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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host discussion with Lisel Hintz, political expert on Turkey and author of "Identity Politics Inside Out," November 8 in Washington, DC


The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Faculty Research Forum will host a seminar with Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies Lisel Hintz to discuss her latest book, Identity Politics Inside Out: National Identity Contestation and Foreign Policy in Turkey.

The book emphasizes the complex relationship between identity politics and foreign policy using Turkey as an in-depth case study. She examines the repositioning of foreign policy, from a cause or consequence of a state's struggles over identity, to an arena in which contestation over competing proposals for national identity take place. In doing so, she analyzes the rise of Ottoman Islamism as an understanding of Turkish national identity that challenges a previously dominant Western-oriented, secularist form of Turkishness.

Hintz is available to further discuss themes of the book, including:

  • How Turkey's ruling AKP and leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan used the EU accession process to weaken and/or reconfigure Republican Nationalist obstacles to their Ottoman Islamist proposal
  • How a specific form of Islam is being promoted in the public sphere
  • How foreign policy is targeted at achieving leadership for a "New Turkey" in the Middle East
  • How the book's "inside-out" approach to identity politics sheds light on puzzling domestic and foreign policy shifts on the EU, Syria, Russia, the Kurdish conflict, civil-military relations
  • How the book’s use of pop culture provides a unique empirical window onto identity debates

Time and Date
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Johns Hopkins SAIS
Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036

The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by emailing [email protected]. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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