Dr. Önder Cetin

Önder Cetin joined the GEI as a research fellow in January 2016, where he studied the incorporation of cultural memory instruments into Turkish textbooks in order to contribute to the maintenance of a shared memory and social cohesion by addressing the country’s multicultural heritage.

Currently, he works as a research fellow in the Department of Europe. His research, integrated into the GEI Project "Migration and Education," focuses on how migration and other population movements are treated in Turkish textbooks and how the constructed discourses and images contribute to the development of “informed, engaged, responsible and responsive global citizens.”

His research on the role of textbooks in the construction of nation-building and inter-communal relations dates back to his PhD research at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (2011). His thesis examined the role of Bosniak ulama in shaping Bosniak national identity and rebuilding inter-communal relations in the post-war era, including their use of religious textbooks. In his most recent research project, he focused on the perceptions of migrants in Turkey and taught about transnational migration as a visiting scholar at the Max Weber Institute for Sociology at Heidelberg University during the winter 2016 semester.

Önder Cetin’s research interests include the use of cultural memory, particularly nostalgia, in constructing a sense of belonging and shaping inter-communal relations, including migration and post-conflict processes.


  • ‘Book Review of Religion as a Conversation Starter: Interreligious Dialogue for Peacebuilding in the Balkans, Ina Merdjanova and Patrice Brodeur, 2009. London and New York: Continuum’. Insight Turkey 17, no. 2 (spring 2015).
  • ‘Islamic Religious Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina- Between Coexistence and Segregation’. In Islam in Political-Cultural Europe, edited by W. C. Durham, D. Kirkham and T. Lindholm, 165–87. London/New York: Routledge. 2012.
  • ‘Faith-based NGOs and Peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina’. In The Ashgate Companion to Religion and Conflict Resolution, edited by L. Marsden, 461–99. Surrey: Ashgate, 2012.
  • ‘Muslims, Bosnians and Bosniaks shaped among Sarajevo, Sandžak and Belgrade’. In Spaces and Borders: Current Research on Religion in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by A. Máté-Tóth and C. Rughiniş, 65–80. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2011.
  • ‘1941 Resolutions of El-Hidaje in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a Case of Traditional Conflict Transformation’. EJEPS (European Journal of Economic and Political Studies) 3, no. 2 (2010): 73–83.
  • ‘20. yüzyıl Bosna'sında bir tartışma: Türkiye'ye göç hicret sayılır mı?’ [A Debate in 20th century Bosna: Is immigration to Turkey considered to be hijra?]. Toplumsal Tarih 201 (2010): 28–31.
  • ‘Mujahidin in Bosnia: From Ally to Challenger’. ISIM Review 21 (2008): 14–15.
  • ‘Bosnian Intellectuals and the Idea of Bosnianhood: Key do Deadlock?’ In Proceedings of the 3rd Annual South-east European Doctoral Student Conference, edited by I. Paraskakis and A. Luneski, 441–51. Thessaloniki: South-East European Research Centre.