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Republicanism, “100th Year of the Turkish Republic”

Event Dates:
Via Zoom & Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Room 2034 (Sabancı University)
09 November 2023 , 10:30 - 17:30 (GMT+3, Istanbul Time)
Abdurrahman Atçıl ( Sabanci University)
Zeynep Gülru Göker (Sabanci University)
Ahmet Faik Kurtulmuş (Sabanci University)
Cenk Özbay (Sabanci University)
Sibel Irzik (Sabanci University)
Shruti Kapila (University of Cambridge)
Malvika Maheshwari (Ashoka University)
Banu Turnaoğlu (Sabanci University)
Sabanci University, University of Cambridge and Ashoka University


This workshop aims to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey and discuss Republicanism from a broad, multidisciplinary and global perspective. Republicanism is an intellectual tradition with roots in ancient Roman political philosophy, focusing on liberty, self-government and active citizen participation in political life.

The recent revival of republicanism in political theory has generated extensive academic debate over republicanism’s historical identity, intellectual content and trajectory through time and space. The workshop will challenge the assumption that the republican tradition consists of a single thread copied from a Western tradition and applied elsewhere.

One of its goals is to revise the Eurocentric approach to the study of republicanism and widen its scope beyond linguistic and national boundaries by comparative examinations.

A further goal is to initiate a series of such annual meetings at Sabancı and Cambridge Universities under the Global Humanities network and to strengthen the intellectual ties between the partner institutions.