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Umut Özkırımlı

Umut Özkirimli

Senior Research Fellow, IBEI

Professor, Blanquerna - Universitat Ramon Llull

Senior Research Associate, CIDOB


Umut Özkırımlı is a Senior Research Fellow at IBEI. He is also a Professor at Blanquerna (Universitat Ramon Llull) and a Senior Research Associate at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs).

Before relocating to Barcelona, he was a Professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Lund University. He is the author of Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000; second revised and extended edition 2010. Translated into Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Persian, Albanian); Contemporary Debates on Nationalism: A Critical Engagement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Translated into Turkish and Chinese); Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey (with Spyros A. Sofos, Hurst & Co. and Oxford University Press, 2008. Translated into Turkish and Greek). His latest books are The Making of a Protest Movement in Turkey: #occupygezi (edited collection, Palgrave Pivot, 2014) and Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction (third revised and extended edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). 

He also held shorter research fellowships at IWM - Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna and LSEE - Research on South East Europe, LSE. He is currently working on three monographs: Dumb Swedes, Smart Turks? Nationalism, Democracy and the Global Crisis of Trust (with Lars Trägårdh and Henrik Berggren, Bristol University Press, 2020), #MeToo: Who? The Human Rights and Wrongs of Sex (with Julie Wark, 2021) and The Politics of Polarization: Nationalism, Populism and the Future of Democracy(Polity, 2021). Other, more distant, projects include a new book series on "New Perspectives in Nationalism Studies" (with Daphne Halikiopoulou, Palgrave Macmillan); and one edited collection and one monograph to be published as part of the series (with Daphne Halikiopoulou).


  • 2016-2018. Project coordinator for international research network on “Nation and State in the Middle East”. Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University; Middle East Center, London School of Economics; Middle East and North Africa Center at Sussex (MENACS), Sussex University.

  • 2013-2014. Vetenskapsrådet Large Conference Grant, “In Search of a Model for the Middle East: A Comparative Study of the Turkish and Nordic Experiences” - På spaning efter en modell för Mellanöstern: en jämförande studie av Turkiska och Nordiska erfarenheter.

  • 2013-2014. Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Research Initiation Grant, “In Search of a Model for the Middle East: A Comparative Study of the Turkish and Nordic Experiences” - På spaning efter en modell för Mellanöstern: en jämförande studie av Turkiska och Nordiska erfarenheter).

  • 2012-2013. Pufendorf Institute Grant on “Hydrosolidarity”, Lund University.

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • International Advisory Board, Nations and Nationalism
  • International Editorial Board, Third World Quarterly


Research interests

  • Populism
  • Nationalism
  • Social Movements
  • Identity studies
  • Ethnic Politics

Research projects

  • Nationalism, populism and the global crisis of democracy. A comparative study of Sweden and Turkey.

  • #MeToo: Who? The Human Rights and Wrongs of Sex.

  • White is the New Black: Nationalism, Populism and Social Democracy.

Selected publications

  • Özkırımlı, Umut.2019.The Catalan crisis is key to the rise of the Spanish far right.The Guardian,Link
  • Özkırımlı, Umut.2019.Don’t learn the wrong lessons from Denmark on nationalism.The Guardian,Link
  • Özkırımlı, Umut.2019.There’s hope for democracy in Turkey – but it needs help.The Guardian,Link
  • Özkırımlı, Umut.2017.Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction.3rd revised and extended edition, Basingstoke and New York:Palgrave Macmillan.Link
  • Özkırımlı, Umut.2017.How to Liquidate a People? Academic Freedom in Turkey and Beyond.Globalizations,14 (6)Link
  • Özkırımlı, Umut.2017.Editor for the special issue on “Academic Freedom in Turkey... and Beyond”, Globalizations, with contributions by Judith Butler, Jonathan R. Cole, Deniz Kandiyoti and Nilufer Gole, 14 (6).
  • Özkırımlı, Umut.2014.The Making of Turkey’s Protest Movement: #occupygezi.Edited volume, Basingstoke and New York:Palgrave Pivot.Link
  • Özkırımlı, Umut.2014.Multiculturalism, Recognition and the ‘Kurdish Question’ in Turkey: The Outline of a Normative Framework.Democratization,21 (6)Link
  • Özkırımlı, Umut.2013.Vigilance and Apprehension: Multiculturalism, Democracy and the ‘Kurdish Question’ in Turkey.Middle East Critique,22 (1)Link
  • Özkırımlı, Umut.2010.Nationalism in the Troubled Triangle: Cyprus, Greece and Turkey (with Ayhan Aktar and Niyazi Kızılyürek).Edited volume, Basingstoke and New York:Palgrave Macmillan.Link
  • Özkırımlı, Umut.2008.Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey (with Spyros A. Sofos).London:Hurst & Co and New York: Oxford University Press.
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