Erik-Jan Zürcher

Professor of Turkish Studies, Leiden University

Ph.D. at Leiden University (1984) ; assistant and associate professor at Catholic University Nijmegen (1977-1997) ; professor at University of Amsterdam (1993-1997) ; senior researcher (1990-1999) and general director (2008-2012) at International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam ; professor at Leiden University (since 1997) ; member of Royal Netherlands  Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 2008). Affiliate professor Stockholm University (2012-16). Published fourteen books on Ottoman and Turkish history.




The Legacy of War

In this seminar we will look at the ways in which the decade of war that preceded the establishment of the republic, and particularly World War I, has created the conditions in which the centralized and militarized nation state could emerge. Apart from the changing demographics, the ‘nationalization’ of the economy and the increased role of the state and the army will be discussed, as will the brutalizing effect of war itself.

  • Monday 15 May 2017, 17:00-19:00 - EHESS (AS1_08), 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris


The Kemalist Worldview

Traditionally a lot of attention is devoted to the image the Kemalists tried to project, as well as to the way Kemalist Turkey was seen from outside. In this seminar we will turn this around and ask the question: How did the Kemalists see the world around them and how did they interpret the place of the new Turkey in the Europe and Middle East of the interbellum?

  • Monday 22 May 2017, 17:00-19:00 - EHESS (AS1_06), 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris


The Quest for Civilisation

This seminar will focus on the way the Kemalist programme of spreading modernity and civilization was actually implemented in everyday life. The appearance and public role of women is an important part of the quest for modernity, and a bitterly contested one.

  • Tuesday 23 May 2017, 16:00-19:00 - EHESS (AS1_23), 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris


The Nuts and Bolts of Progress

Traditionally the ideological and programmatic side of the Kemalist reforms has received a great deal of attention. In this seminar we will look at the realities of reform: health, life expectancy, food, electricity and transport.

  • Wednesday 31 May 2017, 10:00-13:00 - EHESS (AS1_08), 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris