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Umut Özkirimli

Umut Özkirimli

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University (Sweden)

Universitetslektor, Lund University

Visiting Researcher, CIDOB


Umut Özkırımlı is a Professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Lund University. He is also an Honorary Professor in Europe, Nationalism and Globalization at the Center for Modern European Studies (CEMES), University of Copenhagen; and a Senior Fellow at Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci 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). 

Özkırımlı is on leave during the academic years 2018-20, mainly based at IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals) and CIDOB (Barcelona Center for International Studies). 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: Sweden and Turkey as Local Instantiations of a Global Crisis: Nationalism, Populism and Social Democracy (with Lars Trägårdh and Henrik Berggren, Hurst and Co. 2020), #MeToo: Who? The Human Rights and Wrongs of Sex (with Julie Wark, Bristol University Press, 2020) and White is the New Black: Populism, Nationalism and the Left (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).


  • 2016-2018Project 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.
  • 2013-2014Vetenskapsrådet 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.
  • 2013-2014Riksbankens 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).
  • 2012-2013Pufendorf Institute Grant on “Hydrosolidarity”, Lund University.

Afiliaciones profesionales

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


Líneas de investigación

  • Populismo
  • Nacionalismo
  • Movimientos sociales
  • Estudios de identidad
  • Política Étnica

Proyectos de investigación

  • 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.

Publicaciones más destacadas

  • Özkirimli, Umut.2019.Don’t learn the wrong lessons from Denmark on nationalism.The Guardian,Enlace
  • Özkirimli, Umut.2019.There’s hope for democracy in Turkey – but it needs help.The Guardian,Enlace
  • Özkirimli, Umut.2017.Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction.3rd revised and extended edition, Basingstoke and New York:Palgrave Macmillan.Enlace
  • Özkirimli, Umut.2017.How to Liquidate a People? Academic Freedom in Turkey and Beyond.Globalizations,14 (6)Enlace
  • Özkirimli, 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).
  • Özkirimli, Umut.2014.The Making of Turkey’s Protest Movement: #occupygezi.Edited volume, Basingstoke and New York:Palgrave Pivot.Enlace
  • Özkirimli, Umut.2014.Multiculturalism, Recognition and the ‘Kurdish Question’ in Turkey: The Outline of a Normative Framework.Democratization,21 (6)Enlace
  • Özkirimli, Umut.2013.Vigilance and Apprehension: Multiculturalism, Democracy and the ‘Kurdish Question’ in Turkey.Middle East Critique,22 (1)Enlace
  • Özkirimli, 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.Enlace
  • Özkirimli, Umut.2008.Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey (with Spyros A. Sofos).London:Hurst & Co and New York: Oxford University Press.