Event Announcement

12/10/2018 06:00PM

Humboldt University of Berlin, Senate Hall in the Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

Panel Discussion with Ceren Lord, Markus Dressler, Ertuğ Tombuş and Ayşegül Kars Kaynar (Chair).

The relation between religion and politics in Turkey is a complex issue that defies master narratives based on binaries such as secular/religion or center/periphery. Especially the political developments of the last two decades and the rise of political Islam have shown time and again that the relation between religion and the state needs to be explained beyond the misleading opposition between the authoritarian secular state and the democratic challenge of religious groups. Power relations beyond the structures of domination, practices of exclusion and discourses of otherness require a more complicated explanation.

As part of this attempt, the panel seeks to address the questions of how certain practices, discourses, and institutions (re)produce sacredness around the state and in politics. How can we understand the role of religion in the formation of state and political authority in Turkey? How does sacredness place particular identities and actors outside the critical public sphere? What are the consequences of the idea of the 'sacred state/nation' for minorities and heterodoxies in the society?

The panel will be conducted in English. There will be a reception afterwards.
Please register via Mail at blickwechsel.tuerkei@gmail.com

The event is co-organized by the programme "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies", Network Turkey, and GeT MA, the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences and funded by Stiftung Mercator.

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Ceren Lord is British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, with Middle East Studies at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA). She completed her PhD in May 2015 at the London School of Economics, Government Department, focusing on the role of the state and the ulema (Diyanet) in the rise of political Islam in Turkey.

Markus Dressler currently works as senior researcher at the German Research Foundation's Humanities Center Multiple Secularities: Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities at Leipzig University. He has published extensively on Alevism and questions of inner-Islamic difference, politics of secularism and religion, Sufism in the West, Turkish historiography, and religion and politics in Turkey.

Ertuğ Tombuş is a research fellow at the Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin and the academic coordinator of Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies Program. His primary research and teaching areas are political theory, theories of constitution-making, comparative constitutionalism, populism, secularism, political sociology and Turkish politics.

Ayşegül Kars Kaynar
is currently an Einstein fellow at the Institute for Social Sciences of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She got her PhD degree from the Political Science Department of Middle East Technical University. She has been researcher in New School for Social Research, and visiting fellow in Hamburg University, TürkeiEuropaZentrum. Her research interests involve contemporary Turkish politics, legal studies, securitization policies, and civil-military relations.

topics of presentations

Ceren Lord: The Case of Turkey's Ulema and the Struggle Within the State

Markus Dressler: Heterodox, Syncretistic, or Heretical? Epistemic Violence against Alevis in Modern Turkey

Ertuğ Tombuş: Populism and Religion: Collision of Political Theologies in Turkey

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