Yasemin Gülsüm Acar

Is a social psychologist whose research interests include political protest and its consequences, political solidarity, politicization and social identity, and intergroup relations/conflict. She received her PhD from Claremont Graduate University in 2015, where she specialized in social identity and identity politicization through collective action. Her current research focuses on group-based perceptions of contemporary political dynamics in Turkey.

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Articles by Yasemin Gülsüm Acar

  1. “Academics are fired, jailed, and blacklisted”

    Academic independence and freedom in Turkey have long been influenced by the neoliberalization of universities and state control of the agenda in science and education. However, since the “We will be not be a party to this crime” petition released on January 11, 2016, calling for an end to curfews in Kurdish towns and a renewed commitment to the reconciliation process with Kurdish parties, the current Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) government has increased its reaction to academics and academia in general by firing, jailing, and starting legal proceedings against academics.

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