Science, religion, and the nation: de-scienticizing Nobel Prize scientist Aziz Sancar


GEZGİN E., CANBOLAT A. A.

SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN AND BLACK SEA STUDIES, vol.22, no.3, pp.403-418, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14683857.2022.2067097
  • Title of Journal : SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN AND BLACK SEA STUDIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.403-418
  • Keywords: Scientific persona, Aziz Sancar, performance, science, de-scienticization, nationalism, Turkey, POLICIES, PERSONAE

Abstract

This article examines the emergence of Nobel Prize-winning Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar as a scientific persona model. After receiving the Nobel Prize in 2015, Sancar's nationalistic tendencies and close relationship with incumbent Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi - AKP) leaders opened up a wide range of discussions on how a scientist's relationship with politics should be intellectually interpreted. Focusing on the case of Aziz Sancar, this article examines the specific contextual conditions in which a scientist expresses his identity and how it is interpreted by the public. To this end, the aim of this work is to present an in-depth analysis of the discussions that took place in Eksi Sozluk, a popular social media platform acting as an online forum in Turkey, and news from the national media and to scrutinize how a scientific persona is conceived in Turkey and how Aziz Sancar has been 'de-scienticized' in the heavy polarized Turkish political atmosphere.