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Academic Background

Arife is a PhD candidate in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication. Combining insights from various approaches in political theory on democracy and totalitarianism with theories of rhetoric, her project aims at examining elements of authoritarianism in a way to help us identify the authoritarian aspects of otherwise non-authoritarian forms of politics. It does so through Rhetorical Political Analysis (RPA) of examples from speeches of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the incumbent president of Turkey and head of Justice and Development Party. Arife holds a BA in Communication Studies from Ankara University in Turkey, and an MRes in Research Methods in Social Sciences - Politics Pathway from UEA. Her doctoral project is funded by University of East Anglia, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. She is also member of Rhetoric, Discourse & Politics Specialist Group of the UK Political Studies Association.