Fatma Haron, MA

About the person


since 09/2020 | "Exzellenzstipendium" Scholarship for Doctoral Programs, Vice Rectorate of Research, University of Innsbruck

08/01 – 06/02/2019 | Visiting Researcher at SOAS London

since 01/2018 | Innsbruck Doctoral College "Dynamics of Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalization" Universität Innsbruck

04/07 – 11/07/2018 | CEU Budapest, Summer School “The National and the Transnational”

since 03/2017 | PhD-candidate Philosophy/European Ethnology, University of Innsbruck; supervisor: Ingo Schneider; Andreas Oberprantacher

03/2017–02/2020 | Project Affiliate „Follow the Money. Remittances as Social Practice

2014–2016 | Research Fellow at Ankara Strategy Think Tank

2010–2014 | Goethe Universität Frankfurt, MA Internationale Studies /Peace and Conflict Research

2011–2012 | Erasmus University Granada, Spanien

2009–2010 | Student Assistant at the Department for Peace and Conflict Research, University of Augsburg

2007–2010| University of Augsburg, B.A. Social Sciences

2006–2007 | Ruhr-University Bochum, Dipl. Social Sciences

PhD project

Narrating the Nation – How does the narrative of ‘New Turkey’ shape the self-image of Turkish migrants and their descendants in Austria?

Five decades after the beginning of work migration from Turkey to Austria, the people who came now form part of the Austrian society. Austrian Turks dwell transnational styles by living in Austria, participating socially, culturally and economically in Austrian society while maintaining strong ties to Turkey in sending remittances, visiting family and, in some cases, by planning remigration. One of those ties to Turkey is a political one: The current ruling party, Justice and Development Party, in Turkey represented for many the foster child as a secular Muslim society; however, been promoting a promising ‘New Turkey’ (White 2013) by breaking with the former secular Kemalist Republic and inducing the rising of an Anatolian bourgeoisie (Yavuz 2003) this new identity lead to severe concerns. The focus is on money as well as social remittances, i.e. objects, values, social capital, ideas and narratives. With this perspective, the study investigates how the political change in Turkey and the discourse of a rising Islamic political identity is perceived in the Turkish diaspora communities in Austria. To what extend do the narratives of Turkishness shape the transnational identity of Austrian Turks? In addition, how does renationalisation take place at a stage of transnationality? Claiming transnational identification as a form of social remittance, the epistemological concern is to understand and describe how self-images emerge through narratives. The research design combines approaches from discourse analysis and ethnographic fieldwork. With this triangulated methodology, different narrative positions and various forms of identifications are to be detected. It is a matter of concern to understand the developments on a political and social level and not merely reproduce the narrative of ‘New Turkey’, thus the ethnographic approach supports to accompany the daily routines of the actors and the attempt to see their positions through their eyes and with their own descriptions.

Project Description

Research interests

  • Transnational Migration
  • Social Remittances
  • Transnational political practices
  • Nationalism
  • Identification and Subjectivities
  • Peace Processes
  • Transitional Justice

Conference presentations

  • SOAS London, Transnational Working of Nationalism – New Turkey and the self-understanding of Turkish women in rural Tyrol, 1.February 2019, London
  • Comment on ‚New Turkey in the living rooms of rural Tyrol’, September 2018, Innsbruck, More than Money. Remittances as Social Practice Conference
  • Comment on ‚Transitional Justice and Reconciliation‘ | Discussion „Reconciliation and Social Healing in Afghanistan“, Innsbruck, House of Encounter, 09. Oktober 2017 
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Transitional Justice as a peacebuilding concept – Turkey and the Kurdish Issue | Istanbul Human Security Conference, Istanbul, 18.–20. Oktober 2015


Innsbruck Doctoral College "Dynamics of Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalization“ 
Research Focus „Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts“

Room: GEIWI tower, 7th floor, 40729
Phone: +43 512 507-4435

Mail: fatma.haron[at]uibk.ac.at

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