14 August 2017

Acar Kutay joins CECS as Marie-Skladowska Curie Fellow

Kutay is a Marie-Skladowska Curie Fellow. His research, REALIST, aims to investigate and provide new insight into the political and philosophical grounds of the failure of political Islam with a specific focus on how Islamic parties have failed in justifying themselves in recent constitutional transformations. REALIST hopes to contribute to comparative constitutional studies and political theory by developing and applying a comparative realist theory. 

Kutay’s main contribution from his past work consists in applying normative political theory and Foucault’s concepts to organized groups in civil society, European governance, and governance theory at large. His analytical and theoretical work has attempted to bring new light on the participation of NGOs in to governance mechanisms with a particular focus on the EU’s civil society discourse and managerial formations within civil society. 

Kutay is the author of Governance and European Civil Society: Governmentality, Discourse, and NGOs (Routledge, 2014). His articles appeared in journals, among others, in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Globalizations, European Law Journal, and Critical Policy Studies.

Kutay obtained his PhD degree from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. He was previously an associate professor at Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus. Before this experience, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Lund University, granted by the Swedish Institute, and he worked as a research fellow at University of Bergen and in different research institutions in Norway. In Norway, he involved in an international integrated project, Eurosphere, funded by the European Union’s 6th Framework Programme.