Department of Sociology and Criminology and Law
Phone: (352) 283-1651
Office Location: 3361A Turlington Hall
Areas of Specialization: Political Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology, Sociological Theory
Tahir Enes Gedik is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Law at the University of Florida. He received his B.Sc. (2009) and M.Sc. (2012) in Sociology from Middle East Technical University (METU). He worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Sociology at METU between 2010-2012. His research interests include political sociology, historical and comparative studies, sociological theory, and quantitative methods.
Gedik’s early research focuses on the history and discourse of rights, and how human rights become the intellectual and moral currency, especially in the context of humanitarian interventions. Currently, he is studying the dynamics and determinants of political and social trust in a comparative perspective using cross-national survey data as well as case studies.
Islam, Modernity, and Ottoman-Turkish Political Imagination
This project examines how the Ottomans and Turks transplanted ideas of modernity at the crucial periods of transition from empire to republic and negotiated them with their Islamic roots. It works through intellectual productions, such as books and opinion editorials, to trace the dynamics of modernity through various competing narratives created from Islamic and Western viewpoints. It also focuses on the limits and potential of these productions – the lines that help to understand the boundaries of modern Turkish politics and their imaginative discourse.