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Ms S.Y. (Semiha) Sozeri

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Educational Sciences

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
Postal address
  • Postbus 15776
    1001 NG Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Semiha Sözeri is a PhD candidate in the Research Institute for Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam. She participates in the research project entitled ‘The Pedagogy of the Mosque: Aiding or Frustrating Integration in the Netherlands’ supervised by Dr. Hülya Kosar Altinyelken and Prof. Dr. Monique Volman.

    Her PhD project investigates the role played by non-formal Islamic religious education in the integration of the Turkish immigrant children in the Netherlands.

    Semiha Sözeri studied Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey) and she holds a MSc degree from the research master's programme 'Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism' at Utrecht University. Her master's thesis focused on the effects of media on the exclusionary reactions against immigrants and far-right voting attitudes in the Netherlands. Before starting her PhD project, she worked as a research assistant in projects focusing on Turkish immigrant integration in Erasmus University Rotterdam and Vrije University Amsterdam.

    Her research interests involve sociology of education, immigrant integration, ethnic and religious identity formation, and sociology of religion.

    Semiha Sözeri is a junior member of the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies.

  • Publications



    • Kosar-Altinyelken, H., & Sözeri, S. (2018). Assumptions and implications of adopting educational ideas from the West: The case of student-centered pedagogy in Turkey. In M. Akiba, & G. K. LeTendre (Eds.), International Handbook of Teacher Quality and Policy (pp. 255-270). New York: Routledge. [details]
    • Öztürk, A. E., & Sözeri, S. (2018). Diyanet as a Turkish foreign policy tool: Evidence from the Netherlands and Bulgaria. Politics and Religion, 11(3), 624-648. [details]


    • Kosar-Altinyelken, H., & Sozeri, S. Y. (2018). Mosque pedagogy as a travelling policy between the Netherlands and Turkey. Paper presented at Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 2018 Annual Conference, Mexico – March 25-29, 2018

      , Mexico City , Mexico.
    • Öztürk, A. E., & Sozeri, S. Y. (2018). Turkey’s religious bureaucracy as an instrument of foreign policy: The Dutch and Bulgarian cases in comparative perspective. Paper presented at International Studies Association (ISA)'s 59th Annual Convention, San Francisco, California , San Francisco, United States.


    • Sozeri, S. Y. (2017). "Not integration but “inter-creation”: How do Turkish imams and Qur’an teachers define integration in the Netherlands?". 86-87. Paper presented at The Migration Conference 2017, Athens, Greece.


    • Sozeri, S. (2017). Emerging Scholar Award awarded by the Religion in Society research network.

    Media appearance

    • Sozeri, S. (09-02-2019). Başka topraklarda köklenen bir karahindiba çiçeği [Radio] Bulgarian National Radio. Interview with Semiha Sözeri for the Bulgarian National Radio.
    • Sozeri, S. (27-06-2018). Nederland krijgt een nieuwe imamopleiding, nu van moskeekoepel Milli Görüs. Nederland krijgt een nieuwe imamopleiding, nu van moskeekoepel Milli Görüs.

    Talk / presentation

    • Sozeri, S. (speaker) (8-12-2017). Mosque Education and the Next Generation of Muslim Dutch Citizens: Dilemmas of Separation and Integration, "Religion as a foreign policy tool : Scrutinising the multi-dimensional role of Turkey’s Diyanet abroad", Strasbourg, France.


    • Sozeri, S. (participant) (5-4-2019 - 9-4-2019). AERA, Toronto, Canada. Presenting preliminary findings of my PhD research with paper entitled "What Do They Teach Them at the Mosque? Turkish Mosque Education in the (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sozeri, S. (participant) (13-12-2018). European Languages as Muslim Lingua Francas, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Discussant of Welmoet Boender's paper 'The Role of Language in the Development of Islamic Theology Programs at Western European Universities'

      (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sozeri, S. (participant) (28-6-2017 - 30-6-2017). Migration, Diversity and the City - 14th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Presented the paper "Training imams in the Netherlands". (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sozeri, S. (participant) (17-4-2017 - 18-4-2017). Seventh International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, London, United Kingdom. Presenting preliminary findings of the paper "Training imams in the Netherlands: The failure of a post-secular endeavor" (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sozeri, S. (participant) & Kosar-Altinyelken, H. (organiser) (3-4-2017). "Young Muslims in the Netherlands: Caught up between school and the mosque?", Amsterdam, Netherlands. Speaker at the public debate "Young Muslims in the Netherlands: Caught up between school and the mosque?" organized by SPUI 25. (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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