Time and Location

Tuesday, 27 May, 19 - 21
Hauptbücherei Wien - Am Gürtel, Veranstaltungssaal
Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a, 1070 Vienna


Lecture and discussion with:
Ruşen Çakır, journalist und author, Istanbul, Turkey
Chair: Ilker Ataç, Insitute for Policital Science, University of Vienna/VIDC
Opening: Michael Fanizadeh, VIDC

Languages: Turkish and German with simultaneous translation

Ruşen Çakır: Erdoğan’s System and the new Turkey

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After the June 2013 Gezi Park Protests in Turkey, criticism of the AKP government developed into something new. Initially the increasingly authoritarian government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as well as the state building policy and media censorship, was at the heart of the protests, but since the middle of December a new facet has been introduced to the political landscape: the initially AKP-affiliated Islamic Gülen movement has begun openly disputing and breaking away from their cooperation with Erdoğan. Since then the primary discussion topics have included corruption, judicial independence in Turkey, and fundamental rights, such as access to internet and social media. Journalist and author Ruşen Çakır has been occupied with the development of political Islam in Turkey since the beginning of the 1990s. In his lecture he will delve into what extent the developments of recent years will become a fundamental political change in Turkey.


Ruşen Çakır

was born on January 25, 1962 in Hopa on the Black See in northeastern Turkey. His journalist career began in 1985 at the magazine Nokta, after which he worked for Tempo, Cumhuriyet, Milliyet, CNN Türk, and NTV. Additionally he coordinates a program for democracy, civil society, and the Muslim world for the Turkish Endowment for Economic and Social Studies (TESEV) and has worked for the newspaper Vatan since 2002. Çakır is the author of 13 books, some of which he wrote together with Hıdır Göktaş, Sami Oğuz, Fehmi Çalmuk, and Irfan Bozan. He lectures on “Current Islamic Political Thought and Turkey” at the Marmara University in Istanbul and on “Islam, Democracy, and Civil Society” at State University of New York (SUNY)—University at Buffalo. In addition he is frequently a guest at conferences in Turkey and internationally.

Ilker Ataç

studied Economics and Political Science in Vienna and obtained his doctorate at the University of Frankfurt/Main in the social sciences. His research topics are migration politics, social movements, and Turkish politics. He is currently an assistant professor in the Political Science Institute of the University of Vienna and a member of the research group “Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion.” His most recent publications are: “Ökonomische und politische Krisen in der Türkei. Die Neuformierung des peripheren Neoliberalismus“, „Politik der Inklusion und Exklusion (Mithrsg.)“, and „Migration und Entwicklung: Neue Perspektiven (Mithrsg.)“.