Turkay Salim Nefes

Associate Member

Tel.: 01865 281740

Türkay Nefes completed his PhD at the Sociology Department of the University of Kent in 2010. His doctoral research, titled 'Towards a Sociology of Conspiracy Theories: An Investigation into Conspiratorial Thinking on Dönmes', examines the content, propagation and political effects of anti-Semitic conspiratorial accounts about a crypto-Jewish society in Turkey, called Dönmes (Converts). The study contributes to the academic literature by empirically outlining the socio-political reasons and significance of conspiracy theories.

Between July and December 2011, Türkay took part in a postdoctoral project at the Freiburg University, Sociology Institute. His research focused on the use of Durkheim's perspective by one of the founding fathers of Turkish sociology, Ziya Gökalp, in the early twentieth century.

Currently, Türkay is extending his doctoral research to two main areas: rational choice theory and online conspiracy theories. His research 'The Rise of the Internet as a New Domain of Conspiracy Theories' explores social networks created by online conspiracy theories. 

Political sociology, Conspiracy theories, Anti-Semitism, Durkheimian sociology, Rational choice theory, Turkish society/sociology/politics. 


Nefes, T. S. (2015) Online Anti-Semitism in Turkey, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Nefes, T. S. (2017) ‘The impacts of the Turkish Government’s ‘interest rate lobby’ theory about the Gezi Park Protests’, Social Movement Studies (forthcoming).

Nefes, T. S. (2017) ‘The sociological foundations of Turkish nationalism’, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (forthcoming)

Nefes, T. S. (2015) ‘Understanding the anti-Semitic rhetoric in Turkey through the Sevres syndrome’, Turkish Studies 16(4): 572-587.

Nefes, T. S. (2015) ‘Scrutinizing impacts of conspiracy theories on readers' political views: a rational choice perspective on anti-Semitic rhetoric in Turkey’, British Journal of Sociology 66(3): 557-575.

Nefes, T. S. (2014) ‘Rationale of conspiracy theorizing: who shot the president Chen Shui-bian?’ Rationality and Society 26(3): 373-394.

Nefes, T. S. (2014) ‘Teaching sociology seminars through The Simpsons: Homer under Mills’ eye’, Journal of Sociology 50(2): 119-137.

Nefes, T. S. (2013) ‘Political parties’ perceptions and uses of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in Turkey’, The Sociological Review 61(2): 247-264.

Nefes, T. S. (2013) ‘Ziya Gökalp’s adaptation of Emile Durkheim’s sociology in his formulation of the modern Turkish nation’, International Sociology 28(3): 335-350.

Nefes, T. S. (2012) ‘The history of the social constructions of Dönmes (converts)’, Journal of Historical Sociology 25(3): 413-439.

Nefes, T. S. (2007) ‘Zygmunt Bauman on postmodernity: a prophet or a story teller’, Civil Academy 5(2): 25-30.
Diken, B., Laustsen, B. and Nefes, T. S. (2005) ‘Hamam’, ToplumBilim 18: 13-20 [in Turkish].

Nefes, T. S. (2004) ‘New stories of the city’, Birikim 182: 67-71 [in Turkish].

Diken, B., Laustsen, B. and Nefes, T. S. (2003) ‘Postmodern violence: the Fight Club in the network society’, Doğu Batı 23: 56-69 [in Turkish].

Nefes, T. S. (2003) ‘From globalization to viva Zapata’, Birikim 168: 85-90 [in Turkish].

Book chapters
Nefes, T. S. (2018) ‘The conspiratorial style in Turkish politics: discussing the deep state in the parliament’, in J. Uscinski (ed.) Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them, New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

Nefes, T. S. (2017) ‘Framing of a popular conspiracy theory’, in E. Asprem, A. Dyrendal and D. Robertson (eds.) Brill Handbook of Conspiracy Theory and Contemporary Religion, Leiden: Brill (forthcoming).

Nefes, T. S. (2017) ‘Dönmes: heroes and villains of Turkish modernisation’, in M Dabag (ed.) Lexicon of non-national communities and diasporas in the Mediterranean, Munich, Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink (forthcoming) [in German].

Nefes, T. S. (2014) ‘The function of secrecy in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories: the case of Dönmes in Turkey’, in M. Reinkowski and M. Butter (eds.) Conspiracy Theories in the United States and the Middle East: A Comparative Approach, Berlin: De Gruyter: 139-156.

Nefes, T. S. (2011) ‘Conspiracy theories as conduits of fundamentalist knowledge’, in U. Martensson, U. Bailey, P. Ringrose, A. Dyrendal (eds.) Fundamentalism in the Modern World: Fundamentalism, Politics and History: The State Globalization and Political Ideologies, London: I.B. Tauris: 219-239.

Selected reviews
Nefes, T. S. (2016) ‘Antisemitism and the constitution of sociology’, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.
Nefes, T. S. (2010) ‘Conspiracy panics: political rationality and popular culture’, Sociological Research Online 15(4).

Recent op-ed
Nefes, T. S. (2016) ‘Children’s centres and integration’, Opendemocracy