Evening Session II: Turkey

Tuesday, 15:15 - 17:00, Room 9 (downstairs)

Chair: Caner Tekin (Ruhr University, Bochum)

Aylin Özman and Gülsen Seven (TED University, Ankara)
Aylin Özman received her BSc (Hons.) from Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Political Science and Public Administration in 1988, her MA there in 1990, and her Ph.D in 1995 from Bilkent University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. She served as a Research Assistant at Bilkent University in the Department of International Relations between 1990-1993 and in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration between 1993-1995. She joined Hacettepe University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration in 1997 and became a full Professor in 2010. She has lectured at METU and Başkent University. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at London University, School of Oriental and African Studies, and at Erfurt University. She teaches courses on political science, state theories, political theory, ideologies, Turkish politics and gender. Her research interests include Turkish politics and political thought, political theory, and gender studies. She has published nationally and internationally and given conference presentations and seminars on these topics.

Gülşen Seven is a recent PhD graduate. She has a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Public Administration from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and a double major degree in Sociology from the same university. She obtained her Master’s in Media and Cultural Studies in 2008 at Middle East Technical University and completed her doctoral studies, part of which she undertook at Cambridge University (UK), in Political Science and Public Administration in 2017 and at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Seven has been a regular reviewer of books on political theory for Political Studies Review. She is also very keen on disseminating research through workshops and conferences and has been invited to several international events. Her research interests fall broadly within political theory, especially contemporary political theory and include democracy, constitutionalism, judicial activism, realism and moralism in political theory, the relationship between ethics and politics and between political theory and political practice, the notion of political judgement, and the phenomenon and nature of political leadership.

Selim Erdem Aytac (Koc University)
Selim Erdem Aytaç is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of International Relations at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. He received his Ph.D. from Yale in December 2014. He is the recipient of the Young Scientist Award (2016) from the Academy of Sciences of Turkey and of the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award (2018). Dr. Aytaç's research interests lie in political behaviour with a focus on democratic accountability and political participation. He is also involved in a number of research projects on Turkish political behaviour and public opinion.

Tugce Ercetin (Istanbul Bilgi University)
Tuğçe Erçetin is a PhD candidate at Istanbul Bilgi University, writing her dissertation, which is entitled Understanding the Formulation and Articulation of Populism Over We-ness, Scrutinizing Both the Supply-Side Approach and the Recipients. She earned a Master’s in Political Science from the University of Essex with a thesis examining the perceptions of Armenian minorities in Turkey. She completed her second Master’s in International Relations, focusing on ordinary people and their nationalist poems during the Cold War period. She completed her undergraduate studies in the same department at Kadir Has University with high honours. She was also a Research Assistant for different projects on Othering, Populism, and Syrian Refugees at Istanbul Bilgi University. Currently she is maintaining her Research Fellow and Project Coordinator position at the İstanbul Political Research Institute.


Pelin AyanIsabella Iagrosso (Anglo-American University in Prague) and Marek Hudík (University of Economics, Prague)
Pelin Ayan Musil is a Senior Lecturer in politics at Anglo-American University in Prague. Her fields of specialization are political parties, movements, regime change, democratisation and the contemporary Middle East with a focus on Turkey. Her co-authored and solely-authored articles have appeared in International Political Science Review, South European Society and Politics, Turkish Studies, Teaching in Higher Education, Acta Politologica and New Perspectives. She is also the author of Authoritarian Party Structures and Democratic Political Setting in Turkey (Palgrave, 2011) and the co-editor of Party Politics in Turkey: A Comparative Perspective (Routledge, 2018). Currently she manages two research projects supported by the Czech Science Foundation. One deals with the transformation of Islamist and pro-Kurdish parties in Turkey, and the other focuses on analysing democratic recessions in the post-communist and Muslim world from a comparative perspective.

Isabella Iagrosso is a Master’s student in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Anglo-American University in Prague. After earning a BA in Political Science at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, Isabella moved to Prague to pursue her studies. She has experience working in European projects and is currently employed at SAP Services as a Human Resource Associate. Her major research topics are Italian politics, populism, the radical right and nonviolent conflicts.

Marek Hudík is a researcher at the Business Administration Faculty, University of Economics in Prague. His primary research interests include institutional and organisational economics, political economy, game theory, and the philosophy and history of economics. He has published papers in journals such as Journal of Institutional Economics, Journal of Economic Methodology, International Journal of Game Theory, and History of Political Economy.