Uğur Kömeçoğlu, an assistant professor at the sociology department of the government-closed Suleyman Sah University, has joined the ranks of intellectuals imprisoned in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
Political scientist Umut Özkırımlı announced on his Twitter account that Kömeçoğlu was taken under custody a week ago.
Author of several articles and books on public space, social movements, gender studies, Islamic identities, modernity and Turkey’s Kurdish minority issue, Kömeçoğlu wrote Op-Ed articles for Zaman daily newspaper until it was closed down by the government over links to the Gulen movement. He also gave lectures at the Istanbul-based Bilgi University’s Sociology Department.
The government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt and it has imprisoned thousands of academics as part of its post-coup crackdown against the dissidents and the movement in particular.