2| Reconsidering ‘civil society’

2nd reading group session

Date: Monday July 29th | 18:30 | The British Institute at Ankara

Kugulu park forum

This session will focus on the notion of civil society, its multiple faces, voices and critical understandings


Core readings

Kuzmanovic, Daniella (2012) Refractions of Civil Society, Palgrave Macmillan (Chapters 1 + conclusion)

Dikici-Bilgin, Hasret (2009) ‘Civil society and state in Turkey: a Gramscian
 perspective’, in McNally, Mark, Schwarzmantel, John (eds.), Gramsci and Global Politics: Hegemony and resistance, pp.107-118

Navaro-Yashin, Yael (2002) ‘Faces of the State: Secularism and Public Life in Turkey’, Princeton University Press, chapter 4 (Rituals for the state: Public Statism and the Production of ‘Civil Society’)

Walton, Jeremy F. (2013) ‘Confessional pluralism and the civil society effect: Liberal mediations of Islam and secularism in contemporary Turkey’, American Ethnologist, 40(1), pp.182-200

Supplementary readings

Burak, B. (2011) ‘Turkish Political Culture and Civil Society: An Unsettling Coupling?’, Alternatives, 10(1), pp.59-71

Kadioğlu, Ayşe (2005) ‘Civil Society, Islam and Democracy in Turkey:
A Study of Three Islamic Non-Governmental Organizations’, Muslim World, 95, pp.23-41

Kalaycioğlu, Ersin (2002a) ‘Civil Society in Turkey’, in Beeley, B.W. (ed.), Turkish Transformation: New Century, New Challenges, Eothen Press, pp.59-78

Kalaycioğlu, Ersin (2002b) ‘State and Civil Society in Turkey: Democracy, Development and Protest’, in Sajoo, A. (ed.), Civil Society in the Muslim World, I.B. Tauris, pp.247- 272

Keyman, E. Fuat and Icduygu, Ahmet (2003) ‘Globalization, Civil Society and Citizenship in Turkey: Actors, Boundaries and Discourses’, Citizenship Studies, 7(2) , pp.219-234

Kubicek, Paul (2002) ‘The Earthquake, civil society and political change in Turkey’, Political Studies, 50(4), pp.761-778

Mardin, Şerif (1969) ‘Power, Civil Society and Culture in the Ottoman Empire’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 11(3), pp.258-281

Rubin, A. (2012) ‘Religious actors in a democratic civil society: Turkey and Israel compared’, in Turam, B. (ed.), Secular State and Religious Society: Two forces in play in Turkey, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.167-193

Seckinelgin, Hakan (2004) ‘Contractions of a sociocultural reflex: civil society in Turkey’, in Glasius, Marlies; Lewis, David; Seckinelgin, Hakan (eds.), Exploring civil society: political and cultural contexts, Routledge, pp.153-158

Toros, Emre (2007) ‘Understanding the Role of Civil Society as an Agent for Democratic Consolidation: The Turkish Case’, Turkish Studies, 8(3), pp.395-415

Yerasimos, Stefanos., Seufert, Günther, Vorhoff, Karin (eds.) (2000) Civil Society in the Grip of Nationalism, Orient-Institut der Deutschen morgenlandischen gesellshaft & Inistitute Francais D’etudes anatoliennes

Yilmaz, Ihsan (2005)‘State, Law, Civil Society and Islam in Contemporary Turkey’, Muslim World, 95 – January, pp.385-411

Diez, Thomas, Apostolos Agnantopoulos, and Alper Kaliber (2005) ‘File: Turkey, Europeanization and Civil Society.’ South European Society & Politics 10, pp. 1-15

Güngen, Ali Riza, and Şafak Erten (2005) ‘Approaches of Serif Mardin and Metin Heper on State and Civil Society in Turkey.’ Journal of Historical Studies 3, pp.1-14


1| Political violence since the 1970s

1st reading group session

Date: Monday July 15th | 18:30 | The British Institute at Ankara

78liler utanc musesi

This session tries to explore multiple forms, experiences and practices of political violence as they have been encountered in Turkey since the 1970s.


Core readings:

Simten Coşar and Gamze Yücesan-Özdemir (2012) Silent Violence: Neoliberalism, Islamist Politics and the AKP Years in Turkey, Redquill books: Ottawa  [introduction and conclusions]

Ann Secor (2007) ‘“An Unrecognizable Condition Has Arrived”. Law, Violence, and the State of Exception in Turkey’, in Derek Gregory and Allan Pred (eds.), Violent Geographies: Fear, Terror, and Political Violence, Routledge: London, pp.337-353.

Kamil Yilmaz (2012) “Politics of Repentance and the Role of Repentance Laws on Individual Disengagement from Political Violence in Turkey”, International Political Anthropology, 5(1), pp.67-94

Burcu Karakas (2013) “Gezi, the Kurds, and our Kids”, Jadaliyya, June 24 – http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/12385/gezi-the-kurds-and-our-kids

Nurdan Gürbilek (2011) New Political Climate in Turkey, Zed Books: London  [Chapter 4 & 6]

Supplementary readings

Aysegul Baykan and Tali Hatuka (2010) “Politics and Culture in the Making of Public Space: Taksim Square, 1 May 1977, Istanbul.” Planning Perspectives 25(1): 49-68.

André Barrinha (2011) “The political importance of labelling: terrorism and Turkey’s discourse on the PKK”, Critical Studies on Terrorism, 4(2), pp.163-180

Tim Jacoby (2010) “Political violence, the ‘War on Terror’ and the Turkish military”, Critical Studies on Terrorism, 3(1), pp. 99-118

Fethulla Güler (2013) Respect Existence or Expect Resistance: Politicization of the Alevi Community through Madimak Massacre in the post-1990 Period – Research Paper

Martin van Bruinessen (1996) ‘Kurds, Turks and the Alevi Revival in Turkey’, Middle East Report, (200), pp.7-10.

Seyla Benhabib (1979) “The Next Iran or the Next Brazil?: Right-Wing Groups behind Political Violence in Turkey”, MERIP Reports, 77 (May), pp. 16-17

Mustafa Coşar Ünal (2012) Counter-Terrorism in Turkey, Routledge: London [chapter 1]