Event Announcement

06/12/2019 19:30

Aquarium at Südblock, Skalitzer Str. 6 (Kottbusser Tor), 10999 Berlin

Video Screening and Discussion with Sinem Adar and Ertuğ Tombuş

How can a leader claim to represent all people, when "the people" is not homogenous? And how can a populist leader stay in power, if disagreements arise between this leader and the people they govern?

Together with Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies and Off-University Migration Matters will present five episodes of their latest series #rethinkpopulism, featuring scholars Sinem Adar of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and Ertuğ Tombuş of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin speaking to the case of Turkey. The evening will examine the so-called life cycle of a populist and the relationship between populism, democracy, and social diversity by focusing on the case of Turkey.

The work of Adar and Tombuş on nation-building, social inclusion/exclusion, and democratic theory lays the foundation for a rich discussion on what it means to be a leader "of the people." We invite guests to discuss these issues with us – the scholars and Migration Matters team – following the screening.

After the event we will hold a small reception for all guests.

The event will be conducted in English.
Please register via Mail at blickwechsel.tuerkei@gmail.com

The event is co-organized by the programme "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies", Migration Matters and Off-University.

*Please be advised that photographs will be taken at the event for the public outreach of the Blickwechsel programme.


Sinem Adar
is an Associate at the Center for Applied Turkey Studies at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. She has a PhD degree in Sociology from Brown University and a MSc degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Before joining CATS, Dr. Adar held research positions at Humboldt University, Göttingen University and University of South Florida. During 2017/18 she was an IPC-Mercator Fellow at SWP. Dr. Adar's academic research focuses on processes of inclusion and exclusion in ethnically and religiously diverse societies.


Ertuğ Tombuş
holds a Ph.D. in political science. Currently, he is a research associate at the Department of Social Sciences at HU-Berlin and the academic coordinator of the program "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies". Before joining HU, he taught at Columbia Univeristy, The New School, Western Connecticut State Univ and SUNY. Since 2009, he has been the managing editor of Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory. He was a visiting research fellow at Northwestern U. and Yale U. His main research areas are populism, democratic theory and Turkish politics.


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