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.