Supported Publications: Contemporary History, Social & Political Sciences

A selection of publications and research output in the fields of Contemporary History, Social & Political Sciences supported by the BIAA. This list includes monographs, edited works and journal articles that are the outcome of research funded or supported by the BIAA in various ways (fellowships, small or large research grants, conference/workshop support, works of appointed academic staff, etc.). The list follows a chronological order. Please scroll down to navigate through the items.


Leonidas Karakatsanis (BIAA Assistant Director):
> Karakatsanis, L. (2019) “From Pioneers of Peace to Facilitators of Co-operation? Civil Society in Turkish-Greek Relations” in Alexis Heraclides, Gizem Alioğlu Çakmak  (eds) Greece and Turkey in Conflict and Cooperation. From Europeanization to De-Europeanization, Routledge 2019

Gizem Tongo (Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-20):
> Tongo, G. (2019) “‘Civilisation and Competence’: Displaying Ottoman War Paintings to Their Allies’”, in The Great War in the Middle East: A Clash of Empires, edited by Rob Johnson and James Kitchen (London; New York: Routledge,: 275-307.
> Tongo, G. “Ressam Mihri’nin İstanbul Söyleşisi (1919)” (Interview with Painter Mihri in Istanbul, 1919), Toplumsal Tarih (March 2019): 54-58.
> Tongo, G. Editorial: “İstanbul’dan New York’a Bir Kadın Ressamın Portresi” (From Istanbul to New York: Portrait of a Woman Painter”), co-authored with Özlem Gülin Dağoğlu, Toplumsal Tarih, No: 303 (March 2019): 26-28.
> Tongo, G. (forthcoming) “An Ambivalent Patriot: Namık İsmail, the First World War, and the Politics of Remembrance in Turkey”, in Painting, Memory, and the First World War, edited by Margaret Hutchinson and Steven Trout. Alabama: The University of Alabama Press

Ender Peker (Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-17):
> Peker, E. and Aydin, C. I. (forthcoming) Cities in the face of climate change: Adaptation and mitigation strategies for local authorities, Policy Brief (in Turkish)
> Peker, E. and Ataov, A. (forthcoming) Exploring the ways in which campus open space design influence students’ learning experiences, Landscape Research



John McManus Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football

The first book to shine a light on contemporary Turkish football. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, archival material and interviews, it explores the social, cultural, economic and political impact of Turkey's favourite game.


John McManus was the 2016-18 BIAA Postdoctoral Fellow

2018 Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes:

Gizem Tongo (Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-20):
>  Tongo, G. (2018) “Eleni Iliadis (1895-1975): Une artiste grecque ottomane dans l'Istanbul fin-de-siécle", CLIO. Femmes, Genre, Histoire, No: 48: 43-67.

Peter Cherry (Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-18):
> Cherry, P. (2018), Review of the book: Daniel S. Katz, The Shaping of Turkey in the British Imagination (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Comparative Critical Studies 16 (1), pp. 115–120.
> Cherry, P., “Brexlit”: Literary Responses to Brexit, translated into Greek by Leonidas Karakatsanis, Syghrona Themata (Contemporary Issues) 140, (2018), pp. 81-4.

John McManus (Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-18):
> McManus, J. (2018) “Modern Enchantments: Media, Fandom and Distraction Amongst Diaspora Turkish Football Supporters.” Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 83, no. 4: 762–81.
> McManus, J. (2018) Review of the book: “Football in Turkey”, Soccer in Society, 19 (4), 635-638.
> McManus, J., ‘Will Turkey finally get to host a major sporting event? Germany hopes not’, The Washington Post, 25th September 2018.
> McManus, J., ‘It’s not just Mesut Özil. All diaspora footballers face the same conflict’, The Guardian, 23rd July 2018

Ender Peker (Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-17):
> Peker, E. (2018) Searching for a democratic decision-making process under the auspices of a powerful political leader: The case of Rize, Action Research


Publications by Grant Recipients: 

> Algan, E. (2018, in press). The globalization of Turkish television industry: New trends in content flow, in Shimpach S. (ed.), Routledge Companion to Global Television. New York & London: Routledge.



Leonidas Karakatsanis & Nikolas Papadogiannis (eds) Politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus: Perfoming the Left since the sixties 

This book explores the intersection between the politics and cultures of the Left since the sixties in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. With the use of 12 case studies, the contributors expose the moments in which the Left has been claimed and performed, not only through political manifestos and traditional political boundaries, but also through corporeal acts, discursive practices and affective encounters. These are all transformed into distinct modalities of everyday life and conduct, which are commemorated, narrated or sung, versed, painted, or captured in photographic images and on reels of tape.

Emma Baysal and Leonidas Karakatsanis (eds) Bordered Places - Bounded Times: Crossdisciplinary Perspectives on Turkey

Result of a BIAA workshop organised by the then BIAA Postdoctoral Fellows Emma Baysal and Leonidas Karakatsanis. Building on similarities and exploring differences in the way scholars undertake their research, this volume presents crossdisciplinary communication on the study of borders, frontiers and boundaries through time, with a focus on Turkey. Standing at the dividing/connecting line between Europe and Asia, Turkey emerges as a place carrying a rich history of multiple layers of borders that have been drawn, shifted or unmade from the remote past until today: from Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers to the period of early states in the Bronze Age, from the poleis of classical antiquity to the period of the empires defined by the Roman expansion and Byzantine rule, from the imprints of the Ottoman state’s expanded frontiers to contemporary Turkey’s national borders. 

Leonidas Karakatsanis is the current Assistant Director of the BIAA - Emma Baysal was the 2012-13 BIAA Postdoctoral Fellow.

Magdalena Craciun Islam, Faith, and Fashion: The Islamic Fashion Industry in Turkey

The subject of religion and dress in Turkey has been debated at great length both in academia and the media. Through in-depth ethnographic research into the Turkish fashion market and the work of a category of newcomers, namely headscarf-wearing fashion professionals, Islam, Faith and Fashion examines entrepreneurship in this market and the aesthetic desirability, religious suitability, and ethical credibility of fashionable Islamic dress.

Magdalena Craciun started working on this book during her 2011-12 BIAA Postdoctoral Fellowship

2017 Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes:

Leonidas Karakatsanis (BIAA Assistant Director): 
Karakatsanis, L.  (2017). 'From Excitement to Boredom: Politics of Emotions and Turkish–Greek Friendship after 1999, in Bayındır Goularas, G. and Sezgin Erkan, H. (eds.) Rethinking Greek-Turkish Relations Since 1999. London: Lexington Books.
Karakatsanis, L.  & Baysal, E. (2017). 'Expanding the perspective. Towards a deep history of borders, boundaries and frontiers in Bordered Places, Bounded Times. In Bordered Places, Bounded times (see above).
Karakatsanis, L. and Papadogiannis, N. (2017) 'Performing the Left in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus' in The politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus (see above).
> N. Papadogiannis and Karakatsanis, L. (2017) ‘Afterword: The Left beyond concluding – performance and culture as critique’ in The Politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Performing the Left since the Sixties
> Karakatsanis, L. (2017) 'Repositioned / re-signified: Echoes of violence, aporias of solidarity between Cyprus, Turkey and Greece' InThe politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.

Karakatsanis, L. and Papadogiannis, N. (2017) 'Across borders and generations: Remembering and Imagining the Left.An interview with Foti Benlisoy  and Nikos Moudouros' in The politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.
> Karakatsanis, L. (2017) Review of the book: Featherstone, Kevin, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Argyris Mamarelis, and Georgios Niarchos (2011) The Last Ottomans: the Muslim Minority of Greece 1940-1949. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Historein vol 16 issue 1-2

Peter Cherry (Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-18):
> Cherry, P., Review of the book: Murat Ergin, Is the Turk a White Man? Race and Modernity in the Making of Turkish Identity (Leiden: Brill, 2017) for British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

Daniel Joseph McArthur Seal (Research Fellow 2014-17):
> McArthur-Seal, D.J. (2017) "Intoxication and Imperialism: Nightlife in Occupied Istanbul, 1918–23 " in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2017) 37 (2)

Neophytos Loizides, Djordje Stefanovic and Ayse Betul Celik (Guest Ediotors)
Loizides, N. et al (2017) "Peace Processes and Durable Returns", Special section in International Migration (issue 55; 5).

This special section includes selected papers presented at the workshop “Peace Processes and Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement“ which was held at the BIAA in 2015 (17-19 April).    




Elisabetta Costa Social Media in Southeast Turkey (UCL 2016)

This book presents an ethnographic study of social media in Mardin, a medium-sized town located in the Kurdish region of Turkey. The town is inhabited mainly by Sunni Muslim Arabs and Kurds, and has been transformed in recent years by urbanisation, neoliberalism and political events. Elisabetta Costa uses her 15 months of ethnographic research to explain why public-facing social media is more conservative than offline life. Yet, at the same time, social media has opened up unprecedented possibilities for private communications between genders and in relationships among young people – Costa reveals new worlds of intimacy, love and romance. She also discovers that, when viewed from the perspective of people’s everyday lives, political participation on social media looks very different to how it is portrayed in studies of political postings separated from their original complex, and highly socialised, context.

Elisabetta Costa & Laura Menin (guest eds.) Special issue: Digital Intimacies: Exploring Digital Media and Intimate Lives in the Middle East and North Africa. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 9(2)

Over the last decade, the spread of digital technologies has profoundly reshaped intimate lives worldwide, transforming the ways in which people are involved in intimate relationships and experience love, sexuality and emotions in everyday lives. Like other places, in the Middle East, millions use the internet on a daily basis to access a variety of music and cultural products, and to communicate, create and maintain relationships with partners, family members, friends and lovers, as well as for activism. This special issue aims to fill the gap in the scholarship on intimate lives and digital media in Middle East by focusing on the everyday uses of digital platforms and addressing their material, gendered and imaginative implications for practices.

Elisabetta Costa completed the above book and journal special issue during her BIAA Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-16) 

Leonidas Karakatsanis & Marc Herzog (guest eds.) Special Issue: Radicalization and transformation in South-Eastern Europe: States, societies and contentious politics. Journal of Contemporary European Studies 24(2)

At the end of the 2000s, after a long period where stability and consensus politics had dominated over the turbulent past of ethnic conflict and sharp political boundaries in Southeaster Europe, contentious politics returned to the picture. Starting with the December 2008 uprising in Greece, in many states in the region, including Turkey, Bulgaria and Bosnia, an intensification of the way politics was previously performed started becoming apparent in protests, strikes, occupations of public space, the rise of social media as a site of mobilisation and the increasing numbers of people participating in old or new ways of vociferous claiming against their governments. Drawing on similarities and differences of this kind, all the contributors to this issue examine the different qualities of radicalisation (or de-radicalisation) processes that their case studies reflect and connect them to broader transformative processes within the societies and states under study.

Leonidas Karakatsanis & Marc Herzog are the current and previous Assistant Directors of the BIAA

 2016 Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes:

Leonidas Karakatsanis (BIAA Assistant Director):
> "‘We’, ‘they’ and the ‘human’ in the middle: foreign interventions for ‘humanitarian reasons’ during the nineteenth century in Turkish historiography“ in Middle Eastern Studies 52(2), and
> "Radicalised citizens vs. radicalised governments? Greece and Turkey in a comparative perspective from the December 2008 uprising to the 2013 Gezi Park protests" in the Journal of Contemporary European Studies 24(2).

Elisabetta Costa (BIAA Postdoctoral Fellow 2015-16) pubished her article "The Morality of Premarital Romances" in the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 9(2)

Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal (BIAA Project Fellow 2015-16) published his research findings in Toplumsal Tarih (269) in an article titled: ‘Sarhoşluk ve Emperyalizm’.


Maria Couroucli & Tchavdar Marinov (eds.) Balkan Heritages: Negotiating History and Culture (Routledge 2015 & British School at Athens - Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies)

This volume deals with the relation between heritage, history and politics in the Balkans. Contributions examine diverse ways in which material and immaterial heritage has been articulated, negotiated and manipulated since the nineteenth century. The major question addressed here is how modern Balkan nations have voiced claims about their past by establishing ’proof’ of a long historical presence on their territories in order to legitimise national political narratives. Focusing on claims constructed in relation to tangible evidence of past presence, especially architecture and townscape, the contributors reveal the rich relations between material and immaterial conceptions of heritage. This comparative take on Balkan public uses of the past also reveals many common trends in social and political practices, ideas and fixations embedded in public and collective memories.

The volume is the outcome of the workshop organised under the BIAA-BSA project: Balkan Futures

2015 Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes:

Işılay Gürsu (BIAA Cultural Heritage Management Felllow) published her article “‘If You Do Not Visit, We Will Take It Away’: An Analysis of a Communication Campaign for Italian Cultural Heritage” in Anthropological Quarterly 88(2).

Marc Herzog (BIAA Assistant Director) co-authored the chapter "Turkey and the Arab Uprisings" together with Derya Göçer  that appeared in the volume Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratization, edited by Larbi Sadiki (Routledge 2015)

Leonidas Karakatsanis (BIAA Project Fellow 2014-16) published his chapter titled: NGOs, Minority Politics and Alterity in Pre-Crisis Athens. A Case Study from Gazi and Metaxourgeio" in the volume Austerity and the Third Sector in Greece: Civil Society at the European Frontline, edited by Jennifer Clarke, Asteris Huliaras and Dimitris Sotiropoulos (Routledge 2015)


Shane Brennan & Marc Herzog (eds) Turkey and the Politics of National Identity: Social, Economic and Cultural Transformation (IB Tauris 2014)

In the first decade of the twenty-first century Turkey experienced an extraordinary set of transformations. Shane Brennan and Marc Herzog explore how these changes have shaped the way people in Turkey perceive themselves and how the country's self-image shapes its actions. Through different approaches engaging with politics, economy, society, culture and history, they offer new perspectives on the transformation of national identity in this increasingly influential country in the Middle East.

Co-editor Marc Herzog was the BIAA's Assistant Director (2012-2015) 

Marc Herzog & Philip Robins (eds) The Role, Position and Agency of Cusp States in International Relations (Routledge 2014)

This work seeks to develop a new concept with which to analyse the actions and activities of states that tend to be relatively ignored by the discipline of International Relations (IR). As a discipline, IR has a tendency to lean towards the analytically safe. Given the current and recent dynamism of the international system that is both surprising and undesirable. Arranged around the concept of the idea of the Cusp State (and cuspness more generally), the book consists of empirical analysis of eight different countries Brazil, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey and Ukraine, defined as ‘states that lie uneasily on the political and/or normative edge of what is widely believed to be an established region’.

Co-editor Marc Herzog was the BIAA's Assistant Director (2012-2015)

Leonidas Karakatsanis Turkish-Greek Relations: Rapprochement, Civil Society and the Politics of Friendship (Routledge 2014)

Turkish-Greek relations are marked by a long trajectory of enmity and tension. This book sets out to explore the ‘other side’ of that history, focusing on initiatives that have promoted contact between the two societies and encouraged rapprochement. Presenting a new critical re-description of Turkish-Greek rapprochement processes over a lengthy time span (1974-2013),Turkish-Greek Relations offers innovative explanations for the emergence of the reconciliation movement.

Leonidas Karakatsanis (current BIAA Assistant Director) completed this monograph during his Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013-14) 

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The study of material culture demonstrates that objects make people just as much as people make, exchange and consume objects. But what if these objects are, in the eyes of others, only fakes? What kind of material mirror are people looking into? Are their real selves really reflected in this mirror? This book provides an original and revealing study into engagements with objects that are not what they are claimed and presumed to be and, subsequently, are believed to betray their makers as well as users.located in the same Euro-Mediterranean space. Instead, the emphasis here is on interpreting the Mediterranean as a world traversed by trade routes and associated cultural and intellectual networks through which ideas, people and goods regularly travelled.

Magda Craciun completed this monograph during her BIAA Postdoctoral fellowship 2011-12


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