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Acar Kutay

Acar Kutay

Associate Professor

  • Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies

    Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 København S, Søndre Campus, Building: 6A-4-34

    Phone: +45 35 33 35 36

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    I am a Marie-Skladowska Curie Individual Fellow. I obtained my Ph.D. degree in 2011 in the field of Political Science and Public Administration by defending the thesis titled A Critical Assessment of the European Commission's Civil Society Discourse and Social Platform of European NGOs. My research interests are realism and neo-republicanism in political theory, critical approaches in social theory, post-foundational philosophy, Turkish politics, civil society, and governance. Recently, I am studying Islamic law and Islamic political thought.


    Primary fields of research

    My main contribution from my past work consists in applying political and social theory to organized groups in civil society, European governance, and governance theory at large. My analytical and theoretical work has attempted to bring new light on the participation of NGOs into governance mechanisms with a particular focus on the EU’s civil society discourse and managerial formations within civil society. This research was unconventional and multiperspectival in nature; it drew upon multiple theoretical sources and disciplines in order to advance original and critical perspectives, reflecting upon political phenomena from more philosophical and sociological standpoints.  More tellingly, this research navigated through political science, political philosophy/theory, social theory, political economy, global and European governance literature, management studies and history.


    Current Research

    My currentresearch project, funded by the European Union through H2020-Marie-Skladowska Curie individual fellowship, 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. The point is the conflict between secularism and revivalism would not be reconciled any time soon. If secular and the revivalist division is the major line of conflict in Islamic countries, we might need to work on how it would be possible to maintain political legitimacy through constitutions in such antagonistic situation. To this end, the main research questions are these:

    • What are the political and philosophical grounds of the failure of political Islam in justifying its rule to lead a constitutional transformation?
    • How would it be possible to maintain legitimacy in antagonistic situation between popular Islamist groups and seculars?

    I hope to contribute to comparative constitutional studies and political theory by developing and applying a comparative realist theory.



    Before coming to Copenhagen, I taught the following courses: History of Political Thought, Contemporary Political Thought, Political History of Europe, Political Ideologies, Politics and Society, Introduction to Political Science, and Comparative Constitutional Law.

    At University of Copenhagen, I will teach Islamic Law in 2018 autumn semester.



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