CMES Research Seminar: The Meanings of the People in Turkish Politics: A Genealogy
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Spyros Sofos presents his recent PhD thesis The Meanings of the People in Turkish Politics: A Genealogy.
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The people, together with the nation have been notions central in Turkish politics, articulated already before the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923, informing political discourse and contributing to the demarcation of the realm of political action over the past one hundred years. Through a critical examination of the uses and constructions of the people, this paper attempts to throw light to, historicize and nuance the discursive tradition revolving around the notion of the people as a political subject (both as possessing agency, and as subjected to control) and the ways this has been reflected in contemporary Turkish political culture(s), institutional architecture and parameters and repertoires of political action.
Spyros has been working as research coordinator at CMES, Lund University. Broadly speaking, his research focuses on issues of conflict, identity and insecurity, largely drawing on fieldwork in former Yugoslavia during its dissolution, Western Europe and Turkey.
His books include Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe (Routledge), Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey (Oxford University Press) and Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks (Palgrave).
He is the editor of openDemocracy’s Rethinking Populism project and member of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies editorial team.
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