Tufan Acil studied Philosophy and Architecture at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara / Turkey. Later, he was awarded by the scholarship of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for his master studies in Hamburg and Marburg, finishing with a thesis on Hegels Concept of Freedom in his Philosophy of Right. As a fellow of the international research training group InterArt at Freie Universitaet Berlin and at Goldsmiths College (London), he held a scholarship from German Research Institut (DFG) and completed his PhD thesis, titled Transgressions and Convergences: A practice-based Aesthetics. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow of Dahlem Research School HONORS program in Berlin. His publications include: Affekte als Einteilungskriterium der Künste, in: produktion – AFFEKTION – Rezeption, Berlin 2014; Grenzüberschreitungen in (der) Kunst: Eine praxisbezogene Ästhetik, Bielefeld 2017.
His research project at the Johns Hopkins University focuses generally on the role of artistic practice for Turkish descent living in Germany and of the ongoing constitution and stabilization of their new cultural identity as Turkish-German that resides “in-between”, that is to say, between nostalgia for a Turkish culture and present German culture. It gives special attention to different works and performances produced by many Turkish-German artists, examines the way they deal with the stereotypes prevalent in German society. The project refers to different Turkish-German artists who (re)appropriate existing stereotypes productively in their productions and at the same time surpass them in an effective way. By (re)appropriating the existing stereotypes, Turkish-German artists do not only go beyond them in an effective way, but also contribute to the transformation and creation of new cultural values within Turkish-German communities.