Umut Özkirimli

Guest Professor

Umut is Professor of Political Science at CMES. 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 coordinating a project entitled “In Search of a Model for the Middle East: A Comparison of Turkish and Nordic Experiences” (hyperlink) funded by the Swedish Research Council and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Research Interests

Umut has published widely in the areas of nationalism, multiculturalism, identity politics and social movements. 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 the 3rd, revised and extended, edition of of his widely used textbook, Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction as well as a comparative study of social movements (with a particular focus on Gezi protests of May 2013).


Book Series

”Islam and Nationalism” (Series Editors with Spyros A. Sofos), Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011-present.

The Making of a Protest Movement in Turkey: #occupygezi
, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Pivot, 2014 (translated into Turkish).

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 80 courses in over 35 countries).

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).

Selected Articles and Book Chapters
“Unravelling Gezi Protests in Turkey: A Collective Frame Approach” (with Spyros A. Sofos), under review at Social Movement Studies.

“Gezi and the Kurds in Turkey: Reflections on the Future of the Peace Process”, Orient (Deutsches Orient-Institut), 1, 2014, 35-9.

“Multiculturalism, Recognition and the ‘Kurdish Question’ in Turkey: The Outline of a Normative Framework”, Democratization, published online on 28 April 2013.

“Vigilance and Apprehension: Multiculturalism, Democracy and the ‘Kurdish Question’ in Turkey”, Middle East Critique, 22 (1), 2013, 1-18.

“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.

“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.

Selections from recent media apperance: (live interview on Gezi protests, Dagen, DR2) (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)

Regular columns/blogs:

Huffington Post (

T24 (, in Turkish)

Diken (, in Turkish)


+46 46 222 9267

Areas of Expertise

Nationalism, Multiculturalism, Identity Politics; Turkey, the Kurds in Turkey.