13 September 2017

This September ULIP is delighted to welcome two new Erasmus Research Fellows joining us for the academic year 2017-18.

Jordan Skinner and Idil Onen, both graduates of Central European University in Budapest, have received Erasmus+ Internship Mobility Awards to spend the next nine months at ULIP. Alongside pursuing their own research, Idil and Jordan will be leading a regular discussion group on critical theory and will be co-organising our new lecture series, Dis-placing Politics.

Idil Onen is a historian of modern and contemporary politics and nationalism in the Ottoman Empire and the Early Turkish Republic. Originally from Istanbul, she completed a MA from Central European University in Budapest in Comparative History. She is specifically interested in the current political and historical background of the religious and ethnics minorities in Turkey. Her research focuses on the minority communities in the late Ottoman Empire with a specific focus on the role that non-muslims played within the late Ottoman military structure. Additionally, her research investigates the long history of the Turkish nationalist movements and its effects on society. While living in Paris, she will be expanding her research to investigate different waves of Turkish and Kurdish migration into Europe during the 20th and 21st century. Her main aim while at ULIP is to develop her PhD research project which will examine the connection between history and contemporary Turkish politics. Her time at ULIP will allow for the chance to interact with new and interesting research topics from leading international voices. She also believes that ULIP will provide her a fruitful and free academic space.

Jordan Skinner is a philosopher and writer. After completing a joint degree in contemporary philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London and in the philosophy department at Université Paris 8, he went on to study comparative history in the Medieval Studies department at Central European University in Budapest. While studying in London and Paris, he focused his research on contemporary French philosophy and modern German philosophy (Hegel & Schelling), but over the last two years he has returned to the past to investigate how late antiquity and scholastic ways of thinking continue to inform contemporary philosophy, politics, poetics, and aesthetics. His research interests include: postclassical literature and politics, political theology, comparative poetics, and critical theory.

"To abandon the past to the night of facticity is a way of depopulating the world."—Simone de Beauvoir