Lecture series


Weekly lecture times
Wednesdays 17:00 - 18:30 (GMT + 2)

Anatomy of a Political Regime: Lectures on Contemporary Turkey  

In the last two decades, Turkey has gone through major political, social and economic changes with critical repercussions in every sphere of life. Now counted among the cases of autocratic regimes, Turkey is far from being able to find democratic solutions to its long-rooted problems. With this lecture series, we aim to discuss different dimensions of these changes by focusing on constitution and law, the nature and form of the political regime, the relation between politics and religion, state and violence, media and politics as well as pandemic and the production of differences and inequalities. The series featuring eminent scholars will give us a comprehensive analysis of contemporary Turkey.

This lecture series is co-organized by Off-University and HU Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies and funded by Einstein Foundation Berlin and Stiftung Mercator.  Click here to to join the lectures 

Confirmed lectures:

• WED, May 13:
Nilgün Toker Kılınç, "Sivillik" istismarından Ortaklığın Yıkımına (in Turkish)

• WED, May 20:
Murat Sevinç – AKP Dönemi Anayasa Politikalari (in Turkish)

• WED, May 27:
Serdar Tekin, İkili Devlet'i Yeniden Düşünmek: Türkiye'de Otoriterlik ve Hukuk (in Turkish)

• THU, June 4*:
Aslı Odman, Making of the Pandemic, Making of the Pandemiariat in Turkey

• WED, June 10:
Aslı Zengin, Sex/Gender Transgressive and Trans Lives at the Intersection of Violence and Intimacy

• WED, June 17:
Fatma Müge Göçek, Vectors of Violence from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic

• WED, June 24:
Esra Arsan, The Changing Actors of Political Clientelism and the New Authoritarianism in Turkish News Media

• WED, July 1:
Ceren Lord, The Unfolding of Religious Majoritarianism in Turkey

• WED, July 8:
Halil İbrahim Yenigün, Religiosities and Religious Regimes

• WED, July 15:
Rosa Burç, Lecture title t.b.a. (in English)

Please note: The first three lectures will be held in Turkish (May 13 - May 27). All following lectures will be in English (June 4 - July 15).

*Aslı Odman's lecture will be held on Thursday, June 4 instead of Wednesday, June 3.


For people who are new to the Off-University platform, there will be an introduction and the possibility to get technical support every week 30 minutes before the lecture starts, at 4:30 pm (CET).