Gökçe Günel


University of Arizona
School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Tucson, AZ 85719
ggunel@gmail.com


Gökçe Günel is an Assistant Professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. She finished her PhD in Anthropology at Cornell University in 2012. Her current book manuscript, titled Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi, under contract with Duke University Press, focuses on the construction of renewable energy and clean technology infrastructures in the United Arab Emirates, more specifically concentrating on the Masdar City project. Following her doctoral work, she was a Cultures of Energy Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University and an ACLS New Faculty Fellow and Lecturer at Columbia University. Her articles are published in Ephemera, Anthropology News, Public Culture, Anthropological Quarterly, The Yearbook of Comparative Literature, The ARPA Journal, Avery Review, The Fibreculture Journal, and PoLAR.


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Book

Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi, forthcoming, 2019, Duke University Press


Selected Articles

“A Dark Art: Field Notes on Carbon Capture and Storage Negotiations at COP 17, Durban,” 2017, Reprint in Energy Humanities: An Anthology, edited by Dominic Boyer and Imre Szeman, Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 261-269

"Demoing unto Death: Smart Cities, Environment, and “Preemptive Hope”” co-authored with Orit Halpern, 2017, The Fibreculture Journal

“An ‘Expensive Toy’,” 2016, Limn, Issue No. 7 Public Infrastructures/ Infrastructural Publics

“What is Carbon Dioxide? When is Carbon Dioxide?,” 2016, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Special Issue on “Climate Transformations” vol. 39, no 1, 33–45

“The Infinity of Water: Climate Change Adaptation in the Arabian Peninsula,” 2016, Public Culture, Special Issue on “Climate Change and the Future of Cities,” vol. 28, no. 2 79: 291–315

“Inhabiting the Spaceship: The Connected Isolation of Masdar City,” 2016, Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, edited by James Graham, Lars Müller Publishers, p. 361-372

“The Soul of Carbon Dioxide,” 2014, The Yearbook of Comparative Literature, Special Issue on “Protocols for A New Nature”

“Another Nature: A Brief Note on the New York Subway,” 2014, The Yearbook of Comparative Literature, Special Issue on “Protocols for A New Nature”

“Ergos: A New Energy Currency,” 2014, Anthropological Quarterly, Special Issue on “Energopower and Biopower in Transition” vol. 87, no. 2, p. 359-380

“Masdar City’s Hidden Brain: When Monitoring and Modification Collide,” 2014, The ARPA Journal, Applied Research Practices in Architecture, Inaugural Issue on “Test Subjects”

“A Dark Art: Field Notes on Carbon Capture and Storage Negotiations at COP 17, Durban,” 2012, Ephemera, Special Issue on “The Atmosphere Business” vol. 12, 1: 33-41

“A Flying Man, a Scuttled Ship, and a Time-Keeping Device: Reflections on Ibn Battuta Mall,” 2011, Public Culture vol. 23, 3: 541-551

“Spaceship in the Desert: Conceptions of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City,” 2011, Anthropology News vol. 52, 10: 3-4


Other Writing

“Powerships.” Our Lives with Electric Things, Cultural Anthropology website December 19, 2017.

“Electric.” Speaking Volumes, Cultural Anthropology website October 24, 2017.

“Business.” Lexicon for an Anthropocene Yet Unseen, Cultural Anthropology website June 28, 2017.

Podcasts and Interviews

Cultures of Energy Podcast, Jul 13, 2017. Interview with Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe.

“Electric Potentials: An Interview with Gökçe Günel,” November 24, 2015. Dialogues, Cultural Anthropology website.

Selected Talks

“Infrastructure and Materiality: Carbon,” October 2017, Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities, Princeton University

“Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi,” February 2017, Department of History & Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Rutgers University

“Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Green Business in the UAE,” November 2016, Science and Technology Studies (STS) Circle, Harvard University, Cambridge

“Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Green Business in the UAE,” March 2016, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson

“Subsurface Workings: The Production of Climate Change Policy in the UAE,” March 2016, Middle East and North Africa Committee, Oberlin College

“Knowledge as Resource: On Abu Dhabi's Masdar Institute,” November 2015, Science Studies Seminar, New York University, New York

“Building Large Scale Projects in the Arab Gulf,” November 2015, Harvard Arab Weekend, Harvard University, Cambridge

“Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Green Business in Abu Dhabi,” June 2015, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway

“An Economy of Technical Adjustments: The PRT Infrastructure of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City,” March 2015, Monday Seminar, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, Chicago

“Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Green Business in the UAE,” February 2015, Climate Change Series, New York Academy of Science, New York

“An Economy of Technical Adjustments: The PRT Infrastructure of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City,” February 2015, Department of Anthropology, Haverford College, Haverford

“Permanent Utopia: The PRT Infrastructure of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar,” January 2015, Franz Boas Workshop, Columbia University, New York

“The “Not Environmentalism” of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar,” November 2014, Ecology and Culture University Seminar, Columbia University, New York

“Constructive Ambiguity: The Global Horizons of Abu Dhabi’s Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Projects,” March 2014, Sociology Talks, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

“Learning from Masdar City: The Global Horizons of Abu Dhabi’s Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Projects,” March 2014, Arab Crossroads Program Lecture Series, NYU-Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

“Iconic Infrastructures of Energy: An Introduction to Abu Dhabi’s Masdar,” November 2013, Ethnography and Social Theory (EST) Colloquium, Yale University, New Haven

“Everyday We’re Chapulling: The Aesthetics of Political Critique in the Gezi Park Resistance Movement,” June 2013, What's going on in Turkey, Rice University, Houston

“Social Studies of Carbon Capture and Storage,” March 2013, Durham Energy Institute, Durham University, Durham, UK

“An Expensive Toy: Experiments in Transportation at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City,” March 2013, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

“The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) System at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City,” February 2013, Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin

“Defining Failure: The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) System at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City,” January 2013, Cultural Studies Seminar, Sabancı University, Istanbul

“Ethnographic Explorations on the Production of Climate Change Policy in the United Arab Emirates,” December 2012, Social Science Seminar Series, Koç University, Istanbul

“The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) System at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City,” December 2012, Rice University Anthropology Speaker Series, Rice University, Houston

“Subsurface is (not) a Black Box,” April 2012, Rice University Anthropology Speaker Series, Rice University, Houston

“Ergos: A New Energy Currency,” March 2012, Bovay Seminar Series in Engineering Ethics, Cornell University, Ithaca

“Overview of Masdar City,” March 2012, Climate Change, Critical Thought, Design: A Forum, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, Ithaca