Prof. Dr. Bilgin Ayata


Assistant Professor in Political Sociology

Prof. Dr. Bilgin Ayata joined the Department in August 2015. She obtained her PhD in Political Science at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA), and her MA degree from York University (Toronto, Canada). Her research interests  center on transformation processes spurred by forced migration, conflict, protest movements, contestions of memory and postcolonial interventions. Her regional expertise includes the Middle East and Europe, in particular Turkey, the Kurdish regions and postcolonial Germany. She has published on transnational activism of Diasporas, the politics of displacement, foreign policy, Genocide denial and memory regimes. She is an associate member of the Research Cluster „Affective Societies“ at the Freie Universität Berlin with an ongoing research project on the affective dynamics of urban protest and political transformation in the Middle East. She has received research grants and fellowships by the MacArthur Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, FU Berlin, Johns Hopkins University and York University. In July 2014, she received the Lorbär Award for Excellence in Teaching of the Otto-Suhr Institute, FU Berlin. She appears frequently in international media on topics relating to refugees, migration, EU-Turkey relations, Kurdish politics and racism in Germany.

At the University of Basel, Prof. Ayata has organized the public lecture series „Topographien of Displacement and Resistance“ to take place during Spring Term 2016.


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