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Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program Podcast

Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program Podcast is a platform scholars of contemporary Turkey to talk about their academic work and its social and political implications. It's hosted by postdoctoral fellow Deniz Duruiz. To know when the latest episode has been posted, follow us on Soundcloud, iTunes , Stitcher, and Spotify.

Podcast Episodes

Podcast: Ayşe Parla

In this episode, our guest was Ayşe Parla, and we had a very interesting conversation with her about her new book Precarious Hope: Migration and the Limits of Belonging in Turkey published by Stanford University Press in 2019. We discussed how migrants from Bulgaria inhabit a liminal position between desirable migrants defined as racial kin and economically precarious subjects, whose belonging to the Turkish nation is constantly renegotiated.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. Her research and writing on transnational migration, hope, precarious labor, dispossession and the governance of difference is situated at the intersections of the politico-legal and the affective-moral realms in Turkey, its borderlands and diasporas. Her first book, Precarious Hope, explored the limits of belonging in Turkey from the perspective of Turkish migrants from Bulgaria who are ethnically privileged but economically precarious, and for whom citizenship is promised even if not guaranteed.

Podcast: Elise Massicard

In this episode, we talked to Élise Massicard about her research on muhtars, the neighborhood or village headmen in Turkey. Elise’s interest in muhtars in Turkey dates back to several years before President Erdoğan started to gather thousands of muhtars at his presidential palace, address them in person to acknowledge the importance of their position. Elise’s research problematizes the view of the Turkish state as a strong bureaucratic machine detached from society by showing the in-between status of muhtars as both small bureaucrats presiding over the neighborhood and as elected officials serving their constituents. Elise shows that this in-between status of complementing bureaucratic rationality with personal relationships is neither a deviation from the norm, nor a failure of modernization, but lies at the very center of the Turkish state tradition dating back to Ottoman times.

Élise Massicard is a faculty member and associate research fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research, Sciences Po. She works on comparative political sociology, mainly on Turkey. Her research focuses on relationships between space and politics, which she inquires through social movements, the sociology of institutions, state-society relations, and everyday politics. Thereby, she explores the autonomy of politics from other social fields. Through qualitative in-depth studies, she focuses on the analysis of actors, and the way they are entrenched spatially and socially, but also the circulations - including transnational.

Podcast: Ceren Lord

Podcast: Ceren Lord

Ceren Lord, British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Middle East Studies at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, discusses her book, Religious Politics in Turkey: From the Birth of the Republic to the AKP, in which she questions the view of the grassroots Islamist movements as natural challengers of the authoritarian secular state in a novel way based both on her archival research and the interviews she conducted with state officials, influential religious figures, and the employees of the Presidency of Religious Affairs (diyanet).

Podcast: Can Candan

Podcast: Can Candan

Can Candan, acclaimed independent documentary filmmaker and professor of film and media studies, discusses the changing conditions of academic and artistic production in Turkey in the last few years. This episode was recorded on January 24th, 2019, and since this time the situation for academics has escalated.

Podcast: Elizabeth Nolte

Podcast: Elizabeth Nolte University of Warwick scholar Elizabeth Nolte discusses her paper, "Children’s Literature and the Struggle Over Cultural Literacy," which was presented in the panel on education as a field of political contestation at the 2018 Keyman conference.


Podcast: Çetin Çelik

Podcast: Çetin Çelik Çetin Çelik of Koç University discusses his paper, "Social class, institutional habitus and high school choices in Turkey," which was presented in the panel on social class and reproduction at the 2018 Keyman conference.