Erdem Colak is an artist and PhD student at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). He received his MA degree from University of Birmingham and BA degree from Middle East Technical University, both in the field of political science. He is mainly interested in the theoretical, practical and institutional relationships between contemporary art and politics after 1989. The title of his research thesis is Creating New Europe via Contemporary Art, in the Post-Wall Era: Examining Manifesta - European Biennial of Contemporary Art in the Context ofIntermingled Relationships between Art, Society and Politics, supervised by Prof. Christa-Maria Lerm-Hayes and Dr. Johan Hartle.
Colak, E. (2016, September 14-17). Tracing the Political Aesthetics of 68 Movement via Literature and Art Magazines that Had Been Published Between 1965 – 1975. Paper Presented at Turkologentag 2016 Second European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany.
Gulsen, E. & Colak, E. (2015, November 23-25). Soykırımla Yüzleşmede Sanatın ve Edebiyatın Hafızası: Renkler, Sesler, Kelimeler (The Memory of Art and Literature Through Facing the Genocide: Colours, Sounds, Words). Paper presented at TSBD 14. Ulusal Sosyal Bilimler Kongresi (Turkish Social Sciences Association, 14th National Conference of Social Sciences), METU, Ankara, Turkey.
Gülsen, E. & Colak, E. & Yamak, S. (2015, June 25-27). Tracing Deep Scars of 1915 in Art and Literature. Paper presented at Turkish Migration Conference 2015, Charles University Prag, Prag, Czech Republic.
Colak, E. (2014, December 11-12). Didem Madak Şiirinde Politik Olan (The political in poems of Didem Madak). Paper presented at Didem Madak Sempozyumu (National Didem Madak Symposium), Ege University, İzmir, Turkey.
Colak, E. (2014, September 26-27) From Occupation of Public Spaces and Forums/ Initiatives to an Alternative Polity. Paper presented at Crisis and Social Change Conference, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Colak, E., & Yamak, S. (2014, June 5-7). History, Struggle, and Class: Gezi Resistance. Paper presented at the biyearly meeting of VIII. How Class Works Conference, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA.
Colak, E. (2014, April 6-10). Art in Street: The Significant Role of Using the Art, Literature and Humour in the Gezi Resistance. Paper presented at International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) International Conference for Academic Disciplines, Vienna, Austuria.
Yamak, S., & Çolak, E. (2013, 4-6 Aralık). Türkiye’de İşçi Sınıfı Oluşumu Süreçleri: Tekel Direnişi’ne E.P.Thompson’la Bakmak (The processes of making the Turkish Working Class: Considering the TEKEL resistance over E. P. Thompson). Paper presented at TSBD 13. Ulusal Sosyal Bilimler Kongresi (Turkish Social Sciences Association, 13th National Conference of Social Sciences), METU, Ankara, Türkiye.