Public Lecture: “A Turbulent Period in Turkey”, Professor Caglar Keyder, 9 November 2015, LSE

Public Lecture:  “A Turbulent Period in Turkey”

Organizer: LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies and LSE European Institute
Date: Monday, 9 November 2015
Time: 17:30-18:30
Venue: Room COW1.11, 1st Floor, Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House, LSE
Speaker: Professor Caglar Keyder (LSE Centennial Professor, and Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York in Binghamton and at Koc University in Istanbul
Chair: Associate Professor Esra Ozyurek, Chair of LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies

The recent political history of Turkey has been eventful. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) which had dominated electoral contests since 2002 failed to obtain a majority in the Parliament in June 2015. Former Prime Minister and now President Erdogan rejected attempts to form a coalition. Instead, he announced a repeat election scheduled for November 1. The period between the two elections has seen the country slide into chaos. This talk will provide background to the current strife, and explore the implications of the outcome of the new election on both domestic and international politics.

Çaglar Keyder is LSE Centennial Professor, and Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York in Binghamton and at Koc University in İstanbul. He retired from Bogazici University in 2014.  His work has focused on the historical sociology of Ottoman Empire/Turkey, on agrarian transformations, and on urban studies.  His books include Studies in Social History (1982), State and Class in Turkey (1987), Istanbul: Between the Global and the Local (1999), From the Ottoman Empire to the European Union (2003), and The End of Agriculture as We Knew It (2013). He was a founding editor of the journal New Perspectives on Turkey, and has served on several editorial boards, including the International Journal of Middle East Studies and Contemporary Sociology.  He is a member of the Science Academy in Turkey.

The event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. For further questions you reach the organizer at u.sonmez@lse.ac.uk.

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