Rethinking Kemalism: Foucauldian attempt to understand the decline of Kemalism in Turkey



The Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies

invites you to the lecture:

Rethinking Kemalism: Foucauldian attempt to understand the decline of Kemalism in Turkey


Mertkan Hamit

PhD candidate, Legal and Political Theory


In this lecture my aim is to introduce Foucauldian approach of power and interrogate Kemalist interpretations of power. In my analysis, I am going to question the declining power of Kemalism in Turkey from a Foucauldian perspective and my primary aim is to deconstruct mainstream narratives of power where the Kemalist decline can be explained beyond the Kemalist versus Islamist dichotomy. In this analysis, I am going to provide rather alternative way of reading the history and draw broader conclusions for the debates on the ways that we approach to the power.

Short CV:

Mertkan Hamit completed his undergraduate studies (Ba) in the Department of Economics of the Marmara University and he continued with postgraduate studies (Ma) on South East European Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is currently a PhD candidate on Human Rights at the School of Law and Social Sciences of the University of East London. His research interests include the Human Rights, Political Economics, Political and Legal Theory, Discourse Analysis and Nationalism. 


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

7:30 p.m.

Room A019, Old Campus

University of Cyprus


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