POSTPONED: Contested Reproduction of Turkey’s Financialized Capitalism: State and Society in Crisis

19 March, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm America/Toronto Timezone
Ross Building South 674
York University
4700 Keele St., Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, York University has suspended all face-to-face instruction and has cancelled or postponed all non-essential events. Accordingly, this event and all remaining events planned for the Winter 2020 term have been postponed until further notice. 


The Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) and the Department of Politics are pleased to present:

Contested Reproduction of Turkey’s Financialized Capitalism:  State and Society in Crisis

organized by

Dr. Pınar Bedirhanoğlu, Visiting Professor, Department of Politics, York University; Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University


Dr. Luann Good Gingrich, Director, Global Labour Research Centre, York University


Thursday March 19, 2020

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ross S647, York University


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This one-day workshop brings together Turkish scholars to engage in a critical and in-depth discussion on the current authoritarian drive in Turkey. The workshop will problematize the following salient issues: the constitutive role of financialization in authoritarian state transformation; state policies that weaken the power of labour vis-á-vis capital; and the enhancement of the coercive capacity of state and capital for social control. Besides identifying the Turkey-specific determinants of authoritarianism, the workshop aims to situate the Turkish experience within its global context, and thus contribute to relevant debates in comparative politics.




Welcome and Introductions | 9:00 am – 9:30 am


Politics of Labour | 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Chair and Discussant: Dr. Angela Joya, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University

Formation of the ‘classes of labour’ in Turkey under neoliberalism and changing forms of rural class struggle

Dr. Coşku Çelik, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Politics and Department of Social Science, York University

Syrian refugees as surplus population in Turkish labour market: Racialization, segmentation and exploitation

Canan Şahin, PhD Candidate, Queens University

Social reproduction in crisis: Limits to reproducing labour power in neoliberalizing Turkey

Hilal Kara, PhD Candidate, Queens University


State Transformation through Financialization | 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Chair and Discussant: Barış Karaağaç, Lecturer, Trent University

Responses to the 2018-19 economic crisis in AKP’s Turkey: Policy space and discipline by state-sponsored credit

Dr. Ali Rıza Güngen, Distance Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University

Financialization, debt, state and health care

Dr. İpek Eren-Vural, Research Associate, Dalhousie University; Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University

Financialisation, household indebtedness, and state crisis in Turkey

Dr. Pınar Bedirhanoğlu, Visiting Professor, Department of Politics, York University; Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, METU


Politics of Coercion | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Chair and Discussant: Ömer Özcan, Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology,York University

‘The law of the city?’: Social war, urban warfare, and dispossession on the margin

Dr. Çağlar Dölek, Contract Instructor, Carleton University

Policing the crisis in Turkey: The case of feminicides

Dr. Funda Hülagü, Research Associate, Philipps University of Marburg (via Skype)

Turkey’s authoritarian surveillance regime

Dr. Özgün Topak, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Science, York University


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All are welcome.


We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Vice-President Research & Innovation, and the Department of Politics.