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"7 Sins, 10 Fallacies, 4 Indicators, and What I Learned from Them About Decolonizing Academia" with Murat Ergin (Koç University)

When: Thursday, November 18, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online

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

Contact: Gina Stec   (847) 467-2359

Group: Keyman Modern Turkish Studies (Northwestern Buffett)

Category: Global & Civic Engagement, Academic


Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Presents

"7 Sins, 10 Fallacies, 4 Indicators, and What I Learned from Them About Decolonizing Academia" with Murat Ergin, Koç University

Thursday, Nov 18, 2021

12 pm Chicago / 8 pm İstanbul



Keyman Guest Speaker Murat Ergin (Associate Professor of Sociology, Koç University) joins us to present a talk as part of our continuing series “Reflections on Whiteness, Blackness, and Race in the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey,” featuring interdisciplinary discussions throughout this academic year.

In this presentation, Dr. Ergin considers studying race, racism, and racialization with the intention to pose several questions about current global academic hierarchies. The discussion opens with the challenges of and the resistance to employing race as a lens to understand contemporary Turkey and contrast it with the spread of everyday forms of racism. The final section discusses contemporary forms of racialization and asks how we can make the conversations along the axes of global North/South and theory/case on an even ground.

Murat Ergin is associate professor of Sociology at Koç University, İstanbul. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 2005. His research interests revolve broadly around the formation of  boundaries and identities, and include research on nationalism, race, and ethnicity; culture and cultural consumption; crime and deviance; technology; and death. He is the author of “Is the Turk a White Man?” Race and Modernity in the Making of Turkish Identity (Brill Studies in Critical Social Sciences, 2016).

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