Announcements

IR Seminar- İlker Aytürk

Author: CASE
Time: 15:00
Location: CAS 127

KOC UNIVERSITY

FACULTY OF ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES AND ECONOMICS

IR SEMINAR

MONDAY-May 22,2017

CAS 127

Name:  İlker Aytürk- Bilkent University

Title: KEMALISM, POST-KEMALISM, AND WHAT’S NEXT?

Date:  May 22,2017 –Monday

Place: CAS 127

Time: 15:00-16:30

Abstract: Since the beginning of the 1980s, the field of modern Turkish studies is dominated by what I call the post-Kemalist paradigm. I use the term post-Kemalists to describe a broad coalition of academics and non-academics, hailing from the liberal left, the Kurdish movement, or political Islam. Post-Kemalists put the blame for Turkey’s current problems squarely on the shoulders of the early republic and initiated a period of catharsis to solve those problems. In this talk, first, I will discuss the political and intellectual roots of post-Kemalism and its rise as a hegemonic discourse in the 1990s and 2000s. Next, I will make the case that post-Kemalism is becoming increasingly irrelevant in explaining Turkey’s slide into competitive authoritarianism. Finally, I will attempt to introduce and invite discussion on alternative frameworks of inquiry in modern Turkish studies. 

Bio: Dr. İlker Aytürk is associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University, where he teaches Turkish and Israeli political history. Dr. Aytürk is a former TÜBA-GEBİP Scholar, visiting researcher at Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Fulbright scholar at the University of Chicago.