Dr Cemal Burak Tansel
Department of Politics and International Relations
Lecturer in International Politics
Director of Postgraduate (Taught) Recruitment
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Department of Politics and International Relations
Dr Cemal Burak Tansel is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Politics and an Associate Fellow at Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).
His research focuses on the political economy of development and explores the variegated trajectories of capitalist restructuring and state formation in the global South. He is the editor of States of Discipline: Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Contested Reproduction of Capitalist Order, and Authoritarian Neoliberalism: Philosophies, Practices, Contestations (with Ian Bruff). His peer-reviewed research has been published in, among others, the European Journal of International Relations, New Political Economy, Review of International Studies, South European Society and Politics, Globalizations, The South Atlantic Quarterly and Journal of International Relations and Development. His public writing has appeared in Dissent, openDemocracy and Jadaliyya.
Dr Tansel is a Governing Board member of the European International Studies Association (EISA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. At EISA, he coordinates the association’s Mobility and Inclusion Fund. Dr Tansel is also leading the Department’s ‘Decolonising the Curriculum and Education for Sustainability’ portfolio, along with Lisa Stampnitzky and Judith Verweijen.
Between 2021 and 2023, Dr Tansel will be acting as co-chair of Political Economy Beyond Boundaries (with Lisa Tilley), a standing section organised annually at the EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations.
- Research interests
My current research programme focuses on two distinct lines of inquiry:
- My ongoing work on authoritarian neoliberalism investigates the co-constitution of neoliberal economic reforms and authoritarian state practices in the Middle East and beyond. I examine how the judicial, administrative and coercive apparatuses of the state are mobilised to curtail democratic spaces in which to challenge dominant socio-economic policies, and document how these strategies play a key role in shielding a variety of actors and policies from public contestation.
- The second strand of my research programme is concerned with the socio-economic, political and ideological dimensions of capitalist state formation in the Middle East. The project seeks to de-centre Eurocentric and exogenous accounts of modernity and state formation in the region by retracing the centrality of social struggles and subaltern forces in the processes/projects of state formation.
- Authoritarian Neoliberalism: Philosophies, Practices, Contestations. Routledge.
- States of Discipline: Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Contested Reproduction of Capitalist Order. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.
- Historical materialism and international studies: theorising the politics of struggle in the everyday world. International Relations.
- The Shape of ‘Rising Powers’ to Come? The Antinomies of Growth and Neoliberal Development in Turkey. New Political Economy, 25(5), 791-812. View this article in WRRO
- Reproducing Authoritarian Neoliberalism in Turkey: Urban Governance and State Restructuring in the Shadow of Executive Centralization. Globalizations, 16(3), 320-335. View this article in WRRO
- Neoliberalism and the antagonisms of authoritarian resilience in the Middle East. South Atlantic Quarterly, 118(2), 287-305. View this article in WRRO
- National Neoliberalism in Turkey. Dissent, 66(3), 48-56.
- Authoritarian Neoliberalism and Democratic Backsliding in Turkey: Beyond the Narratives of Progress. South European Society & Politics, 23(2), 197-217. View this article in WRRO
- Introduction: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Egypt. Review of African Political Economy, 45(155), 85-90. View this article in WRRO
- Passive revolutions and the dynamics of social change in the peripheries. Review of African Political Economy, 45(155), 115-124. View this article in WRRO
- Geopolitics, social forces, and the international: Revisiting the ‘Eastern Question’. Review of International Studies, 42(3), 492-512. View this article in WRRO
- The enduring relevance of Rosa Luxemburg’s The Accumulation of Capital. Journal of International Relations and Development, 19(3), 420-447.
- The Politics of Contemporary Capitalism in Turkey (and the Politics of its Interlocutors). Development and Change, 46(3), 570-584.
- Deafening silence? Marxism, international historical sociology and the spectre of Eurocentrism. European Journal of International Relations, 21(1), 76-100. View this article in WRRO
- Breaking the Eurocentric cage. Capital & Class, 37(2), 299-307.
- Passive Revolution and Hegemony in Turkey: A Case of Conceptual Conflation?. Felsefelogos(44), 117-168.
- Colonial Lives of the Carceral Archipelago: Rethinking the Neoliberal Security State. International Political Sociology.
- Reproducing authoritarian neoliberalism in Turkey: urban governance and state restructuring in the shadow of executive centralization, Authoritarian Neoliberalism (pp. 88-103). Routledge
- Authoritarian neoliberalism: trajectories of knowledge production and praxis, Authoritarian Neoliberalism (pp. 1-12). Routledge
- Ties that Bind: Popular Uprisings and the Politics of Neoliberalism in the Middle East, Turkey’s Relations with the Middle East (pp. 65-79). Springer International Publishing
- Authoritarian Neoliberalism: Towards a New Research Agenda In Tansel C (Ed.), States of Discipline: Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Contested Reproduction of Capitalist Order (pp. 1-28). London: Rowman & Littlefield International.
- Batımerkezcilik Tartışmaları Işığında Marksizm ve Uluslararası Tarihsel Sosyoloji In Yalvaç F (Ed.), Tarihsel Materyalizm ve Uluslararası İlişkiler Ankara: İmge.
- İngiltere’den Direniş Notları: Neoliberal Yeniden Yapılandırma, Eğitim’de Piyasa Dönüşümü ve Öğrenci Hareketi In Öz D, Dönmez Atbaşı F & Bürkev Y (Ed.), Gerçek, Yıkıcı ve Yaratıcı: Dünyada ve Türkiye’de Üniversite, Eğitim, Gençlik Mücadeleleri (pp. 353-366). Ankara: Notabene.
- Book Review: The making of neoliberal Turkey. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 1-3.
- Debtfare states and the poverty industry: money, discipline and the surplus population. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 29(3), 1200-1205.
- Book Review: The Challenge of Eurocentrism: Global Perspectives, Policy, and Prospects. Review of Radical Political Economics, 46(4), 574-577.
- Book Review: Occupying Syria under the French Mandate: Insurgency, Space and State Formation. Political Studies Review, 12(3), 481-481.
- Book Review: Marx on Gender and the Family: A Critical Study. Political Studies Review, 12(2), 253-253.
- Book Review: Remapping the Ottoman Middle East: Modernity, Imperial Bureaucracy and the Islamic State. Political Studies Review, 12(1), 167-168.
- Book Review: The Ashgate Research Companion to Critical Geopolitics. Geographica Helvetica, 69(3), 223-224.
- Book review: The Fall and Rise of the Asiatic Mode of Production. Capital & Class, 37(3), 499-502.
- Book Review: The Rise and Demise of the Capitalist World System. Political Studies Review, 11(2), 273-273.
- Book Review: Global Justice Networks: Geographies of Transnational Solidarity. Studies in Social Justice, 1(7), 161-163.
- Book Review: Rethinking Imperialism. Political Studies Review, 11(1), 97-98.
- Book Review: Alter-Globalization: Becoming Actors in the Global Age. Capital & Class, 36(2), 346-349.
- http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2016/10/17/immigration-refugees-and-the-politics-of-crisis-a-response-to-wolfgang-streeck/ Immigration, refugees and the politics of crisis: a response to Wolfgang Streeck. Retrieved from
- http://ppesydney.net/blairs-defence-iraq-war-shows-middle-east-still-grossly-misunderstood/ Blair's defence of the Iraq War shows that the Middle East is still grossly misunderstood. Retrieved from
- http://ppesydney.net/reflections-on-debtfare-states-and-the-poverty-industry-2/ Reflections on Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry. Retrieved from
- https://theconversation.com/anger-over-ankara-response-is-a-product-of-turkish-governments-past-record-49067 Anger over Ankara response is a product of Turkish government’s past record. Retrieved from
- http://ppesydney.net/for-a-marxist-critique-of-eurocentrism-or-refusing-to-throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bath-water/ For a Marxist critique of Eurocentrism, or refusing to throw the baby out with the bath water. Retrieved from
- https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/cemal-burak-tansel/reports-of-turkey%E2%80%99s-authoritarianism-are-not-greatly-exaggerated Reports of Turkey’s authoritarianism are not greatly exaggerated. Retrieved from
- http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/12303/defining-the-terrain-of-struggle-in-taksim Defining the terrain of struggle in Taksim. Retrieved from
- https://www.opendemocracy.net/cemal-burak-tansel/gezi-park-occupation-confronting-authoritarian-neoliberalism The Gezi Park occupation: confronting authoritarian neoliberalism. Retrieved from
- Theorising ‘the International’ with Historical Materialism.
- Decoding The Repertoires Of Authoritarian Neoliberalism In Turkey.
- Authoritarian neoliberalism: trajectories of knowledge production and praxis. Globalizations, 16(3), 233-244.
- Research group
Current PhD students:
I would be delighted to receive proposals from prospective doctoral researchers planning to work in the areas of:
- The political economy of development
- Historical sociology of the Middle East
- Contemporary Egyptian and Turkish politics
- Authoritarian neoliberalism
- Historical materialist and postcolonial/decolonial approaches in IR Theory
- Marxist historiography
If you are interested in pursuing a PhD degree under my supervision, please read my suggestions and guidelines for prospective students.
- Teaching activities
I teach modules on the political economy of capitalism, historical materialism and the historical sociology of the Middle East. I am currently convening the following modules in the Department:
- POL217 The Political Economy of Global Capitalism (Level 2).
- POL3030 Marx and Contemporary Marxism (Level 3) (with Peter Verovšek).
- POL3031 The Making of the Modern Middle East (Level 3).
Module outlines are available on my website.
- Professional activities
- 2019–. Governing Board Member of the European International Studies Association.
- 2021–2023. Section co-chair with Lisa Tilley, Political Economy Beyond Boundaries. European International Studies Association Pan-European Conference on International Relations Standing Section.
- 2021. Workshop co-convenor with Jan Wilkens, Nature and Political Order(s): Exploring Environmental Politics, Climate Futures and Decarbonisation in the Middle East. 8th European Workshops in International Studies (30 June–3 July, Thessaloniki).
- 2019. Section co-chair with Jerome Roos, The Spectre of Capitalism in International Studies. European International Studies Association 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations (11–14 September, Sofia).
- 2017. Conference programme co-chair with Victoria Basham, European International Studies Association 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations (13–16 September, Barcelona).
- 2017. Workshop co-convenor with Clemens Hoffmann, Recovering the Middle East in/from International Relations. 4th European Workshops in International Studies (7–10 June, Cardiff).
- 2016. Section co-chair with Ian Bruff, Authoritarian Neoliberalism: Philosophies, Practices, Processes. European International Studies Association 10th Pan-European Conference on International Relations (7–10 September, Izmir).
The full list of my past/upcoming talks, conference panels and workshops can be found on my website.