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

Canbolat, Argun Abrek
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.


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E. GEZGİN and A. A. Canbolat, “Science, religion, and the nation: de-scienticizing Nobel Prize scientist Aziz Sancar,” SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN AND BLACK SEA STUDIES, pp. 0–0, 2022, Accessed: 00, 2022. [Online]. Available: