Dr Esra Ozyurek
Reader in Contemporary Turkish Studies (on leave 2013/14)
Esra Ozyurek is the Reader in Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, LSE. She is a political anthropologist who primarily seeks to understand how Islam, Christianity, secularism, and nationalism are dynamically positioned in relation to each other. She is the author of Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey (Duke University Press 2006) and editor of Remembering and Forgetting in Turkey (in Turkish Iletisim Yayinlari 2002) and Politics of Public Memory in Turkey (Syracuse University Press 2007). She is completing a monograph tentatively titled Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion, and Conversion in Germany to be published by the Princeton University Press.
After receiving her BA in Political Science and Sociology from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Esra Ozyurek received her MA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She had since taught Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego.
Secularism, Islam, Christianity, nationalism, religious conversion, memory, Turkey, Germany