Delve into the contemporary history of Turkey, its societal dynamics and its current politics. Starting from the early years of the Turkish Republic before the collapse Ottoman Empire, analyze the country’s major struggles, and take a look at critical events in Turkish politics (secularism vs. Islam, Westernization vs. Ottomanism, Kurdish issue) along with critical events in Turkish politics (coup d’etats, the Kurdish insurgency, the rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan). We will conclude by discussing contemporary political challenges in Turkey, including the rise of authoritarianism, societal polarization, and rival future ideals for the country.
SULE YAYLACI, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She received her PhD in the UBC Department of Political Science, her master in science in public policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and her bachelor of science in political science and public administration at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. In her dissertation, she examines the impact of organized intrastate political violence on political culture in democratic settings. Her area expertise includes Turkey and Peru.