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Visiting Speaker Dr. Ezgi Güner: Scramble for African Hearts: Muslim Whiteness, Islamic Civility, and Interracial Intimacy in AKP’s Turkey

When: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Online
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Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Gina Stec   (847) 467-2359

Group: Keyman Modern Turkish Studies (Northwestern Buffett)

Co-Sponsor: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


As part of the interdisciplinary series, ‘Reflections on Whiteness, Blackness, and Race in the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey’

Drawing on a multi-sited ethnography in Turkey, Tanzania, Senegal, Gambia, and Benin, Dr. Güner shows how whiteness, historically associated with Western modernity and state secularism in Turkey, is redefined as the marker of Islamic civility in and through these transnational relations. Analysis of the construction of Muslim whiteness contributes to debates on intersectionality of race and religion in the context of the Middle East, Africa, and their transnational connections.

Ezgi Güner received her PhD in Anthropology with a minor in African Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on the articulation of race and religion with global capitalism in the context of Turkey’s contemporary relations with Africa south of the Sahara. She conducted a multisited ethnography in Turkey, Tanzania, Senegal, Gambia and Benin. Guner was a visiting fellow in the Anthropology Department at Harvard University in 2018 and an Ernst Mach fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz in 2019-2020.

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