International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

As the world turns: Reflections on current psycho-social-political issues in Turkey

(Session Organizer) Philippa Kerr, University of KwaZulu-Natal; (Chair) Hale Cihan Bolak Boratav, Istanbul Bilgi University

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: University of KwaZulu-Natal
Research Area: ISPP 34th Annual Scientific Meeting

This round table discussion brings together three people who are well positioned to approach issues related to political psychology in Turkey with a comparative framework and from different perspectives. Gündüz Vassaf, holding  a doctorate in psychology, has maintained the role of a critic within the discipline, and is best known for his psycho-political commentaries, particularly on the psychology of totalitarianism in everyday life, as reflected in his book that first came out in English under the title "Prisoners of Ourselves." He is currently a member of a discussion program at NTV, a prominent news channel in Turkey. Bülent Somay, a member of the comparative literature department at ─░stanbul Bilgi University, can be most appropriately described as a psycho-cultural analyst and Zizek's partner in crime in Turkey! He is the author of several books on intellectual criticism. Ferhat Boratav, a historian by training, is a journalist in practice, and has had a senior editorial role at CnnTurk since its inception in 1999. He is a serious follower of the current research on political psychology, and particularly on politics and the brain. Vassaf and Somay share the "commentary" page in the Radikal newspaper on Sundays, and Boratav occassionally joins them across the page.