Şener Aktürk: “Muslim Representation in Western and Post-Communist Legislatures”

Posted on September 12th, 2013 in Events

November 1st, noon, Encina Hall, Philippines Room (616 Serra Street, map)

Annual Koç Lecture Series:

Şener Aktürk (Koç University), “Muslim Representation in Western and Post-Communist Legislatures”

Open only to Stanford affiliates. RSVP: https://creeesevents.wufoo.com/forms/zzeiftq1l1vuwb/

In this seminar, Şener Aktürk will explore Muslim minority representation in 25 Western and 20 post-communist legislatures, using descriptive and inferential statistics as well as qualitative and historical comparisons. On average, Muslims remain severely underrepresented in most Western legislatures, while they are almost proportionately represented in most post-communist ones. In explaining this variation, he will focus on forms of “consociational” power-sharing (including legacies of Communist-era affirmative action and multi-confessional power sharing), electoral systems based on proportional representation, processes of nation-building, and religious traditions.

Sener Akturk is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey). He received his B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include comparative politics, ethnicity, nationalism, post-Communist Russia and Eurasia, and qualitative research methods. His book, Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey (Cambridge University Press, 2012), received the 2013 Joseph Rothschild Prize awarded by the Association for the Study of Nationalities and the Columbia University’s Harriman Institute to the best book in the field of ethnicity and nationalism. Among his other publications are “Passport Identification and Nation-Building in Post-Soviet Russia” (Post-Soviet Affairs, 2010), “Incompatible Visions of Supra-nationalism: National Identity in Turkey and the European Union” (European Journal of Sociology, 2007), “Persistence of the Islamic Millet as an Ottoman Legacy: Mono-Religious and Anti-Ethnic Definition of Turkish Nationhood” (Middle Eastern Studies, 2009), “September 11, 1683: Myth of a Christian Europe and the Massacre in Norway“ (Insight Turkey, 2012), “The Turkish Minority in German Politics: Trends, Diversification of Representation, and Policy Implications for Turkey” (Insight Turkey, 2010), and “Between Aristotle and the Welfare State: The Establishment, Enforcement, and Transformation of the Moral Economy in Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation“ (Theoria, 2006).

This event is organized as part of the Annual Koç Lecture Series, a three-year project organized under the framework of the Mediterranean Studies Forum’s Turkish Studies Initiative and in collaboration with Stanford Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and the Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. This session is open only to Stanford affiliates.

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