While preparing an exciting program of online courses to start in the early summer of 2019, we are also very happy to announce a new online seminar to run this spring organized with the New University in Exile Consortium based at the New School for Social Research.
Currently consisting of fourteen universities and colleges, the New University in Exile Consortium is committed to the belief that the academic community has both the responsibility and capacity to assist persecuted and endangered scholars everywhere and to protect the intellectual capital that is jeopardized when universities and scholars are under assault. The New School of Social Research is the founder and organizer of the New University in Exile Consortium.
Together we present the seminar, “The Social Structures of Neoliberal Authoritarianism: The Case of Turkey” moderated by the New School for Social Research’s University in Exile Fellow Dr. Cem Özatalay and Dr. Bediz Yılmaz. The seminar explores Turkey’s gradual shift towards authoritarianism over the last decade and will consider to what extent this shift is part of a global drift toward authoritarianism and to what extent, in Turkey’s case, the drift is a function of Turkey’s own history.
During the 10-weeks seminar, participants receive an opportunity to learn more about the political situation in Turkey today, particularly the post-AKP period, and to discuss current issues with the moderators in an online learning environment that includes video-lectures, interviews with specialists, documentaries, films and readings. After fulfilling the seminar requirements, which include a weekly brief critical assessment of the assigned material and actively engaging in the weekly seminar discussions, the participants will be granted a certificate of completion. Registration is open to everybody and tuition is free. The seminar will be moderated in English.
The seminar starts on February 24, 2019.
Weekly meetings with the moderators take place Thursdays, 9am (GMT-5)/3pm (GMT+1)/5pm (GMT+3).
*** The Social Structures of Neoliberal Authoritarianism: The Case of Turkey
Moderators: Dr. Cem Özatalay and Dr. Bediz Yılmaz
In collaboration with the New University in Exile Consortium
February 24 – April 28, 2019
The rise of authoritarianism around the world has drawn the increasing attention of social theorists and sociologists for more than a decade, with Turkey becoming one of the most clear examples. This seminar explores Turkey’s gradual shift towards authoritarianism over the last decade so as to discuss to what extent this shift is part of a global drift toward authoritarianism and also to what extent, in Turkey’s case, the drift is a function of Turkey’s own history. The case of Turkey will be examined in light of a variety of social structural factors, such as demographic changes, rapid urbanization, class struggles and culture wars, power structure and relations of domination, and finally the dialectical effects of resistance movements against authoritarian neoliberalism. External factors such as global financial crises, the ongoing wars in the Middle East, etc. will also be considered. Moderators Cem Özatalay, is an IIE-SRF fellow, a University in Exile Visiting Research Scholar at The New School for Social Research, and an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Galatasaray University. Özatalay completed his PhD at EHESS (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales) in Paris. His research areas are social inequalities, social stratification, sociology of domination, economic sociology of capitalism, neoliberalism, morality and economy, art and economy. Like more than five hundred signatories of the Peace Petition, he is currently under trial in Turkey with the accusation of “propaganda for a terrorist organization”. https://galatasaray.academia.edu/Cem%C3%96zatalay
Bediz Yılmaz received her PhD degree from the French Institute of Urban Studies (University of Paris VIII) with a dissertation on the social exclusion of forced migrants in a slum neighbourhood of Istanbul. Her research interests include migration, urban/rural poverty, spatial segregation, social exclusion, gender and social policies. After working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at Mersin University for more than 10 years, she has been dismissed for having signed Peace Petition of Academics for Peace (January 2016). Between February 2017-October 2018 she was Philipp Schwartz Fellow at the Institute of Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, University of Osnabrück, Germany. Her current research focuses on the connection between forced migration and forced labour in the agricultural sector. She currently lives in Mersin, Turkey. https://independent.academia.edu/bedizyilmaz