Dr Omer Tekdemir

Research Associate BA (Istanbul); MA (Westminster); PhD (Dunelm)

Contact DetailsDr Omer Tekdemir

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5082
Office: Attenborough Tower, 1003

E-mail: ot37@leicester.ac.uk
Website: https://leicester.academia.edu/OmerTekdemir
Twitter: @omertekkdemir


Omer Tekdemir is a Research Associate at the School of History, Politics and International Relations. Before joining the University of Leicester, Dr Tekdemir taught at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster. Omer has also conducted research at the Centre of Peace, Trust and Social Relations, Coventry University and Durham Business School, University of Durham as a visiting researcher, after he gained his PhD at the Institute of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, School of Government and International Affairs and Ustinov College, Durham University. He earned his MA in Contemporary Political Theory and International Relations, from the Centre of Study for Democracy, University of Westminster. Omer also graduated in Political Science at University of Istanbul, Turkey. He engages with various think-tanks and NGOs.

Research Interests

Omer’s research interests cover a number of disciplines and primarily lie in political theory, political economy and international relations. Specifically, he is interested in radical democracy, populism, agonism, discourse analysis, nationalism, identity, conflict, peace building as well as embedded and moral economy in the case of Kurdish, Turkey and Middle Eastern studies.

Research Grants

• Prime Ministry Office, Republic of Turkey, Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities, Ankara, Turkey, £ 6,800 (2015-2016).


Journal Articles

• (2017, forthcoming) co-authored with Oguzhan Goksel. “Questioning the 'Immortal State': The Gezi Protests and the Short-Lived Human Security Moment in Turkey". British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13530194.2016.1262241

• (2017, forthcoming). “Radical Pluralist Democratic Party, HDP’s ‘Another Turkey’ Rhetoric: Adversary Politics, Agonism and Populism” (in Turkish). Journal of Political Science, University of Ankara.

• (2016). “Conflict and Reconciliation between Turks and Kurds: The HDP as an Agonistic Actor”. South East Europe and Black Sea Studies. DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2016.1246521

• (2016). “Constructing a Social Space for Alevi Political Identity: Religion, Antagonism and Collective Passion”. National Identities. DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2016.1247259

• (2016). “International Politics of the Kurds and Russian Intervention in the Middle East”. International Affairs Forum. 1 (1): pp. 131-36.

• (2015). Politics of the Turkish Conflict: The Kurdish Issue. E-International Relations.


• (in progress). The Political Economy of Kurdish Political Identity.

Book Chapters

• (2015). “Critical Approach on Polanyian Embeddedness through Kurdish Moral Economy: Fictitious Commodity, Reciprocity and Redistribution”, (in) Ayaka Kuroda (ed.) Political, Social Developments and Economic Challenges in the Middle East and Asia. Kyoto: Kyoto University. pp. 53-64.

• (2014). “Reconceptualising the Superstructure of Kurdish Politics within EU and Peace Process: Agonistic Democracy, Double Movement and Counterhegemony”, (in) Murat Aktas (ed.) Conflict Resolution and Peace, (in Turkish). Istanbul: Iletisim Yayinlari. pp. 29-53.

Book Reviews

• (2017, forthcoming). Legal Pluralism in Action: Dispute Resolution and the Kurdish Peace Committee by Latif Tas. Surrey: Ashgate, 2014. 207 pages. (ISBN: 978-1-4724-2208-8). £70. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law.

Magazine Articles

• (2015). “Agonistic Imagination of Podemos in Andalusia and HDP in Anatolia: The Radical Citizenship Project for the European and the Middle-Eastern Demos”. Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey. Vol. 4, Issue: 7, pp. 6-18.

• (October, 2015) co-authored with Oguzhan Goksel. As Another Election Looms, can Turkey be Saved from Itself?. The ConversationUK.

• (October, 2015) co-authored with Oguzhan Goksel. Turkey’s Year of Violence and Elections”. Open Democracy.

• (September, 2015) co-authored with Oguzhan Goksel. A Turbulent Turkey in a Region in Turmoil”. Open Democracy.

• (June, 2015). Turkey Gets a Taste for European-style Radicalism ahead of Election. The ConversationUK.

• (June, 2015). New Politics of the New Middle East: Turkey’s Radical Democratic Party”. Your Middle East.

• (June, 2015). “‘Great Humanity’, ‘We are’ and Democratic Public Space of the HDP”, (in Turkish). Birikim Dergisi.

• (March, 2015). “Discourse of ‘Turkeyfication’, ‘New Life’ of the HDP: Radical Pluralism and Left-leaning Populism”, (in Turkish). BasNews Daily. Available at: http://basnews.com/index.php/tr/news/144003

• (February, 2015). Is a socialist EU possible via left-wing populist parties such as Syriza, Podemos and the HDP?”. Open Democracy.

• (May, 2015) Interview with Omer Tekdemir. Peace Process, Diaspora Approach and Kurdish Question by Strategic Outlook (Research Organization).

Recent Selected Talks

• (November 18, 2016). “Turkey’s Power Struggle: Radical Democracy vs Conservative Democracy”. Invited Talk at Ustinov College, Durham University.

• (November 3-4, 2016). “Kurdish-led HDP’s Radical Democracy, Left-Leaning Populism and Agonistic Pluralism as an Alternative Politics”. In the Workshop of Emancipatory Transformations: Engaging Radical Democracy in Kurdistan, at University of Sussex.

• (October 10, 2016). “The State of Democracy in the ‘New Turkey’”. Invited Talk, by Research Turkey Public Lecture Series, at Kings College, University of London.

• (June 24-26, 2016). “Kurdish Moral or Political Economy in Polanyi’s Embedded Economy Frame”. 28th Annual SASE Conference. University of California, Berkeley (US).

• (June 25, 2015). “Mapping Political Identity of the Counterhegemonic Kurdish Society: Social Constructivist Approach”. BRISMES Annual Conference. London School of Economics and Politics (LSE).

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