Dr Umut Parmaksız

Umut Parmaksız is a social and political theorist specializing in the study of, postsecularism, secular identities, political secularism, secularization, religion in the public sphere, migration and Turkish politics.

Dr Parmaksiz received his PhD in sociology from the University of Bristol in 2015. His thesis, Making Sense of the postsecular: A normative and analytical examination, critically examined the postsecular as a concept, its normative import and analytical utility.

Dr Parmaksız’s postdoctoral research at BIAA examines the migration of secular citizens from Turkey to the UK.


  • PhD in Sociology, University of Bristol, 2015
  • MSc in Political Science and Public Administration, Middle East Technical University, 2007
  • BSc in Political Science and Public Administration, Middle East Technical University, 2004

Selected Publications

  • Parmaksız, U. (forthcoming) Religious Language in the Postsecular Public Sphere: A Falsificationist Model, Philosophy and Social Criticism
  • Parmaksız, U. (2018) Beyond Salvaging Solidarity, in The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity, ed. Justin Beaumont, Routledge: London
  • Parmaksız, U. (2016) Secular Turks may be in the minority but they are vital to Turkey’s future. Newsweek, The Conversation. http://europe.newsweek.com/precarious-position-turkeys-secularists-496322
  • Parmaksız, U. (2016) Making Sense of the Postsecular. European Journal of Social Theory. December 15, 2016. DOI: 10.1177/1368431016682743
  • Parmaksız, U. (with Abraham, I.) (2015) “Australia and Turkey in Postsecular Perspectives”. In M. S. Michael (ed.) Reconciling Cultural and Political Identities in a Multipolar World: Perspectives on Australia-Turkey Relations, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Academic Presentations

  • ‘AKP, Secular Dissent and Postsecularity in Turkey’, 13th European Sociological Association Conference, Athens, Greece, August 2017.
  • 'Gezi Park Protests and the Postsecularisation of Social Opposition?', 14. National Social Sciences Congress, Ankara, Turkey, November 2015.
  • ‘Fullness, Oneness and the Self’, Sensing Religion, International Society for the Sociology of Religion Biennial Conference, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, July 2015.

Professional Appointments

  • Lecturer, University of Bristol, School of Sociology Politics and International Studies, 2020
  • Assistant Professor, TED University, Sociology Department, 2017
  • Instructor, Bilkent University, 2016
  • Assistant Teacher, University of Bristol, 2013

Contact Details

Email: umut.parmaksiz@biaa.ac.uk

Telephone: 00 90 312 427 54 87 

Address: The British Institute at Ankara
Atatürk Bulvarı 154, Çankaya, Ankara TR-06690, Turkey 


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