About the institute

The core mission of the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS) is to contribute to a broad and well informed understanding of Turkey and Turkish affairs in academia, civil society, government, and the private sector in Europe as well as the rest of the world.


Our Research

SUITS is an interdisciplinary research institute that aims to produce research of the highest international quality within both the social sciences and humanities. Research at the Institute falls under the broad label Turkish studies.


Researchers at SUITS

SUITS researchers

Paul T Levin, Director

Jenny White, Professor Emerita

Seren Selvin Korkmaz, Doctoral Researcher

Imren Borsuk, Postdoctoral Researcher (on leave)

Reuben Silverman, Postdoctoral Researcher

Cengiz Candar, Distinguished Associate Fellow

Bengi Ruken Cengiz

Pinar Sayan

Erol Saglam

Åsa Eldén
Bilge Yabancı
Lorenzo d'Orsi

Berna Ekal Simsek
Asli Postaci
Shokoufeh Arvin

Bahar Baser
Ahmet Kaysili

Digdem Soyaltin

Murat Somer
Jozsef Fekete


Events and Seminars

Event with Idil Esser, Photo: Kimberly Parke

SUITS hosts open lectures and panel discussions throughout the year and our researchers also participate in open events hosted my numerous other institutions - in Stockholm, nationally and internationally. Please subscribe to our newsletter and like our Facebook page to keep updated on future events.

Upcoming events are listed on the calendar page

Research seminars are held throughout the academic year and are aimed at scholars working in related academic fields. Members of the public may be able to participate if space allows. Please contact Paul T. Levin paul.t.levin@suits.su.se for inquiries about Research Seminars.



We send out a newsletter twice a year and also keep recipients informed about upcoming events.

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SUITS Newsletter Spring 2022 “Spotlight on a broad and well-informed understanding”

SUITS Newsletter Fall/Winter 2021 “SUITS in transition: Revitalisation, publications, opportunities and partnerships”

SUITS Newsletter Spring 2021 “Letter from the director: Academic freedom, CEST events and our move”

SUITS Newsletter Winter 2020 “December events”

SUITS Newsletter 2019 “SUITS becomes leader for CEST” 

SUITS Newsletter Fall/Winter 2018 “SUITS in our 5th year”

SUITS Newsletter Spring/Summer 2018 “Highlights from the Spring”

SUITS Newsletter Fall 2017 “Highlights from the Fall”

SUITS Newsletter Spring 2017 “Letter from the director: One of my most important duties is to safeguard this space for independent and high-quality scholarship.”




The Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies – (SUITS) is an independent crossdisciplinary research institute within the social sciences and humanities academic fields. SUITS was established on 1 October 2012 and publicly inaugurated on March 12, 2013. The institute was first located at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, and is now affiliated with the Department of Economic History and International Relations since 2021.

The institute is managed by its Director, Paul T. Levin, who is appointed by the President of Stockholm University. The Director is employed full-time as a researcher, and charged with managing the institute in accordance with the decisions made by a Board consisting of four Stockholm University Professors together with a Chair (Professor Johan Kleman).

The Board meets at least once per semester and approves a budget along with an activityplan as well as the annual report.



For general inquiries:

Dr. Paul T. Levin

Visiting address:
Södra huset, Building A, Floor 2
106 91 Stockholm

Postal address:
Department of Economic History and International Relations
Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm

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The University press service is most effectively accessed via the press telephone number or email address below:

Press contacts:
Press telephone: +46 8 16 40 90
E-mail: press@su.se

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