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Public lecture series 2017-18: "Society, Culture, Economics"

The LSE Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies' lecture series for the 2017-18 academic year is themed "Society, Culture and Economics."

This interdisciplinary lecture series hosts academics invested in debates on Turkey and connected geographies from a variety of perspectives. The goal is to open up a critical space for deeper and critical analysis of society, culture, religion, and politics in Turkey, among Turkey's diasporic populations and across other relevant regions. Speakers are expected to address, through their research, different aspects of past, present and future complexities of contemporary Turkey and proximate contexts, revealing connections between different life practices and processes in multiple spaces and temporalities.

Unless otherwise stated, lectures in this series will take place throughout the 2017-18 academic year on the first Wednesday of every month between 6pm and 8pm at Room 1.11, Cowdray House, 6 Portugal Street, LSE.

Admission is free, open to all, and on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please find below a list of these events in chronological order: 


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Lecture title: Is Eurasia Rising? The View from Turkey

Speaker: Dr Nora Fisher Onar (Coastal Carolina University)

Dr Nora Fisher Onar examines global politics with a focus on Turkey between the West and Middle East. Her research interests include IR theory, comparative area studies, political ideologies, gender, history/memory, and foreign policy analysis. She received her doctorate in IR from Oxford University and holds masters and undergraduate degrees from Johns Hopkins SAIS and Georgetown, respectively. She speaks five languages including fluent Turkish and Italian. A non-resident fellow of the German Marshall Fund and research associate of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies, she has published extensively in academic journals like Conflict and Cooperation, Theory and Society, and Women’s Studies International Forum. She also regularly speaks and writes for policy fora like the Brookings Institution and Carnegie Endowment, Foreign Affairs, the National Interest, and OpenDemocracy. She is editor of a forthcoming book for Rutgers University Press titled Istanbul: Living With Difference in a Global City.

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: COW 1.11

Chair: Assoc Prof Katerina Dalacoura (LSE) 


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Lecture title: Institutional Quality and Implications for Growth and Equity: Lessons for Turkey

Speaker:  Prof Mehmet Ugur (University of Greenwich)

Prof Mehmet Ugur's areas of interest include open economy macroeconomics, international economics and finance, economics of the EU, monetary integration in Europe, European public policy, regulatory institutions of the world economy, and statistical methods for research. He has examined PhD theses internally at the University of Greenwich and externally at Essex, Keele, Leicester, Manchester and Warwick universities. Prof Ugur has method specialism in meta-analysis, a statistical method of evidence synthesis in economics, public policy and medical care. He is co-convenor for the Campbell and Cochrane Collaboration Economics Methods Group (CCEMG) – an international network of individuals with an interest and expertise in approaches to evidence synthesis that combine economics and systematic review methods. Prof Ugur is also a member of the Meta-Analysis of Economic Research Network (MAER-Net), an international network of scholars committed to improving economic science through meta-analysis. He coordinated and hosted MAER-Net's 2013 Colloquium at the University of Greenwich. Prof Ugur acts as an editorial board member for academic journals and as advisory board member for research centres. His consultancy engagements include International Budget Partnership (Washington), Routledge (UK), and Centre for Innovation and Competition-based Development Studies (Turkey).

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: COW 1.11

Chair: Associate Prof. Esra Özyürek, the LSE Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies


Wednesday, 11 January 2018

Lecture title: Politics of Emotions symposium plenary

Speakers (please click on names for speaker biographies): Assoc Prof Yael Navaro (University of Cambridge), Assoc Prof Carel Bertram (San Francisco State University), Assoc Prof Ayşe Parla (Sabanci University / Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), Prof Bilgin Ayata (University of Basel).

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: The Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Chair: Associate Prof. Esra Özyürek, the LSE Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies

 


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Lecture title: TBC

Speaker: Dr Hasan Turunç  (University of Oxford)

Dr Hasan Turunç is academic fellow at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford, and London representative of TÜSİAD (the Turkish Industry and Business Association). He has published widely on Turkey, the EU and Middle Eastern international affairs. Hasan has held several research assistantship positions as part of funded projects and contributes regularly to debates in the international media as commentator on Turkey-related issues. He previously worked for the Turkish Premiership's Investment Support and Promotion Agency in London where he dealt with over 100 UK-based companies and private equity firms. Hasan holds a PhD and an MSc from the University of London and speaks English, Arabic and Portuguese.

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: COW.1.11

Chair: Associate Prof. Esra Özyürek, the LSE Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Lecture title: Turkey’s War on Terror: Between Extralegality and Hyperlegality

Speaker: Dr Başak Ertür (Birkbeck, University of London)

Dr Başak Ertür is Lecturer at the School of Law at Birkbeck. She completed her PhD at the same institution in January 2015 with a dissertation entitled ‘Spectacles and Spectres: Political Trials, Performativity and Scenes of Sovereignty’. Başak holds an MA in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research and a BA in Combined Honours in Arts from Durham University. She is currently a fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University. Başak has previously worked as an editor, translator and interpreter. She has also worked on several projects for Amnesty International and International PEN as campaigner and consultant. She is the co-producer and co-director of a 44-minute documentary, For the Record: The World Tribunal on Iraq (2007).

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: COW.1.11

Chair: Associate Prof. Esra Özyürek, the LSE Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies 


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Lecture title: TBC

Speaker: Dr Sevgi Adak (Aga Khan University)

Dr Sevgi Adak is Assistant Professor at Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations, London. She has held various research and teaching positions in the past. Between 2009 and 2014, she was a research fellow at the International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam. Prior to joining AKU-ISMC in January 2015, she taught at the Department of Sociology at Istanbul Bahcesehir University. Her book, Anti-Veiling Campaigns in Turkey: Gender, Power and Resistance under the Kemalist Regime, will be published by IB Tauris in 2017.

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: COW.1.11

Chair: Associate Prof. Esra Özyürek, the LSE Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies

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