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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Vergleichende Demokratieforschung und Politische Systeme Osteuropas

Panel Discussion: The Sacred and the State in Turkey, December 10, 2018

The programme "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies" cordially invites you to the Jour Fixe panel discussion on "The Sacred and the State in Turkey" with Ceren Lord, Markus Dressler, Ertuğ Tombuş and Ayşegül Kars Kaynar (Chair)


The relation between religion and politics in Turkey is a complex issue that defies master narratives based on binaries such as secular/religion or center/periphery. Especially the political developments of the last two decades and the rise of political Islam have shown time and again that the relation between religion and the state needs to be explained beyond the misleading opposition between the authoritarian secular state and the democratic challenge of religious groups. Power relations beyond the structures of domination, practices of exclusion and discourses of otherness require a more complicated explanation.

As part of this attempt, the panel seeks to address the questions of how certain practices, discourses, and institutions (re)produce sacredness around the state and in politics. How can we understand the role of religion in the formation of state and political authority in Turkey? How does sacredness place particular identities and actors outside the critical public sphere? What are the consequences of the idea of the 'sacred state/nation' for minorities and heterodoxies in the society?

 with Ceren Lord, Markus Dressler, Ertuğ Tombuş and Ayşegül Kars Kaynar (Chair).



The event is co-organized by the programme "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies", Network Turkey, and GeT MA, the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences and funded by Stiftung Mercator.

The panel will be conducted in English. There will be a reception afterwards.
Please register via Mail at blickwechsel.tuerkei@gmail.com

*Please be advised that photographs will be taken at the event for the public outreach of the Blickwechsel programme. By entering the event, you consent to Blickwechsel photographing and using your image and likeness


When: 10.12.2018, 6-8pm

Where: Humboldt University, Senate Hall in the Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin,