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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Diversity and Social Conflict

Özgür Özvatan, Doctoral Candidate

Özgür Özvatan Doctoral Candidate
oezguer.oezvatan (at) hu-berlin.de

Einrichtung (OKZ)
Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Sozialwissenschaften → G.Simmel Prof. Comparative Studies on Diversity/Social Conflicts
Universitätsstraße 3b , Raum 331

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Research Fellow with the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) and The Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR). Visiting Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne, School of Political and Social Science in the Summer Semester 2020.


Research Interests

Political Sociology, Belonging, the Far Right, Discourse and Narrative Theory, Collective Learning Theory, Case Study Methodology


Academic Background

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, School of Political and Social Science (in 2020) within the framework of the "Media, Migration and Politics: A Comparative Study of Media Representations of Immigrants in Germany and Australia" project funded by the Berlin University Alliance.

Research Cluster Coordinator, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (starting year 2019)

Research and teaching fellow, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences, Diversity and Social Conflict (November 2017 to December 2018)

PhD Candidate, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (starting year 2017); Dissertation Project: Dilemmas of Turkish German Belonging: Politics of Homeland and National Will. Supervisor: Prof. Gökçe Yurdakul

MA in Social Sciences (2017), thesis (Un-)Learning Diversity: Explaining Electoral Advances of the AfD Party Through the Narrative Paradigm. Supervisory committee: Klaus Eder and Claudius Wagemann

BA in Social Sciences (2014), thesis Kollektives Lernen der Deutschen Politik in der Integrationsdebatte? Eine Analyse des Wandels parteipolitischer Narrative zwischen 2001 und 2013. Supervisory committee: Klaus Eder and Naika Foroutan.



WORKING PAPER: M. Engelken-Jorge, B. Forchtner, Ö. Özvatan, K. Eder. The Making of Exclusionary and Inclusionary Populism. From Narrative Genres to Collective Learning Processes. 


WORKING PAPER: Ö. Özvatan. The Great Secession. Exploring the Turkish Issue in German Politics. 


WORKING PAPER: Ö. Özvatan and Ö. Muti. Same same but different? The Making of Exclusionary Populism through Memory Politics in Germany and Turkey. 


BLOG: G. Yurdakul, Ö. Özvatan and B. Forchtner (2019). Bikinis, Blondes, and Burkas: Gender and Islam in the German Far Right. EpiCenter, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.


JOURNAL ARTICLE: (equal co-authors) S. Metzger and Ö. Özvatan (2019). Games of Belonging: Football, Boundaries and Politics in Turkey and Germany. Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity.


BOOK CHAPTER: B. Forchtner and Ö. Özvatan (2019). Beyond the German forest: Environmental communication by the German Far Right. In The Far Right and the Environment: Politics, Discourse, Communication edited by Bernhard Forchtner. London, Routledge.


BOOK CHAPTER: Ö. Özvatan and B. Forchtner (2019). The Far-Right Alternative für Deutschland in Germany: Towards a ‘Happy Ending‘?. In The New Authoritarianism: A Risk Analysis of the Alt-Right edited by Alan Waring. Hannover, ibidem.


BLOG: Ö. Özvatan (2018). Politics of Turkish European Belonging in the Era of 'National Rebirth'. EuropeNow, Journal for Research and Art, Council for European Studies at Columbia University (NY). https://www.europenowjournal.org/2018/10/18/politics-of-turkish-european-belonging-in-the-era-of-national-rebirth/


OP-ED: Ö. Özvatan (2019). Radical-Right Backlash against the Games of Belonging. The Case of Mesut Özil. openDemocracy, section 'Can Europe make it?', February 19, 2019. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/can-europe-make-it/radical-right-backlash-against-games-of-belonging-case-of-mesut-zil/

OP-ED: G. Yurdakul, Ö.Özvatan and A. Korteweg (2018). Feminism gone bad? Women's organisations and the hard right in Germany. openDemocracy, section 'Can Europe make it?', October 3, 2018.


OP-ED: Ö. Özvatan and B. Forchtner (2018). The Alternative for Germany and the Myth of National Rebirth. Fair Observer, September 13, 2018. https://www.fairobserver.com/region/europe/alternative-for-germany-radical-right-europe-news-analysis-15333/ 


OP-ED: Ö. Özvatan (2017). German-Turkish tensions in a collapsing Jamaica coalition. openDemocracy, section 'Can Europe make it?', November 20, 2017. 


OP-ED: G. Yurdakul and Ö. Özvatan (2017). Doppelte Staatsbürgerschaft: Ethnie oder Diversität? Tagesspiegel Causa, January 11, 2017.

OP-ED: Ö. Özvatan and G. Yurdakul (2017). Familie im Grundgesetz. Ein Grundrecht auf Familie – für alle! Tagesspiegel Causa, September 20, 2017.



2019 BIM Research Colloquium, undergraduate and graduate level, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences (co-teaching with Prof. Yurdakul & Dr. Wilcke)

2018 Sociology and Demography, undergraduate level, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences

2018 Migration and belonging in post-national Europe: The interrelational perspective. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences (co-teaching with Prof. Yurdakul)

2017 Case Study Methodology, undergraduate level, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences


Conference&Workshop Presentation

Turkish-German Politics of (Non-)Belonging: Narrativity, Boundaries and Collective Learning Theory. Presented at a Fellow Workshop organized by the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. November 2019.  

'German-Turkish Belonging: A Story of Failed Political Messages'. Presented at the Council for European Studies (CES) in Madrid. June 2019. 

'Transnational blame games: Populist challenges to German-Turkish politics?'. Workshop 'The New Right and the New Left: Continuity, Rupture and the Politics of Emotion in Europe' organized by the European Institute at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). November 2018.

'Poltics of German-Turkish Belonging: Struggles over Cathargic and Happy Endings'. ECPR General Conference, August 2018. 

‘Transnational blame games: Populist challenges to German-Turkish politics?`. PhD Workshop The European Union, Turkey and its Wider Neighbourhood’ organized by the Horizon 2020 FEUTURE project at Institut Barcelona d‘Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). October 2017.

Beyond the German forest: Environmental communication by the German far right’. International workshop on ‚Far Right Environmental Communication in Europe`. June 2017, University of Leicester.

‘Transnational Belonging? Debates on Collective Belonging in Turkey and Germany`. Migration Network Workshop at the Humboldt University of Berlin organized in cooperation with UCLA, Sciences Po, and University of Witwatersrand. September 2016.

‘Anti-Diversity Discourses of the German Alternative for Germany (AfD): The 'Refugee Crisis' boosting AfD 2015 infights?’. Presented at the 2016 International Confererence of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

‘Games of Belonging. Negotiating National Identity in Turkey and Germany’. 21st World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities at Columbia University in the City of New York. April 2016.


Research Assistance

2014-17: Student and Research Assistant, Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Diversity and Social Conflict

2016 Research Fellow to the Princeton-Humboldt Strategic Partnership Program
Project title: EUROFORT: How the Rest of the World Affects European Integration.
Principal Investigators: Prof. Ellen Immergut and Dr. Sophie Meunier

Gökçe Yurdakul (2016). Jews, Muslims and the Ritual Male Circumcision Debate: Religious Diversity and Social Inclusion in Germany.