post doctoral at Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre
I work as a researcher and teacher within the interdisciplinary research program the Impact of Religion.
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My research focuses mainly on secularism as Political Practice and Political Identity. I analyze constructions of secularism and related political categories in public debate and in civil society in France, Sweden, and Turkey.
The purpose of my research is to a) inquire into how secularism and related political categories are articulated in public debate (state apparatus, political parties, and the media) and in civil society (political movements, groups of interest, and grassroots) and b) analyze what kinds of political actions these articulations legitimize. The analysis focus on three national-political arenas in Europe: France, Sweden, and Turkey.
My overarching research question is: How is secularism articulated as political identity and political practice in public debate and in civil society in France, Sweden, and Turkey?
In terms of method I rely on anthropological/ethnographic fieldwork for data collection and discourse analytical perspectives for analysis of the data which consists of participant observations and interviews, public speeches, motions (local and national parliaments), participation in public debate (press and TV), and publications (press, web, literature, and pamphlets).
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