S07E01: Ulrike Flad­er on Turkey at the Crossroads

This episode explores the far-reach­ing impli­ca­tions of the recent Turk­ish elec­tions. In a close­ly con­test­ed elec­tion, Pres­i­dent Erdoğan has won a third term in office, dash­ing hopes of a return to a lib­er­al, sec­u­lar, pro-Euro­pean gov­ern­ment in Turkey. What led to this result espe­cial­ly after the impact of the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake and plum­met­ing val­ue of the Turk­ish lira? And what aspects of soft author­i­tar­i­an­ism play a role in the country’s cur­rent polit­i­cal conditions?

Guest fea­tured in this episode: 

Ulrike Flad­er is a lec­tur­er in social anthro­pol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bre­men. She’s also a post­doc­tor­al researcher in the research group on soft author­i­tar­i­an­ism. Ulrike earned her Ph.D. at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Man­ches­ter and has worked on, but also worked in Turkey for many years. She lost her posi­tion at a pri­vate uni­ver­si­ty in Istan­bul in ear­ly 2016 due to the repres­sion towards the aca­d­e­mics for peace. Her research inter­ests are in polit­i­cal anthro­pol­o­gy, focus­ing specif­i­cal­ly on the anthro­pol­o­gy of the state, gov­ern­men­tal­i­ty, cit­i­zen­ship, polit­i­cal sub­jec­tiv­i­ty, social move­ments and the every­day. Her main area of exper­tise is Turk­ish pol­i­tics and soci­ety, and among her pub­li­ca­tions, let me men­tion two: “Know­ing the State and Coun­ter­ing Assim­i­la­tion” which is in print, and “Build­ing Alter­na­tive Com­mu­ni­ties With­in the State: The Kur­dish Move­ment, Local Munic­i­pal­i­ties, and Demo­c­ra­t­ic Auton­o­my” which came out in 2019 togeth­er with Çetin Gürer.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.