Sunday, October 25, 2009

Professor Turam on "Muslim Politics, Secular Predicaments and State Transformation."

The annual Campagna-Kerven lecture on modern Turkey will be presented on November 4, 2009 at Boston University. This year’s lecture, co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, features Professor Berna Turam. Professor Turam will address "Muslim Politics, Secular Predicaments and State Transformation."

The speaker is an associate professor of sociology and international affairs at Northeastern University. She received two B.A degrees from sociology and political science departments at Bosphorus University, and her Ph.D. in sociology at McGill University. Her specialization is in political sociology focusing on state-society interaction, and intersections of religion, urban space and gender.

She is the author of a very well-received book, Between Islam and the State: The Politics of Engagement (Stanford University, 2007; Bilgi University 2010), in which she reveals and analyzes how Muslims negotiate and cooperate with secular states inside and outside Turkey. She shows that the political interaction of pious Muslims and the Turkish state has fosters a variety of unexpected and unintended transformations. She has also published in a variety of scholarly journals, including the British Journal of Sociology (vol 55:2), Nations and Nationalism (vol 10:3), and the International Feminist Journal of Politics (vol 10:4). She was the guest editor of a special issue titled "Secular Muslims?" in Comparative Studies of South America, Africa and Middle East (vol 29:3). Her current project explores urban sites of multi-faceted polarization in Turkey. Turam is also a recipient of and collaborator in an NSF-funded comparative project on religion and science, which examines the tensions between evolution and Islamic creationism within and outside the Muslim world.

This lecture begins at five o’clock p.m. on November 4, 2009, at "The Castle," 225 Bay State Road, on the Boston University campus. The closest "T" stop is BU-Central on the "B" line. Should you wish to drive, you will probably be able to find meter parking on Bay State Road. (For further information and more directions, see:

Tea will be served at 4:30 o'clock p.m. and the lecture will be followed by a reception in honor of the speaker. The lecture, followed by a question and answer period, begins promptly at 5:00 o'clock p.m.

For more information on the Campagna-Kerven lecture series see the webpage where you may read more about this year’s speaker, as well as see encores of recent lectures in streaming video.

Seating is limited, and we usually have a full house for this annual lecture. If you plan to attend, please phone 617 353-8910, or email Ms. Allison Goodwin Patenaude to reserve a seat.

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