Dr Seçkin  Sertdemir Özdemir

Dr Seçkin Sertdemir Özdemir

Visiting Fellow

European Institute

English, French, Turkish
Key Expertise
Political Philosophy, Democracy, Political Participation, Turkish Studies

About me

Dr. Seçkin Sertdemir Özdemir is currently visiting fellow in Contemporary Turkish Studies, European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was previously visiting researcher in the Centre for Research on Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University from 2016 to 2017, and worked as a research fellow from 2003 to 2016 and then an assistant professor in the department of philosophy at Galatasaray University in 2016. After completing her joint PhD thesis on the subject of political freedom of Alexis de Tocqueville and Hannah Arendt at Paris VII-Denis Diderot University and Galatasaray University, her primary research goal was directed towards understanding the meaning of democracy and its paradoxes and on the current problems of political philosophy such as civil disobedience, voluntary servitude, the meaning of action, and political rights.

Her vision for the field of political philosophy is an interdisciplinary and international one that seeks to relate real-world problems and events to larger questions about political participation and ethical ways of living together in a swiftly shrinking world. She is currently leading an interdisciplinary research project “Academia in Exile: The Turkish Case” funded by British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant in collaboration with Dr Esra Özyürek of the LSE.



Expertise Details

Political Philosophy; Democracy; Political Participation; Turkish Studies

Recent Publications

Recent publications:

- Sertdemir Ozdemir S. 2019. “Pity the exiled: Turkish academics in exile, the problem of compassion in politics, and the promise of dis-exile”, Journal of Refugee Studies, Oxford University Press (DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fey076) https://academic.oup.com/jrs/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/jrs/fey076/5305685

- Sertdemir Ozdemir S., Mutluer N. and Özyürek E. 2019. "Exile and Plurality in Neoliberal Times: Turkey's Academics for Peace", Public Culture, Duke University Press, vol. 31(2), p. 235-259. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/90827/ https://read.dukeupress.edu/public-culture/article-abstract/31/2/235/138421/Exile-and-Plurality-in-Neoliberal-TimesTurkey-s?redirectedFrom=fulltext

- Sertdemir Ozdemir S. 2018. “Le public et le politique dans Qu’est-ce que les Lumières?”, in Critique et Autonomie, Quelle Drôle d’Epoque, L’Harmattan, Paris, p. 101-110.

- Sertdemir Ozdemir S. 2015. “The Gezi Park Protests as a Pluralistic ‘Anti-Violent’ Movement”, Pluralist, University of Illinois Press, vol. 10.3, p. 247-260. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/pluralist.10.3.0247?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents