Open Lecture with Jenny White: What Makes Autocrats Popular?

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Zoom
  • Lecturer: Jenny White, Professor, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University
  • Contact person: Olena Markstedt
  • Föreläsning

Discussant: Chiara Maritato is a post-doctoral researcher at the Cultures, Politics and Society Department at the University of Turin. Previously she was assistant professor at the Center for Southeast European Studies (CSEES) at the University of Graz and post-doctoral visiting fellow at the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS). Her research interests focus on the management

Event is held on Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/69748770348

What makes autocrats popular? Why do free people willingly choose leaders who will restrict their liberty? A new project believes that the answers may be found in the characteristics of autocratic leadership itself and in the extreme public emotion that connects populations to autocratic leaders. The project focuses on the intimate intersection of politics with everyday life, that is, informal practices and hidden transcripts that allow rulers to manipulate key symbols of their followers, including gender, to engage public emotion and produce assent or the appearance of assent from below.

Jenny White is a social anthropologist and professor at the Institute for Turkish Studies at Stockholm University. A former president of the Turkish Studies Association and of the American Anthropological Association Middle East Section, she has published four books and numerous articles about contemporary Turkish society and politics.