Einar Wigen

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Academic Interests

Einar Wigen is associate professor of Turkish studies, part of the research project LIFETIMES and leads the project EPIDEMICS.

He has recently published two monographs:

The Steppe Tradition in International Relations: Russians, Turks and European State-Building 4000 BCE–2018 CE (with Iver B. Neumann). This book is about the importance of the steppe nomads for polity formation in Eurasia, with particular emphasis on Russia, the Ottoman Empire and Turkey.

And State of Translation: Turkey in Interlingual Relations, which is based on Wigen's doctoral dissertation on the role of concept translation in the transformation of the Ottoman Empire into the Republic of Turkey, as well as in the international relations of these states.

Before taking up his position as associate professor, Wigen was part of the research project Synchronizing the World, where he worked on the translation of genre elements and temporal concepts from European historiography, and their application to Ottoman historiography. More specifically, his part of the project was on how European historians included the Ottoman Empire in the genre of world history, and how Ottoman historians wrote their works by reference to events and temporal regimes that had their key points of reference outside the Ottoman Empire.

Wigen wrote his doctoral dissertation on the translation and use of European concepts for legitimising Ottoman sovereignty to European audiences, and for reorganising social relations within the Ottoman state, as well as between state and subjects in a process that resulted in the emergence of the Turkish Republic. This dissertation sits at the intersection between Ottoman/Turkish studies, International Relations, and conceptual history.

Philology aside, Wigen takes a keen interest in historical sociology of Turkey, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Higher education and employment history

2014 PhD in Turkish studies with the doctoral dissertation Interlingual and International Relations: A History of Conceptual Entanglements between Europe and Turkey, which is a conceptual history (Begriffsgeschichte) of how Ottoman and Turkish political language was synchronised with European language through the introduction of various European political concepts.

2010-2014 Doctoral Fellow at IKOS, part of the inter-disciplinary research project KULTRANS

2010 Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

2009 Student Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

2008 Summer student/research assistant, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

2009 MPhil Political Science, University of Oslo

2005 MA Peace and Conflict Studies, European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU), Austria

2007 Bachelor competency in Turkish language.

Various stays at Bosporus University in Istanbul, the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII), and the Harvard-Koç Intensive Ottoman and Turkish Summer School in Cunda, Turkey.


Wigen is organising and editing a work called Key Concepts of Ottoman History, together with Alp Eren Topal of Bilkent University, Ankara, and Fabian Steininger, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin.

Previous collaborations include the project Civility, Virtue and Emotions in Europe and Asia, which ran 2011-2014, and culminated in the book Civilizing Emotions: Concepts in Nineteenth Century Asia and Europe.

Tags: Turkish, Turkey, Central Asia, Political Islam, Middle East, CIMS


(2018) ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou? Kinship in Turkish Region-building,’ in Kristin Haugevik and Iver B. Neumann (eds.) Kinship in International Relations. New Studies in International Relations Series. London: Routledge.

(2018) Helge Jordheim and Einar Wigen. ‘Conceptual Synchronisation. From Progressto Crisis,’ Millennium. Journal of International Studies. 47(1).

(2015). 'The Education of Ottoman Man and the Practice of Orderliness', In Civilizing Emotions. Concepts in Nineteenth-Century Asia and Europe.  Oxford University Press. s 107 - 125.

(2015) ‘Two-Level Language Games: International Relations as Inter-lingual Relations’, European Journal of International Relations.

(2015) (med Iver B. Neumann) ‘Remnants of the Mongol Imperial Tradition’ in Sandra Halperin & Ronen Palan (eds.) Remnants of Empire. Cambridge & New York, NY: Cambridge University Press

(2013) “Ottoman Concepts of Empire” Contributions to the History of Concepts. Summer 2013, 8(1): 44-66.

  • Caraccioli, Mauro J.; Wigen, Einar; Lopez, Julia Costa; Cheney, Amanda & Subotic, Jelena (2021). Forum: Interlingual relations: Approaches, conflicts, and lessons in the translation of global politics. International Studies Review. ISSN 1521-9488. 23(3), p. 1015–1045. doi: 10.1093/isr/viaa019.
  • Neumann, Iver & Wigen, Einar (2020). Response to reviewers: The Steppe tradition in international relations. Cambridge Review of International Affairs. ISSN 0955-7571. 33(6), p. 957–961. doi: 10.1080/09557571.2020.1838823. Full text in Research Archive
  • Issa, Rana & Wigen, Einar (2020). Levantine chronotopes: prisms for entangled histories. Contemporary Levant. ISSN 2058-1831. 5(1), p. 1–12. doi: 10.1080/20581831.2019.1710666.
  • Wigen, Einar (2019). O Brother, where art thou? Kinship in Turkish region-building. In Haugevik, Kristin M. & Neumann, Iver (Ed.), Kinship in International Relations. Routledge. ISSN 978-1-138-58055-8. p. 121–137. doi: 10.4324/9780429507267-7. Full text in Research Archive
  • Topal, Alp Eren & Wigen, Einar (2019). Ottoman conceptual history: Challenges and prospects. Contributions to the History of Concepts. ISSN 1807-9326. 14(1), p. 93–114. doi: 10.3167/choc.2019.140105. Full text in Research Archive
  • Jordheim, Helge & Wigen, Einar (2018). Conceptual Synchronisation: From Progress to Crisis. Millennium: Journal of International Studies. ISSN 0305-8298. 46(3), p. 421–439. doi: 10.1177/0305829818774781.
  • Wigen, Einar (2018). Post-Ottoman studies. An area studies that never was, Building Bridges to Turkish: Essays in Honour of Bernt Brendemoen. Harrassowitz Verlag. ISSN 978-3-447-11123-2. p. 313–326. doi: 10.2307/j.ctvh4zh3p.26.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Two-level language games: International relations as inter-lingual relations. European Journal of International Relations. ISSN 1354-0661. 21(2), p. 427–450. doi: 10.1177/1354066114541878.
  • Neumann, Iver Brynild & Wigen, Einar (2015). “Remnants of the Mongol Imperial Tradition”. In Halperin, Sandra & Palan, Ronen (Ed.), Legacies of Empire: Imperial Roots of the Contemporary Global Order. Cambridge University Press. ISSN 9781107109469. p. 99–127. doi: 10.1017/cbo9781316271674.005.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). The Education of Ottoman Man and the Practice of Orderliness. In Jordheim, Helge & Pernau, Margrit (Ed.), Civilizing Emotions. Concepts in Nineteenth-Century Asia and Europe. Oxford University Press. ISSN 978-0-19-874553-2. p. 107–125. doi: 10.1093/acprof%3Aoso/9780198745532.003.0006.

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  • Neumann, Iver & Wigen, Einar (2018). The Steppe Tradition in International Relations: Russians, Turks and European State-Building 4000 bce–2018 ce. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-42079-2. 318 p.
  • Csato, Eva A.; Parslow, Joakim; Wigen, Einar & Türker, Emel (2018). Building Bridges to Turkish: Essays in Honour of Bernt Brendemoen. Harrassowitz Verlag. ISBN 978-3-447-11123-2. 340 p.
  • Wigen, Einar (2018). State of Translation: Turkey in Interlingual Relations. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-13094-8. 304 p.

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  • Wigen, Einar (2020). Krisepolitikk og epidemier i Midtøsten. Babylon - Nordisk tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier. ISSN 1503-5727. doi: 10.5617.
  • Jordheim, Helge; Wigen, Einar & Lie, Anne Kveim (2020). Epidemiens tidsorden. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Jordheim, Helge; Wigen, Einar; Lie, Anne Kveim & Ljungberg, Erik (2020). Epidemic Times. Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology.
  • Wigen, Einar (2018). The Temporalities of Orientalism.
  • Wigen, Einar (2018). Taking Part in The Hegemonic Language Games of International Society .
  • Neumann, Iver & Wigen, Einar (2018). https://morgenbladet.no/ideer/2018/11/steppenes-politikk-hjelper-dagens-sterke-ledere. [Internet]. Morgenbladet.
  • Wigen, Einar (2017). Hierarchy is What Middlemen Make of It. A Post-Ottoman Sub-System of States .
  • Wigen, Einar (2017). Empire is What Middlemen Make of It. A Post-Ottoman Sub-System of States.
  • Wigen, Einar (2017). State Legitimation in Turkey.
  • Wigen, Einar (2017). Turkey under Erdogan - a weaker state? (discussant).
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Forsker: Tyrkerne føler seg glemt i møte med terror. [Newspaper]. NTB tekst; ABC nyheter; Adresseavisen; Harstad Tidende.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Forsker: - Visumfrihet kan gi tyrkisk migrasjon til EU. [Newspaper]. NTB tekst; Forskning.no; Klassekampen; Adresseavisen; etc.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Introduction. What is Politics? Exploring the history of a concept across the Euro-Islamic world. .
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Key Concepts of Ottoman History.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Reading Clocks Allaturka by Avner Wishnitzer. New Perspectives on Turkey. ISSN 0896-6346. 54.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). The Importance of Translation in the Global Study of IR.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Tyrkia - vår allierte venn. [Radio]. På krigsstien – en podkast fra Forsvarets høgskole.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Her har terroristene slått til mot turister. [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Tyrkisk historie: En introduksjon.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Forskersamtale om Tyrkia under Erdoğan.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Hjemreiser: Forfattersamtale med Stian Bromark.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Dødelig bombe rystet Istanbuls gamleby. [Newspaper]. NTB; Dagen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). - Kan være et angrep mot tyrkiske myndigheter. [Business/trade/industry journal]. Forskning.no.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Nordmenn såret i eksplosjonen i Istanbul. [Newspaper]. Adresseavisen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Minst ti drept i eksplosjon i Istanbul. [Newspaper]. Hamar Arbeiderblad.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Tyrkia bruker flyktningene i politisk spill. [Newspaper]. Ukeavisen Ledelse.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Legger lokk på terroren. [Newspaper]. Klassekampen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Mener IS forsøker å destabilisere Tyrkia. [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Wigen, Einar (2016). Regjeringskilder: Ni tyskere drept i Istanbul. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Russland: IS-olje på vei til Tyrkia. [Newspaper]. VG Pluss.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Ekspert: Tror Russland vil straffe Tyrkia med gasskutt. [Internet]. VG Nett.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). EU-kommisjonen mener at Tyrkia beveger seg i feil retning. [Radio]. NRK Nyhetsmorgen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). "Den store mester" vil bli allmektig. [Newspaper]. Vårt Land.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkiske sikkerhetspolitiske utfordringer.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Erdogan og AKP kom styrket ut av valget i Tyrkia. [Newspaper]. NTBTekst.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Erdogan vinner flertall i Tyrkia. [Internet]. VG Nett.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Hevder terrorgruppa IS kan ha slått til i Tyrkia. [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). PKK står alene i kampen mot Tyrkia. [Internet]. NRK.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkia-ekspert: Erdogan fester grepet om makten. [Newspaper]. NTBTekst, Klassekampen, Adresseavisen, DN.no, Altaposten.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). - Angrepet er tydelig rettet mot et spesifikt område i tyrkisk politikk. [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). - Angrepene vil forsterke splittelsen i Tyrkia. [Internet]. NRK.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Konfliktene i Tyrkia truer demokratiet. [Newspaper]. Bergens Tidende.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkia preget av sorg, frykt og sinne - Ankara Terror. [Newspaper]. Stavanger Aftenblad.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Frykt for mer vold og dypere splittelse. [Newspaper]. Ekstra.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). EKSPERTER: Derfor skylder alle på alle. [Newspaper]. VG.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkia preget av sorg, frykt og sinne. [Newspaper]. Adresseavisen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Perihan er redd for sine venner etter terrorhandlingen i Tyrkia. [Newspaper]. Trønderavisa.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Frykter at bomber radikaliserer. [Newspaper]. Vårt Land.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Gjerningsmannen i tyrkisk selvmordsangrep identifisert. [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkia-terror skaper økt spenning og demonstrasjoner. [Internet]. MSN.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkia-terror kan forsterke kurdisk raseri. [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkia anklager IS for å stå bak selvmordsangrep. [Newspaper]. Dagen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). "Det lover godt for demokratiet Tyrkias president Erdogan gikk på valgsmell. [Newspaper]. VG.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Ekspert om Tyrkia-eksplosjon: Ikke overraskende at konflikten utvides. [Newspaper]. VG.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). - Kan bli spent. [Newspaper]. Ekstra.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Sinne og sorg etter bombe. [Newspaper]. Klassekampen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Fredsavtale i vasken.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Velgerne stanset grunnlovsendring. [Newspaper]. Bergens Tidende.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Frykter omfattende valgfusk i Tyrkia. [Internet]. NTB Tekst; MSN; NRK; Bergens Tidende.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkias president ligger an til å miste flertall. [Newspaper]. Adresseavisen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Ekspert: - Kan bli spent i Tyrkia. [Newspaper]. Adresseavisen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Opptellingen i gang i Tyrkia. [Internet]. NTB; ABC Nyheter.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Valget i Tyrkia: - Stort nederlag for president Erdogan. [Internet]. Nettavisen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). - IS stod bak selvmordsangrep. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen, Rogaland Avis.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Ekspert: - Stort nederlag for Erdogan. [Internet]. NTB tekst; MSN; Avisa Nordland; Avisen Agder.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Statsminister: - AKP vant valget. Ekspertene: - Nederlag for AKP. [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkia-ekspert: - Vi skal ikke avskrive ringreven Erdogan. [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Valg i Tyrkia. [Radio]. NRK Alltid Nyheter - Nyhetslunch.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Valg i Tyrkia. [Radio]. NRK Alltid Nyheter - Nyhetsettermiddag.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Valg i Tyrkia. [Radio]. NRK Alltid Nyheter - Nyhetsmorgen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). - Mitt gamle kontor var fullt av kakerlakker. [Internet]. NRK.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Dette kan bli resultatet av det tyrkiske valget. [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Spiller på religion og nasjonalisme. [Newspaper]. Vårt Land.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Spenningen øker i Tyrkia. [Radio]. NRK Alltid Nyheter - Nyhetsettermiddag.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). - Kurderne lærte oss hvordan man gjør opprør. [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). PKK tar på seg ansvaret for drapet på to tyrkiske politimenn. [Internet]. MSN.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Unge velgere i Tyrkia vil ha fred. [Internet]. NTBTekst, ABC Nyheter.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkia-forsker: - Påvirker ikke tyrkisk politikk. [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Kurdere under press. [Newspaper]. Klassekampen.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Kurderne, Tyrkia og kampen mot IS. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen, Rogalands Avis.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkiske sikkerhetspolitiske utfordringer.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Tyrkiske sikkerhetspolitiske utfordringer.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). ”Oss eller kaos”: Tyrkias tofrontskrig svekker kampen mot IS. ProPatria. Militærfaglig tidsskrift.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Kurdere kan velte flertall. [Newspaper]. Vårt Land.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Erdogan ber verden respektere valgresultatet. [Newspaper]. NTB tekst.
  • Wigen, Einar (2015). Joseph von Hammer and the Synchronisation of Ottoman and European Historical Times.

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