International Political Economy. 2007;14:535.
- Secor, Anna J. & O'Loughlin, John Social and political trust in Istanbul and Moscow: A comparative analysis of individual and neighbourhood effects. Transactions of the Institute for British Geographers,. 2005;30:66-82.
- Secor, Anna “There Is an Istanbul That Belongs to Me” Citizenship, Space, and Identity in the City. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 2004;94:352.
- Secor, Anna J Belaboring Gender: The Spatial Practice of Work and the Politics of ‘Making Do’ in Istanbul. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. 2003;35:2209.
- Secor, Anna J. Citizenship in the City: Identity, Community, and Rights Among Women Migrants to Istanbul. Urban Geography. 2003;24:147.
- Roberts, Susan, Secor, Anna & Sparke, Matthew Neoliberal Geopolitics. Antipode. 2003;35:886.
- Secor, Anna J. The Veil and Urban Space in Istanbul: Women's dress, mobility and Islamic knowledge. Gender, Place & Culture. 2002;9:5.
- Secor, A.J. Ideologies in crisis: political cleavages and electoral politics in Turkey in the 1990s. Political Geography. 2001;20:539.
- Secor, Anna Islamist politics: Antisystemic or post‐modern movements?. Geopolitics. 2001;6:117.
- Secor, Anna J. Toward a Feminist Counter-geopolitics: Gender, Space and Islamist Politics in Istanbul. Space and Polity. 2001;5:191.
- Secor, A.J. Gender, Orientalism and Class in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters: To Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters &c. Ecumene. 1999;6:375-398.
- Agne, J., Mamadouh, V. Secor, A.J. & Sharp, J The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Geography. John Wiley & Sons; 2015.
Chapter in book
- Ehrkamp, P., Loyd, J. & Secor, A.J. Embodiment and Memory in the Geopolitics of Trauma. In: Fluri J, Mitchell K & Jones R Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration. Edward Elgar Press; 2019:117-129.
- Secor, Anna J. I love death: War in Syria and the Anxiety of the Other. In: Kapoor, I. Psychoanalysis and the GlObal. Nebraska University Press; 2018:97-115.
- Gökarıksel, B & Secor, AJ What Makes a Commodity Islamic? The Case of Veiling Fashion in Turkey. In: Jafari, A & Sandıkcı, Ö Islam, Marketing, and Consumption: Critical Perspectives on the Intersections. Routledge; 2015:123-138.
- Blum, V. & Secor, A.J. Mapping trauma: topography to topology. In: Pile, S. & Kingsbury, P Psychoanalytic Geographies. Ashgate; 2014:103-116.
- Gökarıksel, B & Secor, AJ Transnational networks of veiling-fashion between Turkey and Western Europe. In: Tarlo, E. & Moors, A. Islamic Fashion and Anti-Fashion. Bloomsbury Academic; 2013:157-167.
- Gökarıksel, B & Secor, AJ ‘You can't know how they are inside’ The ambivalence of veiling and discourses of the other in Turkey. In: Kong, L, Hopkins, P & Olson, B Religion and Place: Landscape, Politics, and Piety. Springer; 2012:95-114.
- Secor, Anna J. An unrecognizable condition has arrived: Law, violence, and the state of exception. In: Gregory, D & Pred, A Violent Geographies: Fear, Terror, and Political Violence. Routledge; 2006:37-53.
- Falah, G. & Nagel, C. Islamism, democracy and the political production of the headscarf issue in Turkey. In: Geographies of Muslim Women: Gender, Religion and Space. Guilford; 2005:203-225.
- Secor, Anna J Discourses of globalization and Islamist politics: Beyond global-local. In: O’Loughlin, J Staeheli, L & Greenberg, E Globalization and its Outcomes. Guilford; 2004:279-295.
- Secor, Anna J. Feminizing electoral geography. In: Staeheli, LA, Kofman, E & Peake, L Mapping Women, Making Politics. Routledge; 2004:261-272.