Welcome to this site where I share some signposts from my academic journey and the beautiful fruit of the curiosities and passions that have shaped it.

I feel deeply grateful to so many wise and generous souls who have held my hand and illuminated my path along this journey – inspiring, encouraging and guiding me towards “the space within” where I could begin to grasp the beautiful dance between the mind and the heart…

I hope to use this site to also post my inspirations and my gratitude to all.

Starting with Rainer Maria Rilke’s insightful invitation (with the beautiful translation of Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows) :

The space within us reaches out, translates each thing.

For the essence of a tree to be real for you,

cast inner space around it, out of the space

that exists in you. Encircle it with restraint.

It has no borders. Only in the realm

of your renouncing can it, as tree, be known.


Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Joanna Macy & Anita Barrows

Photo by Ayşe Gül Altınay (Istanbul, 2022)