A Lecture by Dr. GŁnther Jikeli
Indiana University Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair
Presents a Public Lecture
Dr. Günther Jikeli
Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism
“Assessing Erdoğan’s Antisemitism:
Between Obsession and Manipulation”
Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:00 pm
Swain East 140
Free and Open to the Public
Organized by Kemal Silay
Günther Jikeli earned his Ph.D at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin. Jikeli is affiliated with the Moses Mendelssohn Center, Potsdam University, and the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités / CNRS, Paris. From 2011 to 2012, he served as Adviser on Combating Antisemitism to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has written on antisemitism, discrimination of Muslims in Europe, forced labor, and perceptions of the Holocaust. He recently published (with Joëlle Allouche- Benayoun) (eds.) Perceptions of the Holocaust in Europe and Muslim Communities (Springer 2013) and Raketen und Zwangsarbeit in Peenemünde – Die Verantwortung der Erinnerung [Rockets and Forced Labor in Peenemunde – The Responsibility to Remember] (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 2014). His forthcoming book with Indiana University Press is Muslim Antisemitism in Europe. He is spending a semester at Indiana University as the Justin M. Druck Family Visiting Scholar in the ISCA, where he is teaching a course on antisemitism.
He will be talking about how Turkish PM Erdogan’s paranoia and authoritarianism in domestic politics as well as his leaning towards radical Islam and support of radical Islamist groups are embedded in his antisemitic world views. His obsession with Jews and Israel meets increasingly widespread opinions in Turkish society. The consequences of antisemitism from the highest level of government are felt in Turkish society, Jewish communities, Israel, and international relations in the Middle East in general.