Kadir Dede is a post-doc researcher at UvA as a TUBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) fellow with his research project titled “Diaspora, Religious Identity and Everyday Life: Rethinking Turkish Nationalism in the Netherlands.” In addition to examining banal nationalism in a diasporic case, the project aims to compare the impact of religious and national identity on the Turkish community. The definition of Turkishness for Turkish migrants in Europe / the Netherlands is a productive topic since it overlaps with debates on the relationship between nation and religion, integration and otherization, Islam and Christianity etc. Moreover, the effects and reproduction of diasporic nationalism are not independent of everyday life and behaviors of diasporic groups and this makes an empiric research necessary which the research project aims to achieve.
Kadir is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of Hacettepe University where he received his Ph.D. in Political Science with his dissertation on the role of the novel in Turkish nation-building process in early republican period (2015). He teaches on nationalism, art and politics, memory and memoirs, everyday life in Turkey and Turkish modernization. His main academic interests are political thought in Turkey (specifically on Turkish nationalism and socialism), theories of nationalism, Turkish literature, popular culture, urban life, and nostalgia which are also topics of his articles that published in different journals and editions. He is also co-editor of the books Utopias – The Intersection of Politics and Desire (2018), and Comparative Studies and Regionally-Focused Cases Examining Local Governments (2016).