ASSOC. PROF. DR. AYKAN ERDEMIR MP
CHP MP for Bursa, Turkey
Assoc. Prof.Dr.AykanErdemir was born in 1974 in Bursa, Turkey. He is a member of the Parliament Turkish Grand National Assembly and the Party Assembly Republican People’s Party. As deputy for Bursa since July 2011, he is also a member the EU Harmonization Committee and the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Erdemir holds a BA in International Relations from Bilkent University (Ankara, 1996), MA (1998) and PhD (2004) in Middle Eastern Studies and in Anthropology from Harvard University (US, 2004). His dissertation title is “Incorporating Alevis: The Transformation of Governance and Faith-Based Collective Action in Turkey.”
Erdemir was a lecturer in the Department of Sociology of Middle East Technical University (METU) where he taught courses on social and political anthropology, and the anthropology of Europe and the Middle East.
Erdemir’s academic research covers faith-based collective action of Turkish and European Alevi communities, work and remittance strategies of Turkish immigrants in Europe, and discrimination and hate crimes in Turkey. He participated in and directed many national and international collaborative projects funded by the Sixth Framework Programme, National Science Foundation (NSF), WennerGren Foundation for Anthropological Research, European Center for Minority Issues, European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights, and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.
Erdemir was also the Deputy Dean at the Graduate School of Social Sciences at METU (2004–2011) and the Director of the German-Turkish Master’s Program in Social Sciences (2007–2011), a dual-diploma program of Humboldt-Universität and METU.
His main publications [in English] are as follows:
Rethinking Global Migration: Practices, Policies, and Discourses in the European Neighbourhood, (2008). Ankara: KORA. [co-edited with Helga Rittersberger-Tılıç, Ayça Ergun, and HayriyeKahveci]
Social Dynamics of Global Terrorism: Risk and Prevention Policies (2008). Amsterdam: IOS Press.[co-edited with NilayÇabuk-Kaya]
Alevism-Bektashism: A Brief Introduction (2006). RabiaHarmanşah, KaanEvrenBaşaran and AykanErdemir, trans. London: England Alevi Cultural Centre &CemEvi. (ISBN 975-98065-3-3) [co-authored with Ali Yaman]
“Westernization as Cultural Trauma: Egyptian Radical Islamist Discourse on Religious Education” Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, 9, 25 (Spring 2010):111-132. [co-edited with OzanAşık]
His main publications [in Turkish] are as follows:
Discrimination in Turkey: From the Perspective of Alevis (2010). Alevi Cultural Foundations, Ankara. [co-edited with Cahit K., Halil K., Muharrem E., Theresa W. and Umut B.]
Alevism from Past to Today (2010). Ankara: CemVakfı Ankara Şubesi. [co-edited with AhmetTaşğın and Ali Yaman]
Assoc. Prof.Dr.Erdemir is a professional member of the American Anthropological Association, European Association of Social Anthropologists, Middle East Studies Association of North America, International Sociological Association, International Association for Southeast European Anthropology, European Society for Central Asian Studies, Anthropological Association of Turkey, and Sociological Association of Turkey.