Professor Esra  Özyürek

Professor Esra Özyürek

Professor in European Anthropology and Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies

European Institute

+44 (0)20 7955 6971
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Office Hours
Thursday 13.00 - 14.00 and 15.30 - 16.30
Key Expertise
Secularism, Islam, Christianity, Nationalism, Religious Conversion

About me

Professor Esra Özyürek is Professor in European Anthropology and Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies.

She received her BA in Sociology and Political Science at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and her MA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before joining the LSE she taught at the Anthropology Department of University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Özyürek a political anthropologist who seeks to understand how Islam, Christianity, secularism, and nationalism are dynamically positioned in relation to each other in Turkey and in Europe. Her research received funding from the Fulbright Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German Academic Exchange, Institute for Turkish Studies. She was a resident fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She is the recipient of the Barkan Prize for best article in the field of Turkish Studies and co-recipient (with Seckin Sertdemir Ozdemir) of the the 2019 ASMEA Best Conference Paper award in the Middle East category.

Her most recent book Authoritarianism and Resistance in Turkey: Conversations on Democratic and Social Challenges, co-authored with Gaye Özpınar and Emrah Altındiş, has been published by SpringerLink (2018). Read more here. She is also the author of Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion and Conversion in the New Europe (Princeton University Press, 2014) and Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey (Duke University Press, 2007). She is the editor of Politics of Public Memory in Turkey (Syracuse University Press, 2007) and Unuttuklarɩ ve Hatɩrladɩklarɩyla Turkiye’nin Toplumsal Hafɩzasɩ by İletişim Yayɩnevi (2002).

Research Interests

Secularism, Islam, Christianity, nationalism, religious conversion, memory, anti-Semitism, emotions, Turkey, Germany.

Expertise Details

Secularism; Islam; Christianity; Nationalism; Religious Conversion; Anti-Semitism; Turkey; Germany