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Politics and Gender Identity in Turkey Book Launch

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The WiSE Research Centre are delighted to invite you to the launch of the book "Politics and Gender Identity in Turkey" by Dr Umut Korkut, Reader in the Department of Law, Economics, Accountancy and Risk and member of WiSE Research Centre and Hande Eslen-Ziya.

This book looks at how centralized religion has turned into a means of controlling and organizing the Turkish polity under the AKP (Justice and Development Party) governments by presenting the results from a study on Turkish hutbes (mosque sermons), analysing how their content relates to gender roles and identities. The book argues that the political domination of a secular state as an agency over religion has not suppressed, but transformed, religion into a political tool for the same agency to organise the polity and the society along its own ideological tenets. It looks at how this domination organises gender roles and identities to engender human capital to serve for a neoliberal economic developmentalism. The book then discusses the limits of this domination, reflecting on how its subjects position themselves between the politicoreligious authority and their secular lives.

Professor Claire Dunlop, Professor of Politics and Public Policy & Director of Research at University of Exeter will launch the book. A political scientist, Professor Dunlop's main research interests are the politics of expertise and knowledge utilization; epistemic communities and advisory politics; risk governance; policy learning and analysis; impact assessment; and policy narratives. She explores these conceptual interests at both UK and EU levels principally, and most frequently in relation to agricultural, food and environmental issues. Most recently, she has started to research LGBT legislation in the UK.

This event will take place on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at 5pm in The Conservatory, Hamish Wood Building, Glasgow Caledonian University. Dr Korkut will discuss the book and light refreshments will be provided.


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