ONLINE LECTURE: Secular Migration from Turkey to the UK

29 July 2021 19:00 to 20:30 | Online

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A BIAA Online Lecture with Umut Parmaksız (British Institute at Ankara) and Discussant: Besim Can Zırh (Middle East Technical University)

Thursday 29th July 2021 | 17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

In the last two decades, growing social conservativism and certain government policies have been points of grievance amongst a large part of Turkish society. This growing dissatisfaction with the politics of Turkey can in turn be understood to have caused a flow of migrants, mostly from middle class, professional, secular backgrounds with high social and cultural capital, from Turkey into various European countries, including the UK. This talk, drawing on semi-structured interviews, will examine the experiences and motivations of secular Turkish citizens who have migrated from Turkey to the UK in light of this social, political and cultural transformation. Parmaksız argues that an important motivation for migration has been a reaction to successive Turkish governments’ efforts to deepen and extend the reach of, what he calls, the Islamonormative social and cultural order of Turkey.

Dr Umut Parmaksiz is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the British Institute At Ankara (BIAA). He holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Bristol and has previously worked as a lecturer at the same university. His research interest intersects social and political theory, and he is particularly interested in the debates on postsecularism, religion in the public sphere, secularization and secular groups.

Dr Besim Can Zırh is an assistant professor of Social Anthropology at the Middle East Technical University (Ankara), Sociology Department. He received his PhD from UCL Social Anthropology Department in 2012 and previous graduated from Political Sciences (MSc) in 2005 and Sociology (BA) in 2002 – METU. Dr. Zırh has been working on transnational migration, diaspora politics and Alevism. 

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