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About Spyros A. Sofos

Spyros A. Sofos is a Researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University. Former member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Area Studies, Mediterranean Politics and the Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, he is currently editorial board member of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. He was co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan ‘Islam and Nationalism’ book series from its inception until August 2018. His publications include Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe (Routledge), Tormented by History (Hurst), Το βασανο της Ιστοριας (Καστανιωτης), Tarihin Cenderesinde: Türk ve Yunan Milliyetçiliği (Istanbul Bilgi University Press); Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks (Palgrave Macmillan).

Articles by Spyros A. Sofos

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Turkish election as a warning against the irresistible charms of populism

We urgently need a constructive and open dialogue between different strands of thought within the populism theoretical oeuvre, if we are to develop progressive political strategies.

Turkey: of coups and popular resistance

The construct of ‘the people’  thrives on and demands homogeneity of values and unity of purpose and banishes diversity and difference to the realm of the evil ‘other’.

Why I will be voting YES in Sunday’s Greek referendum

I would vote yes as I do not want my objections to the way the crisis has been managed at home and in Brussels to be usurped by politicians that dream that they can give the Union a bloody nose by destroying the Eurozone.

#QuiSommesNous? A Socratic dialogue on “L’Affaire Charlie Hebdo”

Freedoms are not unlimited but who, when and how can we limit them? Two colleagues agree to disagreeContent warning: graphic and potentially offensive imagery, including torture.

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