Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Beyond the Narrative of Authoritarian Turn: Labour Politics in Turkey

APIR seminar with Ezgi Pinar (Freie Universität Berlin), discussant: İrem Ebetürk (WZB)

We cordially invite you to the next session of our workshop series on Authoritarian Politics and International Relations at WZB!

Ezgi Pinar's talk intends to search for the link and interplay between the labour regime and the political regime in Turkey. It addresses the authoritarianism discussions in Turkey and tries to point out conceptual and theoretical drawbacks of existing analyses. These discussions largely revolve around the state of emergency discussions and increasing security measures and repressive politics and rising of an authoritarian leader. Here, I will suggest to go beyond the super-structural analyses and look at the labour regime that can be understood within the context of capital accumulation processes and strategies. It recalls a labour-oriented perspective and based on the this, it would argue that the so-called authoritarianism in Turkey has a long-history soaring the state of emergency regime in Turkey.

İrem Ebetürk is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Global Governance Research Unit, WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

The seminar series aims at bringing together scholars from Comparative Politics and International Relations. We invite papers combining comparative authoritarianism and IR, as well as contributions that help clarify important theoretical concepts and empirical patterns in either discipline. Colleagues interested in presenting in the workshop series should email Alex Tokhi (alexandros.tokhi [at] wzb.eu) or Alex Schmotz (alexander.schmotz [at] wzb.eu).

When: Once a month on a Tuesday afternoon (see dates below)

Where: WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin, Room A305

What: A classic format: 90 minute research seminar with one paper presentation (15 min), one discussant (10), and plenty of time for Q&A

Who: All scholars from WZB and the Berlin area and anyone interested in authoritarian politics and/or international relations

The next sessions you can find here.

Organized by Alexandros Tokhi (Department Global Governance) and Alexander Schmotz (Department of Democracy & Democratisation)