Studies in National and International Development


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Title:  Social Movements in Turkey

Date: March 14, 2019
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker:  Ayca Tomac, Queen's University

In the "Trump Age,” how have right-wing populist leaders from around the world - from Ontario to the US, from Brazil to India - garnered massive support? This talk focuses on Erdogan’s Turkey as a case study. I provide an overview of how neoliberal populism has been utilized and
operationalized in Turkey. This hegemonic technique has consolidated its power especially among the working class, urban poor and the precariate. I will also highlight the everyday experiences of a charity economy as a by-product of neoliberal populism.

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Ayca TomacAyca Tomac, Queen's University

Ayca Tomac received her PhD from the program of Cultural Studies in 2017. She works as a term adjunct in Global Development Studies at Queen’s and she is the coordinator of OPIRG Kingston. Her research focuses on Solidarity Praxis, Politics of Alliance, Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies in Social Movements, Cultures of Resistance, Dissidence in Turkey, in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.