Dr. Jeremy F. Walton

Dr. Jeremy F. Walton

Cultural Anthropology

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Jeremy F. Walton leads the research group, “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities,” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany. Prior to his current position, he held research and teaching fellowships at the Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe at the University of Rijeka (2015-2016), the CETREN Transregional Research Network at Georg August University of Göttingen (2013-2015), Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (2012-2013), and New York University’s Religious Studies Program (2009-2012). He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago (2009). Dr. Walton’s first major research project focused on the relationship among Muslim civil society organizations, state institutions, and secularism in contemporary Turkey; his book manuscript based on this research is under contract with Oxford University Press. Dr. Walton has published in a wide selection of scholarly journals, including American Ethnologist, Sociology of Islam, and The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology. Additionally, he was a co-editor of the volume Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency (University of Chicago Press), and has book chapters in Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, Orienting Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe?, The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies, and Everywhere Taksim: Sowing the Seeds for a New Turkey at Gezi. “Empires of Memory,” which Dr. Walton designed, is an interdisciplinary, multi-sited project on the cultural politics of post-imperial memory in eight former Habsburg and Ottoman cities: Vienna, Istanbul, Budapest, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Belgrade, Trieste, and Thessaloniki.


Books and Edited Volumes

[2017] Muslim Civil Society and the Politics of Religious Freedom in Turkey. New York: Oxford University Press.

[2010] Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency. Co-editor, with John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, and Sean Mitchell. Edited volume published by the University of Chicago Press.

Peer-reviewed articles

[2018] (with K. Doolan & D. Cepić) “Charity’s dilemmas: an ethnography of gift-giving and social class in Croatia.” Journal of Organizational Ethnography. doi:10.1108/JOE-03-2018-0015.

[2016] “Architectures of Interreligious Tolerance: The Infrastructural Politics of Place and Space in Croatia and Turkey.” New Diversities 17(2): 7-21.

[2016] “Geographies of Revival and Erasure: Neo-Ottoman Sites of Memory in Istanbul, Thessaloniki, and Budapest,” Die Welt des Islams 56(3-4): 511-533.

[2015] “Labours of Inter-religious Tolerance: Cultural and Spatial Intimacy in Croatia and Turkey.” Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 33(2): 59-76.

[2014] “Is Hizmet Liberal? The Moral-Theological, Institutional, and Aesthetic Dimensions of Gülen Organizations in Istanbul.” Sociology of Islam 1 (3-4): 145-164.

[2013] “Confessional Pluralism and the Civil Society Effect: Liberal Mediations of Islam and Secularism in Contemporary Turkey.” American Ethnologist 40.1 (February): 182-200.

Book chapters

[2015] “‘Everyday I’m Çapulling!’: Global Flows and Local Frictions of Gezi.” Chapter in The Gezi Protests and Beyond: Contesting AKP Rule. Isabel David and Kumru Toktamis, eds. Amsterdam University Press.

[2015] “The Institutions and Discourses of Hizmet, and Their Discontents.” Chapter in Hizmet Means Service: Perspectives on an Alternative Path within Islam. Martin Marty, ed. University of California Press.

[2012] “Religious Criticism, Secular Critique, and the ‘Critical Study of Religion’: Lessons from the Study of Islam.” (Co-authored with Noah D. Salomon)  Chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies. Robert Orsi, ed. Cambridge University Press.

[2010] “Practices of Neo-Ottomanism: Making Place and Space Virtuous in Istanbul.” Chapter in Orienting Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe? Deniz Göktürk, Levent Soysal and İpek Türeli, eds. Routledge. Edited volume published by Routledge.

[2010] “Hungry Wolves, Inclement Storms: Consuming American Power in Turkey in the Age of the War on Terror.” Chapter in Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency.

Reviews and miscellany

[2017] "Beyond Convivencia and Conflict? Reflections on the History and Memory of Andalusian and Ottoman Religious Belonging," Jadaliyya, 17 January, available online at http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/25916/beyond-convivencia-and-conflict-reflections-on-the

[2017] “On the recent past, fraught present, and tenuous future of Turkish Muslim civil society,” The Immanent Frame, 9 June, available online at  http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2017/06/08/turkish-muslim-civil-society/

[2017] “Review of John. R. Bowen, On British Islam: Religion, Law and Everyday Practice in Shari’a Councils,” Islamic Law and Society 24: 304-309 (http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15685195/24/3)

[2016] “La identidad europea y el islam: Reflexiones sobre la historia y la memoria de la pertencia religiosa andalusi y otomana” Revista de Libros, Segunda Epoca (Noviembre) www.revistadelibros.com/articulos/la-identidad-europea-y-el-islam

[2016] “A Salutary Tremor.” Review of Elizabeth Shakman Hurd’s Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion, published on The Immanent Frame, 12 April: http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2016/04/12/a-salutary-tremor/

[2015] “Beyond Blame: Troubling the Semiotic Ideology of Muslim Passion.” Essay published on Jadaliyya.com, 28 May: http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/21728/beyond-blame_troubling-the-semiotic-ideology-of-mun

[2014] “The Poverty of Moral Answers to Political Questions: On Perceptions of Islam in the Wake of ISIS.” Essay published on Jadaliyya.com, 8 November: http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/19907/the-poverty-of-moral-answers-to-political-question