Anlam Filiz

Cohort: 2011


  • MA, Anthropology, Emory University
  • MA, Comparative Studies in History and Society, Koc University
  • BA, Sociology, Istanbul Bilgi University
  • BA, Business Administration, Istanbul Bilgi University


My research broadly investigates novel ways to better understand the effects of increasing human mobility. In my work, I bring together literatures from several fields such as interdisciplinary works on migration and Muslims in Europe, the anthropology of economy as well as feminist and other literature on affect. Based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Berlin, Germany, my dissertation analyzes the global and local processes through which Berlin’s mostly Turkish-run corner shops (spätis) became (and continue to be) key to the re-branded image of this city as a “diverse,” “laid-back” and “hip” European capital.

Advisor: Dr. Freeman