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Professor, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University

Umut Özkırımlı is a Professor 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 leave during the academic year 2019-20, dividing his time between IBEI (Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals) and CIDOB (Barcelona Center for International Studies). He is currently working on three monographs, A New Dawn for Swedish and Turkish Democracy? Towards a New Social Contract (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 (Polity 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).


  • –present
    Guest Professor, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University