2013 Koç Lecture Series to Host Şener Aktürk

Posted on October 24th, 2013 by Med Studies Staff in Forum Highlights

By Tre’vell Anderson

The Mediterranean Studies Forum, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies will host its annual Koç Lecture Series next week featuring Koç University’s Şener Aktürk. The series is the second in a three-year partnership with the Istanbul, Turkey-based university and is aimed at facilitating transatlantic collaboration in the humanities and social sciences.

Aktürk is an emerging international relations scholar and faculty member at Koç University. Educated at the University of Chicago and University of California, Berkeley, his research interests fall at the intersection of politics, ethnicity, nationalism and (post-)communism in the context of Europe, Russia and Eurasia. His book, Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey, was awarded the 2013 Joseph Rothschild Prize as the best book in the field of ethnicity and nationalism. His lecture, of the same name, will explore and illuminate his research and its particular implication for an American audience.

Burcak Keskin-Kozat, Associate Director of the Mediterranean Studies Forum and the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, encourages students and faculty alike to attend the lecture for informed commentary about the pressing social, economic, religious and cultural issues in Europe and Eurasia.

“Comparisons that Şener Aktürk will draw about Mediterranean regimes of ethnicity may provide a productive background to rethink U.S. society and foreign policy,” Keskin-Kozat said.

As part of the partnership with Koç University’s Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Stanford history professor Joel Beinin will lecture at Koç University in March 2014. As a historian of the Middle East, he takes a particular focus on Egypt and labor movements.

Aktürk’s lecture will take place in Tresidder Memorial Union on October 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Sener Akturk’s award-winning book may be purchased at the event venue.

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