Of Shamans, Spirits and the Apocalypse: New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities in Turkey and the Near East

Of Shamans, Spirits and the Apocalypse: New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities in Turkey and the Near East

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Fellows’ Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building
Speaker(s): 
Alexandre Toumarkine, (Orient-Institut, Istanbul)
Dilek Sarmış, (CETOBAC- EHESS, Paris)
Aysuda Kölemen, (Kemerburgaz University, Istanbul)
Till Luge (University of Pennsylvania and Orient-Institut, Istanbul)
Andrew Hammond (St Antony’s College)
Liana Saif (Oriental Institute, University of Oxford)
Thiago Alves Pinto (St Peter’s College)
Chair: 
Laurent Mignon (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford) and Katja Triplett (University of Göttingen)

2.00pm Panel

New Religions and Politics in Turkey

Alexandre Toumarkine, (Orient-Institut, Istanbul): Marrying Kemalism and Spiritism: On the Reenchantement of Atatürk

Dilek Sarmış, (CETOBAC- EHESS, Paris): Neo-Shamanism and the Turkish Far Right: Historical Roots and Contemporary Manifestations of a Renewed Nationalist Trend

Aysuda Kölemen, (Kemerburgaz University, Istanbul): Apocalypticism in Turkish Political Islam

Till Luge (University of Pennsylvania and Orient-Institut, Istanbul): New Religiosities and Post-Capitalism: On the Role of “Spirituality” in Alternative Politics in Turkey

Chair: Laurent Mignon (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford)

4.00 -4.30pm Tea Break

4.30 Roundtable

What spaces are there for new religions and alternative spiritualities in the Near East?

Participants: Andrew Hammond (St Antony’s College), Liana Saif (Oriental Institute, University of Oxford) and Thiago Alves Pinto (St Peter’s College)

Chair: Katja Triplett (University of Göttingen)

6.00 End