Ece Temelkuran

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Ece Temelkuran is one of Turkey’s best-known journalists and political commentators. She graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law in 1995 and has been a journalist since 1993. She published her first book (Bütün Kadınların Kafası Karışıktır (Women are all Confused)) in 1994 and, until recent political upheaval caused her to lose her job, she had written columns for Milliyet (2000-2009) and Habertürk (2009-2011), for whom she also produced and presented a TV series (2010-2011).

Her books broach subjects which are highly controversial in Turkey, such as Kurdish and Armenian issues, the women’s movement and political prisoners. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Pen for Peace Award and Turkish Journalist of the Year, and her articles have been published in international media outlets such as Nawaat, New Left Review, Le Monde Diplomatique, Global Voices Advocacy, Al Akhbar, the New Statesman and The Guardian.

In her latest book, Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy, Ece asks what makes Turkey what it is today and takes us on a tour of the country and its society.

Information valid as of autumn 2016.