Umut Özkirimli

Guest Professor

Umut is Guest Professor in Contemporary Turkey Studies at CMES. Formerly a Professor of Political Science at Istanbul Bilgi University, he is also a Honorary Professor in Europe, Nationalism and Globalization at the Center for Modern European Studies (CEMES), University of Copenhagen, a Senior Fellow at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), Sabanci University and a Research Associate, LSEE (Research on South East Europe), The European Insitute, The London School of Economics. Previously, he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Malmö and the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, and a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at The European University Institute, Florence. Umut has been a recurrent visitor of CMES since 2007. In addition to teaching and supervising, Umut is organizing the Modern Turkey Seminars at CMES (with Andrea Karlsson) and coordinating all Turkey-related research activities at CMES.

Research Interests

Umut has published widely in the areas of nationalism, multiculturalism and identity politics, broadly construed. His research interests cover a wide spectrum, from theories of and normative debates on nationalism to nationalisms in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, from the ‘Kurdish question’ in Turkey to multiculturalism, radical right and Islamophobia in Europe. He is currently editing a book series on ‘Islam and Nationalism’ (with Spyros A. Sofos) for Palgrave Macmillan, and working on a series of articles on Islam and nationalism, multiculturalism, the politics of recognition and the ‘Kurdish question’ in Turkey. Umut is also part of the project on ‘hydrosolidarity’ at Pufendorf Institute, Lund University.


Book Series
‘Islam and Nationalism’ (Series Editors with Spyros A. Sofos), Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011-2014.

Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction,
2nd revised and expanded edition, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 (translated into Turkish, Greek, Persian, Arabic and Albanian; recommended reading in more than 75 courses in 35 countries. A 3rd edition will be published in 2013).

Nationalism in the Troubled Triangle: Cyprus, Greece and Turkey (with Ayhan Aktar and Niyazi Kızılyürek), edited volume, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 

Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey (with Spyros A. Sofos), London: Hurst & Co and Columbia: Columbia University Press, 2008  (translated into Turkish and Greek).

Contemporary Debates on Nationalism: A Critical Engagement. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005 (translated into Turkish).

Nationalism and its Futures, edited volume, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 (translated into Turkish).

Articles and Book Chapters

‘Islam – The Bermuda Triangle of Nationalism Studies? Theoretical Reflections on a chequered Relationship’, special issue edited by Tariq Modood, Nasar Meer and Varun Uberoi, Nations and Nationalism, forthcoming.

‘Vigilance and Apprehension: Multiculturalism, Democracy and the “Kurdish Question” in Turkey’, Middle East Critique, 22 (1), 2013 (page numbers not available yet).

‘The Topography of Nationalism in Turkey: Actors, Discourses and the Struggle for Hegemony’, in Riva Kastoryano (ed.), Turkey between Nationalism and Globalization, London: Routledge, 2013, 71-86.

‘Passionately Internationalist: Fred Halliday and Nationalism Studies’, Nations and Nationalism, 19 (2), 2013, 1-5.

‘“And People’s Concerns Were Genuine. Why Didn’t We Listen More?” Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Recognition in Europe’, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 20 (3), 2012, 307-21.

‘From Pater Familias to Homo Nationalis: Understanding Nationalism in Turkey’ (with Pınar Uyan), Ethnicities, 11 (1), 2011, 59-79.

‘The Changing Nature of Nationalism in Turkey’, in Ayşe Kadıoğlu and Fuat Keyman (eds), Symbiotic Antagonisms in Turkey: Sources, Discourses and Changing Nature of Turkish, Kurdish and Islamic Nationalisms, Utah: University of Utah Press, 2011.

‘Contested Geographies: Greece, Turkey and the Territorial Imagination’ (with Spyros A. Sofos), in Othon Anastasakis, Kalypso Nicolaidis and Kerem Öktem (eds), Under the Long Shadow of Europe: Greeks and Turks in the Era of Post-Nationalism, Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2009.

‘The Double Life of John Hutchinson or Bringing Ethnosymbolism and Postmodernism Together’, Nations and Nationalism, 14 (1), 2008, 4-9.

‘The “Perennial” Question: Nations in Antiquity or the Antique Shop of History?’, Nations and Nationalism, 13 (3), 2007, 523-37.

‘The Nation as an Artichoke: A Critique of Ethnosymbolist Interpretations of Nationalism’, Nations and Nationalism, 9 (3), 2003, 339-55.

‘Reproducing the Nation: “Banal Nationalism” in the Turkish Press’ (with Arus Yumul), Media, Culture & Society, 22 (6), 2000, 787-804.


Selection from recent media apperance: (live interview on the Kurdish question, Habertürk) (interview on the contemporary Turkish political landscape, Kulturzet, 3Sat, simultaneously broadcast on ZDF and Austrian and Swiss channels) (interview on democratization and nationalism in Turkey, BBC News)