Ulrike Flader

Ulrike Flader


Dr. Ulrike Flader

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Ulrike Flader is a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research and postdoc researcher of the Soft Authoritarianisms Research Group led by University Bremen Excellence Chair Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria.

She holds a PhD from the University of Manchester and has worked in and on Turkey for many years. Her research is located in the field of anthropology of the state. It centres on questions of governmentality, authoritarianism, citizenship, political subjectivity, everyday resistance and social movements. For her PhD, she conducted a multi-site ethnographic study analyzing specific practices of everyday resistance of Kurds in Turkey against the state policies of assimilation. She thereby focussed on certain rituals, objects and practices in the everyday, through which these techniques of citizenship are put into practice, and how they are undermined and subverted from below.

Her present research examines current forms of government which blur the line between authoritarian and democratic rule. As part of the Soft Authoritarianisms Research Group, she is conducting a case study on Turkey, in which she focusses on the ambivalent and fluid political, juridical, and social configurations which manage to dismantle of opposition, and specifically on the affective production of apathy in this context.   

  • Political Anthropology and Ethnography of the State
  • Citizenship Studies, Governmentality and Political Subjectivity
  • Authoritarianism, Nationalism and Assimilation Policies
  • Everyday Resistance and Social Movement Studies
  • Contemporary Politics in Turkey, the Kurdish Question and Movement
  • Methods of Qualitative Social and Cultural Research

Flader, Ulrike (under review). “Insurrections of Conduct. Subverting the Policies of Assimilation of the Turkish State”, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power

Flader, Ulrike und Çetin Gürer. (2019). “Building Alternative Communities within the State: The Kurdish Movement, Local Municipalities and Democratic Autonomy” in: Niamh McCrea/Fergal Finnegan Funding, Power and Community Development, Policy Press

Alıcı, Nisan/Daşlı, Güneş/Flader, Ulrike (2016). Kadınların Barış Mücadelesinde Dünya Deneyimleri. Sıbıstan, Kosova, Sri Lanka, Suriye, Ankara: Demos [Language: Turkish; Struggles for Peace: Experiences of Women in Serbia, Kosovo, Sri Lanka and Syria]

Flader, Ulrike (2012). “Massenprozess statt Friedensbestrebungen. Zum derzeitigen KCK-Verfahren in der Türkei“, Forum Wissenschaft (2)

Böttcher, Katharina/Flader, Ulrike/Gönen, Gerald/Kramer, Paul (Eds.) (2007). Wege zur Reflexion. Unbehagen – Aufklärung – Gesellschaftskritik, Hamburg: Dr. Kovač

Flader, Ulrike (2007). Zur Lage einer kritischen Sozialwissenschaft. Neoliberale Dogmen und poststrukturalistische Theorie. In: Böttcher, Katharina/Flader, Ulrike/Gönen, Gerald/Kramer, Paul (Eds.) (2007). Wege zur Reflexion. Unbehagen – Aufklärung – Gesellschaftskritik, Hamburg: Dr. Kovač

Ulrike Flader teaches in political anthropology, introduction to social and cultural anthropology, ethnographic research methods, and on the Kurdish Question. All her courses are held in English language. Final assignments can however also be handed-in in German and Turkish. Past seminars have included: 

  • BA-Module 1: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology I (Winter)
  • BA-Module 1: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology II (Summer)
  • BA-Module 4: Introduction to Political Anthropology
  • BA-Module 4: Magic of the State: Power and Politics in Anthropology
  • BA-Module 5: Introduction to Qualitative Methods of Cultural Research and Anthropology
  • BA-Module 6: Creative Interviewing and Analysis
  • BA-Module 7: Society, Politics and Histories in the Middle East and Beyond
  • BA-Module 8/9: Power, Politics and Culture
  • MA and BA-Module 8/9: Authoritarianism and its Contesters

She supervises BA and MA theses in the field of political anthropology and social movements, Kurdish society, politics and the Kurdish Question as well as on Turkey.