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About Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu

Gülay Türkmen-Dervişoğlu is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Goettingen’s Forum for Interdisciplinary Religious Studies. She received her PhD in sociology from Yale University in 2016. Her work has appeared in Nations and Nationalism and the Annual Review of Sociology, as well as on Jadaliyya, openDemocracy, The European, and Policy Trajectories.

Articles by Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Turkey’s presidential referendum and the (not so) curious case of the Turkish diaspora in Europe

Maybe it is time Europe looked at itself in the mirror and started discussing why more and more people, including Europeans, are walking away from the much-vaunted “liberal European values”.

Turkey: from “role model” to “illiberal democracy”

If the west sees Turkey as a dumping ground for refugees, ignoring its transformation into an authoritarian regime allegedly assisting jihadist groups, an even more chaotic Middle East will ensue. 

Gezi: the park that shook up Turkey

What unites the most heterogeneous opposition bloc Turkey has seen in the last two decades is a common protest against a government which interprets majoritarian democracy as 'the tyranny of the majority' and ignores criticism from opposition groups, says Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu

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