BIAA-TAA Lecture: Alternative Universalisms? Contemporary Turkish discourses on culture in IR

24 March 2016 19:00 to 21:00

A public lecture by Dr. K. Dalacoura (LSE)

Discussant: Dr. İlker Aytürk (Bilkent University)

The lecture is co-organised by the British Institute at Ankara and the Turkish  American Association.
Venue: TAA (Cinnah Cd. 20, Kavaklıdere, Ankara)

Lecture title: ‘Alternative Universalisms? Contemporary Turkish discourses on culture in International Relations’

Building on a long intellectual tradition going back to the late Ottoman period, debates in present-day Turkey on the role of culture and civilisation in world politics, and the relationship between modernity and Islam, are vibrant and ongoing. The lecture, drawing on the findings of a research project funded by the British Academy, will attempt to move beyond the political maelstrom and focus on the ideas of individual thinkers and intellectual trends in relative isolation. It will discuss whether there exist, within this body of thought, new possibilities of going beyond the familiar categories of East and West, secularism and Islam. It will ask whether alternative universalist understandings of culture and civilisation in world politics are on offer, or a chimera.

Dr Katerina Dalacoura is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and currently British Academy Mid-Career Fellow. Her main areas of expertise are in: human rights, democracy and democracy promotion, in the Middle East; political Islam; and culture and religion in International Relations. Her latest book, Islamist Terrorism and Democracy in the Middle East was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

The talk will be in English, followed by a commentary, a Q&A session, and a small reception. This is event is open to all. Registration required. Please email to reserve your place stating your name, affiliation, address or call +90 312 427 5487 (BIAA) or +90 312 426 2644 (TAA)

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