Onur Kapdan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology with a concentration in Social Movements, Revolutions and Social Change, and Global Studies. He was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey and received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University. Onur has an MA in Development Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden, an MSc. from the University of Strathclyde in International Public Policy, and a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation, “Irregular Times: Gezi Movement and the AKP Regime – A Study in Global Capitalism, State and Radical Subjectivity ” examines the 2013 Gezi Movement in Turkey in a comparative-historical framework that includes autonomist and horizontal movements of the last two decades (Occupy, M15, the Zapatistas, so on), and also linking empirical findings to enrich radical thought on spontaneity, subjectivity, and radical social change in an era of global crisis. Onur has since written on the Gezi Protests including the International Marxist-Humanist Journal with the title “Reflections on Turkey’s Gezi Park Protests,” and currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey.
Interests: globalization and radical social change, critical theory, social movements, political sociology