Kerem H L Öktem


Research Fellow, European Studies Centre 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / St Antony's College


Research Interests:

  • Politics and International Relations of Turkey
  • Minorities in Turkey
  • Urban development in the Middle East
  • Islam and politics in the Balkans and in Europe

Current Projects:

  • Research project "Islam and Politics in Western Europe"
  • Collaborative Research project "Freedom and Diversity in Europe and North America", on immigration, diversity and the negotiation of free speech, together with Timothy Garton Ash

Courses Taught:

  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Cities and Societies of the Middle East

Recent Publications:


  • Kerem Öktem, Kadıoğlu, Ayşe, Mehmet Karlı (Eds.), Another Empire? Turkey’s new foreign policy in the 2000s (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2012)
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  • Öktem, Kerem, Angry Nation. Turkey since 1989 (London: Zed Books, 2011).
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  • Kerslake, Celia, Kerem Öktem and Philip Robins (Eds.), Turkey’s Engagement with Modernity (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
  • Öktem, Kerem, Othon Anastasakis and Kalypso Nicolaidis and (Eds.), In the long shadow of Europe. Greeks and Turks in the era of Post-Nationalism (Leiden: Brill, 2009).
  • Öktem, Kerem and Reem Abou El-Fadl (Eds.): Mutual Misunderstandings: Muslims in the European media, Europe in the media of Muslim majority countries (Oxford: European Studies Centre, 2009).

Journal articles and book chapters:

  • Öktem, Kerem, , Journal of Muslims in Europe, Autumn 2012.
  • ________, ‘Between emigration, de-Islamization and the nation-state: Muslim communities in the Balkans’, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2011, 151–169.
  • ________, ‘Alles Stehende verdampft: Homosexuelle Bewegungen und Identitäten im Kontext patriarchaler Machstrukturen in der Türkei’ in: Holzleithner, Elisabeth and Sabine Strasser, Multikulturalismus Queer Gelesen (Frankfurt a. M.: Campus Verlag, 2010).
  • ________, ‘Ulus, zaman ve mekan: Türkiye ve Yunanistan’da toponomik politikalar’, in: Millas, Herkül, Sözde masum milliyetçilik (Istanbul: Kitap, 2010).
  • ________, The natural, the political and the religious in the borderlands of Europe’, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2010, 21-25.
  • ________, ‘The Ambivalent Sea: Regionalizing the Mediterranean Differently’, in: Bechev, Dimitar and Kalypso Nicolaidis, Mediterranean Frontiers: Borders, Conflict and Memory in a Transnational World (London: I.B. Tauris, 2009).
  • ________, ‘Cosmopolitan desires, parochial anxieties: Istanbul and its unwelcome diver­sity’, Pensée de Midi (Actes Sud), Nr. 29, 2009.
  • ________, ‘The Nation’s Imprint: Demographic Engineering and the Change of Toponymes in Republican Turkey’, European Journal of Turkish Studies (11/2008).
  • ________, ‘Another Struggle: Sexual Identity Politics in Unsettled Turkey’, Middle East Report Online (09/2008).
  • ________, ‘The patronising embrace: Turkey’s new Kurdish strategy, Stiftung Forschungs­stelle Schweiz-Türkei Occasional Papers(02/2008).
  • ________, ‘Being Muslim at the Margins: Alevis and the AKP’, Middle East Report(246/2008).
  • Bechev, Dimitar and Kerem Öktem: ‘Trans-Nationalism in South East Europe: Constructing, Transcending and Reinforcing Borders’, Journal of South East European and Black Sea Studies,Vol. 6, No. 4, 2006.
  • ________, ‘British Media perspectives on Turkey’s EU accession prospects: Euro-scepticism and Turco-philia’, Südosteuropa,Vol. 53, No. 4, 2005.
  • ________, ‘Mardin as a city of containment: Poetic, mediagenic and traumatic images of a city in Southeast Turkey’, Cities, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2005.
  • ________, ‘Incorporating the time and space of the ethnic ‘other’: Nationalism and Space in Southeast Turkey in the 19th and 20th Centuries’, Nations and NationalismVol. 10, No. 4, 2004.

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Photograph of Kerem H L Öktem