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Kerem Öktem


Contours of a New Republic and Signals from the Past: How to Understand Taksim Square

[Protestors clash with Turkish riot policemen on the way to Taksim Square in Istanbul on 5 June 2013. Photo by newsonline via Flickr]

Much has been written about the protests in Istanbul and Turkey, which have unfolded since the initial occupation of Gezi Park by environmental activists on 28 May. In the attempt to make sense of the massive unrest which followed, several frames of explanation have emerged: The prism of the “Tahrir Republic” and the “Arab Spring” was fast at hand, so were the references to the “Indignados” of Spain the and the “Aganaktismenoi” of Greece, and increasingly also to the Occupy ...

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Kerem Öktem


Kerem Öktem is a research fellow in the European Studies Center at St. Antony's College. His research focuses on Turkey’s politics and international relations with a particular focus on minorities and nationalism, and on Muslim politics and networks in the Balkans and Western Europe. His work has been published in Nations and Nationalism, Journal of Muslims in Europe, Journal of Southeast European StudiesMulticultural Discourses, European Journal of Turkish Studies, and Patterns of Prejudice (forthcoming 2013).