Dr. Bahar Aykan is a faculty of the Department of Sociology, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her research interests are politics of heritage and memory; intersections of heritage, nationalism, and identity-based conflicts; and heritage rights. Some of her recent publications include ‘Patenting Karagöz: UNESCO, nationalism and multinational intangible heritage’ (2015, International Journal of Heritage Studies); ‘Whose Tradition, Whose Identity? The politics of constructing “Nevruz” as intangible heritage in Turkey’ (2014, European Journal of Turkish Studies); ‘How Participatory is Participatory Heritage Management? The Politics of Safeguarding the Alevi Semah Ritual as Intangible Heritage’ (2013, International Journal of Cultural Property).