Associate Professor Şener Aktürk– Koç University
“Political Origins of Religious Homogeneity in Western Europe, 1209-1609.”
Date&Time: 21.11.2019, Thursday, 13.30
Şener Aktürk is a scholar of comparative politics broadly defined, with a focus on comparative politics of ethnicity, religion, and nationalism, especially in Germany, Russia, and Turkey, and is an Associate Professor at Koç University in Istanbul. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Government, both at Harvard University. His book, Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey (Cambridge University Press, 2012) received the 2013 Joseph Rothschild book prize from the Association for the Study of Nationalities and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. While writing on German, Russian, and Turkish politics primarily, Akturk has also published on identity politics in Afghanistan, Algeria, Austria, Greece, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and Central Asia. His articles were published in World Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Social Science Quarterly, European Journal of Sociology, Turkish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Osteuropa, Nationalities Papers, Theoria, Ab Imperio, All Azimuth, Insight Turkey, Turkish Policy Quarterly and Central Eurasian Studies Review, among others. He is the recipient of Peter Odegard Award, Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant, Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award (3rd place), Baki Komsuoğlu Social Sciences Encouragement Award, Kadir Has Social Sciences Prize, TÜBA Young Scientist Award, and mostly recently, TÜBİTAK Incentive Prize (2019).