Vortrag im Oberseminar
Dr. Katharina Bodirsky (Universität Konstanz)
Turkey's Sovereign Wealth Fund: Constituting Sovereignty in a State of Exception
In August 2016 the Turkish government established a Sovereign Wealth Fund (Türkiye Varlık Fonu/ Turkey Wealth Fund) in the midst of political and economic insecurity after the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016. It was to be run by a company whose board members were appointed by and responsible to the Prime Minister, without involvement of the Parliament. One of the explicit purposes of the fund was to secure the financing of large-scale construction projects that have been a hallmark of the AK Party government. In early February 2017, the President signed off on two decisions that transferred, among others, state-owned shares of major companies as well as state-owned land to the Sovereign Wealth Fund. The goal was to mobilize 200 billion US dollars in assets for the fund. This paper takes the case of the Sovereign Wealth Fund as an entry point into a discussion of sovereignty, the economy, and contestation, with the hope to shed light on a moment where a neoliberal global capitalism of crisis meets increasingly illiberal nationalist politics.
Wann? Montag, 4. Dezember 2017 , 18 Uhr
Wo? Institut für Ethnologie, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 München
Raum L155 (Obergeschoss) Lageplan
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