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About Umut Ozkirimli

Umut Ozkirimli is Professor of Political Science at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Lund University. He is also a Visiting Professor at The Middle East Centre (MEC), London School of Economics and The Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT), University of Sussex. His most recent book, the 3rd edition of Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction, is published in March 2017. He is currently working on a monograph entitled Models Unveiled: Sweden and Turkey as Local Instantiations of a Global Crisis (co-authored with H. Berggren, S. A. Sofos and L. Trägårdh).

Articles by Umut Ozkirimli

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Fear and loathing in Turkish academia: a tale of appeasement and complicity

Can fear explain the loathing that the victims of this ‘academic cleansing’ are exposed to, often by their own colleagues? Could insecurity justify the complicity?

Why Turkification will never work

A country as heteregenous as Turkey can't be held together by an autocrat, so what to do?

Hej Carl Bildt, are you asleep? Should Europe still stand by Erdoğan?

Dedicated to Aydın Engin, or “uncle Aydın”, and all jailed writers and journalists in Turkey.

Very Turkish abduction from the seraglio and crocodile tears of the ‘West’

The international “friends of Turkey” bear a great deal of responsibility for Turkey’s predicament, a fact that the crocodile tears they shed today could not easily conceal.

On ‘bad writing’, politics and killing a Kurd…

Now is the time to speak up, even if our words can be found wanting in the face of complex realities and the merciless world of politics.

Ankara bombing and the end of the Turkish Republic

What we have witnessed in the last two years, culminating in the horrible scenes of 10 October in Ankara, is the end of the Turkish Republic as we know it.

#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.

The Ayatollah's second coming: critical reflections on a 'non-interview'

Richard Falk's laudatory tone towards Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu and the ruling AKP raises troubling questions that have been asked before.

Europe beyond Utøya: addressing a crisis

The slaughter of citizens in Norway in July 2011 was more than the act of an individual: it emerged from a political and intellectual atmosphere that now pervades European public life. This deeper reality must be understood and addressed if Europe is to save itself by living up to its own ideals, says Umut Özkirimli.
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