Umut Özkirimli

Senior Lecturer

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Political Science


  • Nationalism, Populism, Social movements, #MeToo, Academic freedoms, Identity politics, Turkey, Sweden, Europe


Umut Özkırımlı is Senior Lecturer (universitetslektor) at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Lund University. He is also an Honorary Professor in Europe, Nationalism and Globalization at the Center for Modern European Studies (CEMES), University of Copenhagen; and a Senior Fellow at Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University. He is the author of Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000; second revised and extended edition 2010. Translated into Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Persian, Albanian); Contemporary Debates on Nationalism: A Critical Engagement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Translated into Turkish and Chinese); Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey (with Spyros A. Sofos, Hurst & Co. and Oxford University Press, 2008. Translated into Turkish and Greek). His latest books are The Making of a Protest Movement in Turkey: #occupygezi (edited collection, Palgrave Pivot, 2014) and Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction (third revised and extended edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). 

Özkırımlı is on sabbatical during the academic year 2018-19, dividing his time between Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM), Vienna; Barcelona Center for International Studies (CIDOB); and LSEE - Research on South East Europe, LSE. He is currently working on three monographs, Dumb Swedes, Smart Turks? Nationalism, Liberalism and the Global Crisis of Democracy (with Lars Trägårdh and Henrik Berggren, Hurst and Co. 2020), #MeToo: Who? The Human Rights and Wrongs of Sex (with Julie Wark, Bristol University Press, 2020) and White is the New Black: Populism, Nationalism and the Left (Bristol University Press, 2021). Other, more distant, projects include a new book series on "New Perspectives in Nationalism Studies" (with Daphne Halikiopoulou, Palgrave Macmillan); one edited collection and one monograph to be published as part of the series (with Daphne Halikiopoulou); and a short history of Turkey to be published by Polity as part of their new "Polity Histories".  

Research Interests

Umut has published widely in the areas of nationalism, multiculturalism and social movements. His current research interests cover a wide spectrum, from populism, nationalism and the rise of the far right to identity politics, political correctness and its discontents, and academic freedoms - in Europe, Sweden and Turkey.


Recent research outputs

Umut Özkirimli, 2019 Jan 23, The Guardian.

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Umut Özkirimli, 2019 Jan 2, openDemocracy.

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Umut Özkirimli, 2019, (Accepted/In press) CIDOB International Yearbook 2019.

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