March 2018 DEI Spotlight
Name: Emine Seda Kayim
Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers
Taubman College Affiliation/Title (student/staff/faculty/alum): PhD Candidate
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Architecture; Master of Science in History and Theory of Architecture; PhD Architecture Candidate
Home Country: Turkey
Language(s) Spoken: Turkish, English, German
Gender Identity: Woman
Racial Identity: Multiracial
Favorite food: Lahmacun (Turkish flatbread with minced meat)
What are other identities that you would like to share? Middle Eastern, Lower-Middle Class, First in family to get higher education
Favorite book/author and why: Beatriz Colomina’s Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media is a very important scholarly work to me for it deeply inspired me back when I was doing my Master’s and marked the initiating moment for my media-theoretical research.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Hunting old records (and running home to listen to them), and catching shows at Ann Arbor’s surprisingly diverse music venues.
Why diversity, equity, and inclusion is important to you? In order to deconstruct and continually reproduce our discourses, practices and identities we need (or need to recognize) multiplicity instead of singularity or dichotomies, and critically understand both differences and sameness. It is with only diversity, equity and inclusion that we can continue producing knowledge--knowledge of ourselves and the world--and hence persist in transforming ourselves and our world.
I am serving as the president of the doctoral studies oriented Planning and Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) for Fall 2017 & Winter 2018. My colleagues and I at P+ARG are striving to bring in academics and graduate students from all identities, backgrounds and communities to Taubman College.
I am personally devoted to contributing to the inclusion and visibility of women architects and scholars, especially of women academics from the Middle East, within the field.