Dr Bulent Diken

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Research Interests

I did my first degree in urban planning in Denmark (The Aarhus School of Architecture). From 1994 to 1997 I worked on my PhD thesis with the title "Strangers, Ambivalence and Social Theory", followed by another research project focused on the sociology of mobility. During 1998-1999 I held an assistant professorship at Roskilde University, Department of Geography. I came to Lancaster in September 1999.

My present research has the title: "The City and Social Theory – Revisiting the Urban Question”. In general I work on social theory, urbanism, political philosophy, cinema, post-structuralism and migration.

Currently I am teaching three undergraduate courses, "Terror", "Sociology Goes to Hollywood", and "City and Mobility", as well as a MA course, "Social and Cultural Theory". I am interested in supervising PhD projects related to diagnostic social theory, new social theories, social philosophy, politics, mobility, urban issues, and post-structuralism.

God, politics, economy: social theory and the paradoxes of religion
Diken, B. 5/08/2015 London : Routledge. 150 p. ISBN: 9781138014671.
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Political spirituality: the devils, possession, and truth-telling
Diken, B. 03/2015 In: Cultural Politics. 11, 1, p. 18-35. 18 p.
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Critique as justification – and beyond
Diken, B. 2015 In: The Sociological Review.
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Profanation in Spinoza and Badiou: religion and truth
Diken, B. 2015 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 24 p.
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The map, the territory, and the impossibility of painting a priest
Diken, B. 2015 In: Critical Sociology.
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Religious antinomies of post-politics
Diken, B. 06/2014 In: The post-political and its discontents. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press p. 126-145. 20 p. ISBN: 9870748682973.
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Nihilism, revolt, and the spectacle
Diken, B. 2014 In: The politics of nihilism. New York : Bloomsbury
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The emancipated city: notes on Gezi revolts
Diken, B. 2014 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 18, 4, p. 315-328. 14 p.
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Mobility and the camp
Diken, B., Laustsen, C.B. 2013 In: New mobilities regimes in art and social sciences. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 203-214. 12 p. ISBN: 9781409450924.
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The war against terror, neo-medievalism, and the Egyptian Revolution
Diken, B. 08/2012 In: New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory and Politics . 75, p. 26-44. 19 p.
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Revolt, revolution, critique: the paradox of society
Diken, B. 2012 London : Routledge. 204 p. ISBN: 9780415495448.
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The hurt locker: cinematic addiction, ‘critique’ and the war on terror
Bennett, B., Diken, B. 07/2011 In: Cultural Politics. 7, 2, p. 165-188. 24 p.
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Fire as a metaphor of (im)mobility
Diken, B. 2011 In: Mobilities. 6, 1, p. 95-102. 8 p.
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Huxley’s 'Brave New World' – and ours
Diken, B. 2011 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 15, 2, p. 153-172. 20 p.
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Militarization as comedy of (t)errors
Diken, B. 2011 In: Economia Autonoma. 4, 7, p. 72-92. 21 p.
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Revolt as pure politics – and the subject
Diken, B. 2011 In: Third Text. 25, 5, p. 539-551. 13 p.
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The ghost of Spartacus
Diken, B. 2011 In: Journal of War and Culture Studies. 4, 3, p. 399-411. 13 p.
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Nihilism
Diken, B. 2009 London : Routledge. 187 p. ISBN: 9780415452182.
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Radical critique as the paradox of post-political society
Diken, B. 2009 In: Third Text. 23, 5, p. 579-586. 8 p.
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Climates of nihilism
Diken, B. 2008 In: Third Text. 22, 6, p. 719-732. 14 p.
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Houellebecq, or, the carnival of spite
Diken, B. 2007 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 11, 1, p. 57-73. 17 p.
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Sociology Through the Projector.
Diken, B., Lausten, C.B. 2007 Routledge. 192 p. ISBN: 0415445973.
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From exception to rule: from 9/11 to the comedy of (t)errors
Diken, B. 2006 In: Irish Journal of Sociology. 15, 1, p. 81-98. 18 p.
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From war to war: 'Lord Of The Flies' as sociology of spite
Diken, B., Laustsen, C.B. 2006 In: Alternatives. 31, 4, p. 431-452. 22 p.
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9/11 as a Hollywood fantasy
Diken, B., Lausten, C.B. 12/2005 In: P.O.V.: a Danish Journal Film Studies. 20, p. 41-50. 10 p.
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Hamam
Diken, B., Laustsen, C.B., Nefes, T. 01/2005 In: Toplumbilim. 18, p. 63-76. 14 p.
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Art on Terror: The Incendiary Device of Philosophy.
Reeve, H., Bayly, S., Diken, B., Trehy, T. 2005 London : Artwords Press. 44 p. ISBN: 978-0954390860.
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Becoming Abject: Rape as a Weapon of War.
Diken, B., Laustsen, C.B. 2005 In: Body and Society. 11, 1, p. 111-128. 18 p.
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City of God.
Diken, B. 2005 In: City. 9, 3, p. 307-320. 14 p.
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The culture of exception : sociology facing the camp.
Diken, B., Laustsen, C.B. 2005 London : Routledge. 214 p. ISBN: 0415351227 (pbk.), 0415351235 (hbk).
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Sea, sun, sex and the discontents of pleasure.
Diken, B., Laustsen, C.B. 08/2004 In: Tourist Studies. 4, 2, p. 99-114. 16 p.
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Artworks networks - field, system or mediators?
Diken, B., Albertsen, N. 1/06/2004 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 21, 3, p. 35-58. 24 p.
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From Refugee Camps to Gated Communities - Biopolitics and the End of the City.
Diken, B. 1/03/2004 In: Citizenship Studies. 8, 1, p. 83-106. 24 p.
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I terrorens skygge
Diken, B., Laustsen, C.B. 2004 Copenhagen : Samfundslitteratur. 201 p. ISBN: 9788759311622.
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Fra 7-eleven til 9.11 - terror I netvaerksamfundet' (From 7/11 to 9/11 - terror in the network society).
Diken, B., Lausten, C.B. 2003 In: Distinktion - Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory. 6, p. 123-36. 88 p.
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Massen' (The mass).
Diken, B., Lausten, C.B. 2003 In: Mutant. 3, p. 28-41. 14 p.
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Postmodern Şiddet - Network Toplumunda Dövüş Kulübü(Postmodern violence - 'Fight club' in the network society).
Diken, B. 2003 In: Doğu Bati. 23, p. 263-283. 21 p.
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Zones of indistinction : security, terror and bare life.
Diken, B., Laustsen, C.B. 2003 In: Territories. Islands, camps, and other states of utopia. Berlin : Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König p. 42-51. 10 p. ISBN: 3883757349.
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Enjoy your fight! - fight club as a symptom of the network society.
Diken, B., Laustsen, C.B. 10/2002 In: Cultural Values. 6, 4, p. 349-367. 19 p.
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Zones of indistinction : camps of security and terror.
Diken, B., Laustsen, C.B. 08/2002 In: Space and Culture. 5, 3, p. 290-307. 18 p.
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Indistinktion.
Diken, B., Laustsen, C.B. 2002 In: Distinktion - Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory. 4, p. 93-112. 20 p.
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The aesthetic critique of capitalism and transpolitics of immigration.
Diken, B. 2002 In: Under (de)construction : perspectives on cultural siversity in visual and performing arts. Helsinki, Finland : NIFCA (Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art) p. 57-82. 26 p. ISBN: 9518955727.
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Postal Economies of the Orient
Diken, B. 12/2001 In: Millennium : Journal of International Studies. 30, 3, p. 761-784. 24 p.
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Aesthetics of displacement and (post)politics of immigration
Diken, B. 2001 In: NIFCAinfo. 4, 1, p. 12-14. 3 p.
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Justification, multiculturalism and post politics after 'nine eleven'
Diken, B. 2001 In: Third Text. 15, 57, p. 1-12. 12 p.
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Mobility, justification, and the city
Albertsen, N., Diken, B. 2001 In: Nordic Journal of Architectural Research. 14, 1, p. 13-24. 12 p.
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Strangers, ambivalence and social theory
Diken, B. 1998 Aldershot : Ashgate. 352 p. ISBN: 9781840145229.
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Fra Østtyrkiet til Vestdanmark: fra landsbyliv til ghettotilværelse i det fascinerende og kedelige Ikast
Diken, B. 1995 Copenhagen : Akademisk Forlag. 183 p. ISBN: 9788750033509 .
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