Sociological Investigations

Aykan Erdemir

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Aykan
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Erdemir
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Researcher

Aykan Erdemir is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology of Middle East Technical University (METU) where he teaches courses on social and political anthropology, and the anthropology of Europe and the Middle East. He is also the Deputy Dean of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Director of the German-Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences, a dual-diploma program of Humboldt-Universität and METU.

Zana Citak

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Zana
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Citak
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Researcher

Zana Citak is Vice-Chair of the Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University. She works on issues in secularism, religion, nationalism, and politics. Her current research examines Islam in Europe from a comparative perspective.

Smita Tewari Jassal

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Smita Tewari
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Jassal
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Researcher

Smita Tewari Jassal has been at the graduate School of Social Sciences, METU since 2009. She was the Haas Visiting Professor in Anthropology at Brandeis University from 2008-2009. She has taught at Columbia University and at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. Over the last decade she researched Indian culture and society in the context of human rights, the role of women and development and issues of politics and society in the Indian subcontinent.

Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir

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Tugba Tanyeri
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Erdemir
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Researcher

Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir is the Director of the Science and Technology Museum, and a member of the Executive Board of the Centre for Society and Science at Middle East Technical University. Dr Tanyeri-Erdemir also serves on the Scientific Board of the Alevi Institute. She has directed comparative projects on competitive sharing of religious sites and regulation and management of religious sites. She has extensive experience in dissemination and communication of scientific issues to the public.

Veit Bader

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Veit
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Bader
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Leader of Research Area

Veit Bader is professor emeritus of sociology in the department of sociology (faculty of social and behavioural sciences) and of social and political philosophy in the philosophical department (faculty of humanities). He has been dean of the Faculty of Philosophy from 1992 – 1995, Provost’s visitor at Trinity College, University of Toronto, Forum Professor at the European University Institute, a member of various boards of scientific research- and funding institutions and leader of Work Packages in European funded programs.

Floris Vermeulen

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Floris
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Vermeulen
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Researcher

Floris Vermeulen is researcher and lecturer at the department of political science at the University of Amsterdam, where he obtained his Ph.D. Degree in 2005. In his previous research he has among others focused on the organising process of immigrants, the political participation of immigrant groups in different European cities, extreme movements among immigrant

Sociological Investigations

The research to be carried out in this team will focus in the first place on significant actors well acquainted with conflicts between religious and secular values in their countries, and who by shaping the ideological and political approaches to these conflicts influence policy-making on these issues. Interviews will cover issues/controversies related to conflicts between religious and secular values.

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