Dr Umut Korkut is a Reader at Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has been admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with magna cum laude at the Central European University in Budapest in 2004. He is awarded the “Doçent” title by the Turkish High Education Authority in 2009. His current research focus is broadly social policy, liberalization, religion and gender rights, migration, democratization and Europeanization in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey. He is a follower of discursive institutionalist and ideational approaches in research. Among many, he published in Political Geography, Europe-Asia Studies, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Social Politics, Parliamentary Affairs, Nationalities Papers, Contemporary History Review, Economic and Industrial Democracy, and East European Quarterly.
His book entitled “Liberalization Challenges in Hungary: Elitism, Progressivism, and Populism” has been published by Palgrave in Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series in 2012. His second book entitled “The Discourses and Politics of Migration in Europe” by Palgrave in Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series came out in 2013. He has a forthcoming edited book entitled Discursive Governance in Politics, Policy, and Public Sphere with Palgrave later in 2015. Dr Korkut is the convenor of Political Studies Association Comparative European Politics Specialist Group.
George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England as a refugee in 1956. He was brought up in London and studied Fine Art in London and Leeds. His poems began appearing in national magazines in 1973 and his first book, The Slant Door, was published in 1979. It won the Faber Memorial prize the following year.
By this time he was married with two children. After the publication of his second book, November and May, 1982, he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Since then he has published several books and won various other prizes including the T S Eliot Prize for Reel in 2005.
Having returned to his birthplace, Budapest, for the first time in 1984, he has also worked extensively as a translator of poems, novels, plays and essays and has won various prizes and awards in this sphere. His own work has been translated into numerous languages.
Beside his work in poetry and translation he has written Exercise of Power, a study of the artist Ana Maria Pacheco, and, together with Penelope Lively, edited New Writing 10 published by Picador in 2001.