Istanbul Seminars 2013
Bilgi University

Asaf Savaş Akat is a Professor of Economics at Bilgi University in Istanbul, of which he has been president in 1996. He also taught at other two major Istanbul Universities: Marmara and Istanbul University. He is member of the board of editors of several journals and periodicals and of economic organizations. 1993-96 he was founding member, deputy president and candidate for Istanbul of YDH – Yeni Demokrasi Hareketi (liberal political party). Akat is frequent commentator on political and social questions in the Turkish media, Daily Vartan and NTV television. Among his publications İktisadi Analiz (Economic Analysis) (2009).

Cengiz Aktar is a Professor at Bahçeşehir University and head of the Department of European Union Relations. He obtained his PhD in economics from Sorbonne. Between 1989 and 1994 he worked as vice president of the intergovernmental advisory board established of the UN for migration politics of the EU. Between 1994 and 1999 he worked as the director of the UN agency of Slovenia. He has written numerous books on Europe and relations between Turkey and Europe. He is currently columnist for the newspaper Vatan.

Giuliano Amato is the President of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa and is also teaching at the School of Government at LUISS University in Rome. Before he was Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He was the Italian Prime Minister in 1992-‘93 and in 2000-’01, Minister of Domestic Affairs in Italy until April 2008 and served also as Secretary of the Treasury in Italy. He was the Vice-President of the Convention for the European Constitution. His most recent publications include Antitrust and the Bounds of Power, When the Economy is affected with a Public Interest, The Europeanisation of Law, The Anticompetitive Impact of Regulations (co-editor with L. Laudati), and Lezioni dalla crisi (coauthored with Forquet Fabrizio, 2013). He is the President of the Scientific Committee of Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations.

Lisa Anderson is the president of The American University in Cairo since January 2011. Previously, she served as the James T. Shotwell of International Relations at Columbia University and is the former dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia. She is a specialist on politics in the Middle East and North Africa. She also served on the board of the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs. Anderson is the author of Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century (2003), The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830-1980 (1986), editor of Transitions to Democracy (1999) and coeditor of The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991).

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law School. His research interests include human rights, constitutionalism in Islamic and African countries, and Islam and politics. He directs several research projects which focus on advocacy strategies for reform through internal cultural transformation. Amongst his publications: Toward an Islamic Reformation (1990); Human Rights in Africa: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (co-edited with Francis Deng, 1990); Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Quest for Consensus (1992); Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari`a (2010).

Karen Barkey
is a Professor of Sociology and History at Columbia University. She studies state centralization / decentralization, state control and social movements against states in the context of empires. In her recent work she has also explored the issue of toleration and accommodation in pre-modern empires.  Her research focuses primarily on the Ottoman Empire, and recently on comparisons between Ottoman, Habsburg and Roman empires. Her books include Bandits and Bureaucrats: The Ottoman Route to State Centralization and Empire of Difference: The Ottomans in Comparative Perspective. She also co-edited (with Mark von Hagen) After Empire: Multiethnic Societies and Nation-Building, the Soviet Union and the Russian, Ottoman, and Habsburg Empires.

Seyla Benhabib is Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and Director of its Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics. She has been awarded the Ernst Bloch Prize in 2009. Her research ranges from discussions of communicative ethics, to democracy and difference, to identities, allegiances and affinities, and gender, citizenship and immigration. Among her recent publications are The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era (2002), The Rights of Others. Aliens, Citizens and Residents (2004) and Another Cosmopolitanism: Hospitality, Sovereignty and Democratic Iterations, with responses by Jeremy Waldron, Bonnie Honig and Will Kymlicka (2006). She is member of the Scientific Committee of Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations and the Executive Committee of Istanbul Seminars.

Murat Borovali is Assistant Professor at Bilgi University. He holds a PhD in political philosophy from University of Manchester. Among his most recent publications are “A Legitimate Restriction of Freedom? The issue of the headscarf in Turkey,” (with Ö. Turan) in E. F. Keyman (ed.), Remaking Turkey: Globalization, Alternative Modernities and Democracy (2006), ‘John Rawls ve Siyaset Felsefesi’ (John Rawls and Political Philosophy, 2003) and ‘Sunuş’, Robert Nozick Anarşi, Devlet ve Ütopya içinde (2000).

Giancarlo Bosetti is the editor-in-chief of Reset, a cultural magazine he founded in 1993. He was vice-editor-in-chief of the Italian daily L’Unità. He is the editor-in-chief of the web-magazine Caffeeuropa as well as the webzine He is currently a columnist for the Italian daily La Repubblica and he has been teaching at University La Sapienza, and University Roma Tre. He published La lezione di questo secolo, a book-interview with Karl Popper, Cattiva maestra televisione, (ed.) writings by Karl Popper, John Condry and Pope John Paul II, Il Fallimento dei laici furiosi (2009). He is one of the founders and Director of Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations.

Cemil Boyraz is an academic staff at the Department of International Relations at İstanbul Bilgi University. He recently holds a PhD in political science with a dissertation about the political economy of nationalism, analyzing  the case of the post-1980 privatization process in Turkey. His research interests concern Turkish politics and foreign policy, theories of nationalism, international political economy and labor movement. He has an article in Turkish Studies titled “The Justice and Development Party in Turkish Politics: Islam, Democracy and State” and several book reviews in the same journal, and also an edited book on the political participation of the youth in Turkey published in 2010. He is currently working on the relation between Islam and democracy, and political reactions to the hegemony of neoliberalism after the 1980s.

Faisal Devji is University Reader in Modern South Asian History. He has held faculty positions at the New School in New York, Yale University and the University of Chicago, from where he also received his PhD in Intellectual History. Devji was Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, and Head of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. He sits on the editorial board of the journal Public Culture. He is interested in the political thought of modern Islam as well as in the transformation of liberal categories and democratic practice in South Asia. Devji’s broader concerns are with ethics and violence in a globalized world, particularly with the thought and practices of Mahatma Gandhi. Devji is the author of two books, Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity (2005), and The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics (2009), and is currently writing a book on the emergence of Muslim politics and the founding of Pakistan.

Montasser Drissi is a Moroccan graphic designer, human rights activist and student at the School of Visual Arts of Marrakech. He’s co-founder and former communication coordinator of the February 20th movement Rabat and member of the premier Moroccan independent news portal Mamfakinch ( Lately, he’s been working with human rights activists on FreeKoulchi (, an online database of political prisoners in Morocco and a campaign for their release. He is associate producer of the recently released documentary 475 – When Marriage Becomes Punishment directed by Nadir Bouhmouch.

Aykan Erdemir  is a member of the Turkish Parliament (representing Bursa) since June 2011 as well as was a member of the Party Assembly of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) (since December 2010). He serves on the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee and the EU Harmonization Committee. He holds a PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and worked as an Associate Professor of Sociology at Middle East Technical University (METU) between 2004 and 2011. Erdemir is an expert on Alevi religious community (in Turkey and Europe) and international migration. His research covers faith-based collective action, competitive sharing of religious sites, and settlement processes of migrants. He has edited and authored six books and numerous articles on a wide range of topics including Alevi collective action, Turkish immigrants, discrimination and hate speech in Turkey.

Alessandro Ferrara is a Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and former President of the Italian Association of Political Philosophy. Over the past few years he has investigated the sources and justifications of normativity after the linguistic turn and has worked at outlining an authenticity view of validity as well as a judgment view of justice in the domain of political philosophy. He is the author of Modernity and Authenticity (1993), Reflective Authenticity (1998), Justice and Judgement (1999) and The Force of the Example (2008). He is a member of Reset-Dialogues and the Executive Committee of Istanbul Seminars.

Amel Grami is a professor in the department of Arabic studies of the Faculty of Literatures, Arts and Humanities in Manouba, Tunisia. Her fields of specialization include Islamic and gender/women studies (with a focus on Maghreb), comparative religion and dialogue between religions and cultures. Her fields of interest include reforms in the Middle East as well as the new reformers in Tunisia. She is a member of several dialogue and research groups concerning religious media discourses and of the Association of Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. Amongst various academic publications she also wrote numerous studies and articles on “the voice of women” and gender analysis in the Arab media as well as human rights with a focus on the impact of (new) media. Her book publications include Apostasy in Modern Islamic Thought (1996), Is There Religious Freedom In Islam? (1997), Islam in Asia (2006), Difference in Islamic Culture – A Gender Study (2007).

Nora Fisher Onar is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul and a Ronald D. Asmus Policy Entrepreneurs Fellow with the German Marshall Fund. She holds a Visiting Fellowship with the Centre for International Studies (CIS) at the University of Oxford and serves as liaison for SEESOX in Istanbul. A recipient of the Sakıp Sabanci International Research Award, Fisher Onar’s research takes a ‘decentered’ approach to the theory and practice of international relations with a special focus on Turkey’s evolving profile at the interstices of Europe and the Middle East. She has forthcoming and published articles in Cooperation and ConflictTheory and SocietyCritical Asian Studies, Middle Eastern StudiesWomen’s Studies International ForumJournal of Contemporary European Studies,International Journal of Minority and Group Rights, and Turkish Studies. Her policy pieces have been published by the GMF, IP-Global (German Council of Foreign Relations), opendemocracy, Sada (Carnegie – in English and Arabic), Pro et Contra (Carnegie Moscow – in Russian), and JINSA’s Journal of International Security Affairs.

Nina zu Fürstenberg is the founder and the President of Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations. She has been focusing for years on the study of Islam and on the promotion of intercultural dialogue, working as a journalist for the cultural magazine Reset. She edited Euro-Islam. L’integrazione mancata by Bassam Tibi, Lumi dell’Islam. Nove intellettuali musulmani parlano di libertà and Europa laica e puzzle religioso with Krzysztof Michalski. She is the author of Chi ha paura di Tariq Ramadan. L’Europa di fronte al riformismo islamico (German version 2008) and edited recently a book of Nasr Abu Zayd on Testo sacro e libertà. Per una lettura critica del Corano.

Amr Hamzawy is an Egyptian political scientist who previously taught at the Free University of Berlin, from which he received his PhD. He worked as a research director at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beirut until February 2011. Hamzawy is currently a professor at the public policy and administration department at AUC. He is a professor of political science at Cairo University, a member of the National Council of Human Rights in Egypt, founder and secretary general of Freedom Egypt Party. He was elected as an MP in 2012 elections in Egypt. His research interests center on democratization, reform processes and the role of religion in Arab world politics. His books include Civil Society in the Middle East (2003), Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices (coauthored with Anthony Chase, 2008), Getting to Pluralism – Political Actors in the Arab World (coauthored with Marina Ottaway, 2009), Between Religion and Politics (co-written with Nathan Brown, 2010), The Arab Future–Contemporary Debates on Democracy, Political Islam, and Resistance (2010).

Nader Hashemi is the Assistant Professor and director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. His research regards Middle East and Islamic affairs, religion, and democracy and human rights, Islam-West relations.  He graduated with a PhD from the University of Toronto. His recent publications include Islam Secularism and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies (2009). He was also the co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future (2011).

Fahmy Howeidy is an Egyptian political analyst and columnist. He graduated from Cairo University in Law and joined the widely circulated Al Ahram newspaper research department in 1958. He joined The Arab Magazine in 1976 and became its director. He is a columnist with distinguished newspapers like Al Ahram. He has produced articles and books, considered ground-breaking in Arab journalism, focussing on contemporary Iran, Afghanistan and Bosnia and shedding light on unknown terrain for the Arab reader, such as contemporary Islam in China and in African countries such as Senegal. His books exceed fifteen, among which are: Iran from Inside (1987), The Crisis of Religious Awareness (1988), Citizens, Not Dhimmis (1990), Islam and Democracy (1994), The Discourse of Secular Militancy in the Balance (1996), Our Horses that Do Not (2007).

Stathis Kalyvas is Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence. He has received several awards including the Woodrow Wilson Award for best book on government, politics or international affairs in 2007 and the Luebert Award for best book in comparative politics. His research concentrates on various aspects of conflict, both at the micro and macro levels.  He is the author of numerous books including The Logic of Violence in Civil war (2006),  Order, Conflict & Violence (coeditor, 2008). The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (1996). Recent articles include “International System and Technologies of  Rebellion: How the End of the Cold War Shaped Internal Conflict” (with Laia Balcells, American Political Science Review, 2010) and “Bombing as an  Instrument of Counterinsurgency in the Vietnam War,” (with Matt Kocher and Tom Pepinsky, American Journal of Political Science, 2011).

Harun Karcic is a journalist with Al Jazeera Balkans, focusing on Middle Eastern politics, and also a PhD candidate at the University of Sarajevo’s Law School where he is researching the coexistence of religious and secular law in Europe. He has previously researched and written about Bosnia’s post-communist Islamic revival.

Volker Kaul
is Research Fellow in Political Philosophy at the University of Salerno and fellow at the Center for Ethics and Global Politics at Luiss University in Rome. His work focuses on a theory of identity as well as questions of agency and autonomy. Together with Alessandro Ferrara and David Rasmussen he edited the special issues of Philosophy & Social Criticism on the Reset-Dialogues Istanbul Seminars 2008-2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 “Postsecularism and Multicultural Jurisdiction”, “Realigning Liberalism: Pluralism, Integration, Identities”, “Overcoming the Trap of Resentment” and “The Promise of Democracy in Times of Crisis”. He is secretary of the Executive Committee and scientific coordinator of the Istanbul Seminars.

Ferda Keskin  is currently Professor of Comparative Literature and Philosophy at Istanbul Bilgi University. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and taught at Boğazici University from 1994 to 2002. His research and interest areas include Foucault, social and political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of social sciences and philosophy and literature. Ferda Keskin is the editor and co-translator of a 6-volume translation series from Foucault’s Dits et écrits into Turkish with an introduction for each volume. He is the co-editor of Pera Peras Poros: Espacement et temporalisation de l’étranger. Atelier avec et autour de Jacques Derrida. He is member of the Executive Committee of Istanbul Seminars.

Fuat Keyman is the Director of Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabanci University in Istanbul. His work focuses mainly on the theories of globalization and the notion of citizenship. He also studies the place of Turkey in world politics as well as the problems and the future of Turkey. He is a weekly contributor to Radikal. He is the author of Transforming Turkey in a Globalizing World; Democratization, Globalization (Upcoming),  Competing Nationalism in Turkey (2010), Turkey in a Globalizing World (2010), Remaking Turkey, Globalization, Alternative Modernities and Democracy (2008), Turkish Politics in a Changing World (2007) and Citizenship in a Global World: European Questions and Turkish Experiences (2005).

Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM). He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the advisory board of the ERSTE Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). He is also associate editor of Europe’s World and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy and Transit – Europäische Revue. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Bulgarian Edition of Foreign Policy and was a member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (2005-2011). His latest books in English are In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders (2013), The Anti-American Century (co-edited with Alan McPherson, 2007) and Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption (2004). He is a co-author with Steven Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics.

Jonathan Laurence Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College, researches and writes about European politics, transatlantic relations and Islam in the West. Currently on sabbatical from Boston College, he is a guest researcher of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (Washington, DC) and Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York City).He was the Daimler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in Fall 2012. Laurence is the author of The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims (2012) and the co-author of Integrating Islam (2006).

Luigi Mascilli Migliorini is Professor of Modern History and History of the Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. His research concentrates on the Napoleanic age. He is the director of Rivista italiana di studi napoleonici (Italian Journal of Napoleonic Studies), collaborates with the newspaper La Nazione and Il Sole 24 Ore and is co-director of Rivista storica italiana (Italian History Journal). He’s one of the founders and members of the  Euromediterranean and Black Sea Observatory scientific committee of Naples, president of CIREM (Euromediterranean Initiatives and research centre) and member of the Francesco Saverio Nitti Foundation scientific committee. His publications include Dizionario critico dell’Italia napoleonica (editor, 2011), Storia del Mediterraneo moderno e contemporaneo (editor 2009).

Radwan Masmoudi has a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the founder and president of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), a Washinghton-based non-profit think tank dedicated to promoting freedom, democracy, and good governance in the Arab and Muslim world, and to improving relations between the US and the Muslim world. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Center’s quarterly publication, Muslim Democrat. Masmoudi is also a founding member and president of the Tunisian Scientific Society (TSS). Through CSID, Masmoudi has organized workshops and seminars in various countries in the Arab-Islamic world, and has appeared on regional international TV channels in debating the issues he works on.

David Rasmussen is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. His fields of interest are contemporary continental philosophy, social and political philosophy. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Philosophy & Social Criticism. His books include: Reading Habermas; Universalism vs. Communitarianism in Ethics; Handbook of Critical Theory; Jürgen Habermas: The Foundations of the Habermas Project; Jürgen Habermas: Law and Politics; Jürgen Habermas: Ethics; Jürgen Habermas: Epistemology and Truth; Critical Theory Vol. I-IV.

Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish History and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has been a staff member of the Mediterranean unit at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute since 2009. He chairs the research group “Jews of the East, the Question of Orientalism, and Modern Awareness” at the Van Leer Institute. He is the academic director of the “Jews of the East” project in conjunction with the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East. His publications include The Censor, the Editor, and the Text: The Catholic Church and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon in the Sixteenth Century (2007).

Hamadi Redissi is a Professor of Public Law and Political Science at the University of Tunis.  In 2008 he was a visiting scholar at Yale University, in Fordham University in 1999, and Käte Hamburger Kolleg in Bonn in 2010. He works on Western political philosophy, modernity, politics and religion in the Arab world. He is the author of several publications, including  Les politiques en islam: le prophète, le roi et le savant (1998); Religion and Politics: Islam and Muslim Civilization (with Jan-Erik Lane) (2004), L’exception islamique (2004), Le Pacte de Nadjd ou comment l’islam sectaire est devenu l’islam (Paris, 2007), Maghrebi Refutations of Wahhabism in the 19th Century (2008), La tragédie de l’islam modern (2011).

İlay Romain Örs is the Dean of Graduate School of Social Sciences and a faculty member at the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. She earned her PhD at Harvard University in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies. While her ethnographic work centers on the Greek Orthodox community of Istanbul in Greece (Rum Polites), her broader research interests and publication topics include minorities, migration, cosmopolitanism, pluralizing modernities, consumption, regional and urban studies in Istanbul, Greece and the Mediterranean.

Remzi Sanver is is the Rector of Istanbul Bilgi University. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Istanbul Bilgi University since the fall of 1998 and has also served as a visiting faculty member at Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and Caen University.  His research focuses on social choice rule, economic design and game theory. He is board member for the Society for Social Choice and Welfare. He recently published Handbook on Approval Voting (edited with Jean-François Laslier; 2010).

Georg Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza has been the Chairman and CEO of the TBG Group. His schooling took place in Austria and Germany; with university studies completed with a law degree in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1978. In 1983 Mr. Thyssen was appointed CEO of TBG and in 1991 Chairman and CEO. In 2007 he stepped down as CEO but continues to serve as Chairman of the General Management until today. Today he created the Nomis Foundation, which is primarily engaged in biological research, but also in the field of humanities. He is founder and Honorary President of Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations.

Roberto Toscano is an Italian Ambassador and has recently been Public Policy Scholar Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. He was Italian Ambassador to Iran and India. He focuses on the topics of human rights and the ethics of international relations. Amongst his recent books: Between terrorism and global governance: essays on ethics, violence and international law (2009),  Beyond Violence. Principles for an Open Century (with R. Jahanbegloo, 2009) and La violenza, le regole (2006). He is President of the Intercultura Foundation and member of the Scientific Committee of Reset-Dialogues.

Abass Vali is a Professor at the Department of Sociology at Boğaziçi University. His areas of interest are state formation and national identity, modernity and stateless nations, modern political and social thought, historical sociology. His publications include Modernity and the Stateless: Sovereignty and the Dialectics of Violence in Iran (2011), The Kurds and the State in Modern Iran: The Making of Kurdish Identity (2011), ‘Reflections on the Nature of the Current Political Crisis in Iran,’ International Journal of Middle East Studies,  forthcoming in 2012, ‘The Nation-State and the Kurds in the Modern Middle East’ in A. Jabbar (ed.), The Kurds: Nationalism and Politics (2006).

Michael Walzer
(Video-conference) is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Social Science at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), Princeton. Michael Walzer has written about a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, including political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice, and the welfare state. He has played a critical role in the revival of a practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. Walzer’s books include Just and Unjust Wars (1977), On Toleration (1997), and Arguing About War (2004); he has served as editor of the political journal Dissent for more than three decades. Currently, he is working on issues having to do with international justice and the new forms of welfare and also on a collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.

Meyda Yeğenoğlu is a Professor of Cultural Studies at Bilgi University. She has held visiting appointments at Columbia University, Oberlin College, Rutgers University, New York University, University of Vienna and Oxford University. Her research centers on cultural studies, postcolonial theory, feminist theory, Middle East woman, globalization and migrancy, Orientalism, multiculturalism, postnational citizenship. She is the author of Colonial Fantasies; Towards a Feminist Reading of Orientalism (1998). She has numerous essays published in various journals and edited volumes such as Feminist Postcolonial Theory; Postcolonialism, Feminism and Religious Discourse; Race and Ethnic Relations; Culture and Religion; Religion and Gender; State, Religion and Secularization. Her latest book Islam, Migrancy, and Hospitality in Europe has recently come out.

Meyda Yeğenoğlu is a professor of Cultural Studies and Social Sciences Institute at Bilgi University, Istanbul-Turkey. She has held visiting appointments at Columbia University, Oberlin College, Rutgers University, New York University, University of Vienna and Oxford University. She is the author of Colonial Fantasies; Towards a Feminist Reading of Orientalism (1998) and Islam, Migrancy and Hospitality in Europe (2012). She has numerous essays published in various edited volumes such as Feminist Postcolonial Theory; Postcolonialism, Feminism and Religious Discourse; Strangeness and Familiarity; Handbook of Cosmopolitan Studies, Religion and State; Feminism and Hospitality; Migrant Cartographies. She has also several articles published in journals such as Postmodern Culture; Race and Ethnic Relations; Culture and Religion; Inscriptions; Religion and Gender; Radical Philosophy.