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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Social Sciences

Events in Cooperation with "Blickwechsel"

The interdisciplinary programme "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies" explores in five scientific projects different aspects of current Turkish society, economy, and politics. Researchers at German and Turkish universities work together. A coordination team at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin supports this cooperation. Within the framework of this programme, Stiftung Mercator funds the academic examination of Turkey in Germany and, simultaneously, the interconnectedness of both countries in the areas of research and teaching.



February 5, 18:00-20:00 - Is love still possible? Queering politics in Turkey

Venue: Festsaal, Humboldt Graduate School, Luisenstr. 56, 10115 Berlin


AYLiME ASLı DEMiR, CHIEF EDITOR OF KAOS GL MAGAZINE, The Rise of Right-Wing Populism and the LGBTI Movement in Turkey

Beyond Pessimism and Utopias in Troubled Times: Queer as a
Critical Methodology in Politics

Sex After Erdoğan: Imagining Queer Futures Through the Politics
of (In-)Visibilities

January 16, 15:00-17:00 - Rethinking Europe's Future: Changing Political and Economic Dynamics in Germany and Turkey

Venue: Festsaal, Humboldt Graduate School, Luisenstr. 56, 10115 Berlin

15:00 Registration

15:15 Opening Notes
Simone Kaslowski, Vice-President of TÜSİAD
Silvia von Steinsdorff, Professor, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Social Sciences

15:30 Panel Discussion
Hüseyin Gelis, CEO of SIEMENS Turkey, Chair of TÜSİAD's Germany Network & President of BBI Executive Board

Claudia Y. Matthes, Director of Studies International MA Programs, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Günter Seufert, Senior Research Fellow at Research Division EU/Europe of the SWP, German Institute for International and Security Affairs
Bahri Yılmaz, Professor at Sabancı University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences & Member of BBI Advisory Board
Ertuğ Tombuş, Academic Coordinator of "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies and Faculty member at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Social Sciences

16:30 Q&A

The event will be held in English. Please register via Mail at blickwechsel.tuerkei@gmail.com



October 30, 18:00-19:30 - Aesthetics of Resistance

Venue: Humboldt University of Berlin, Senate Hall in the Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

From Zuccotti Park in NYC to Tahrir Square in Cairo, occupy movements and other forms of urban protests have been powerful resistance movements against increasing inequality and marginalization as consequences of global neoliberal processes. These resistance movements also challenged the institutions of representative democracy, which have been irresponsive to the demands of the masses. Among other distinctive characteristics of the contemporary urban collective resistance movements such as the extensive use of social media, street art has gained crucial relevance and became an important form of political participation and resistance.

In this panel, our speakers will focus on cases in Istanbul, Cairo, and Athens and will discuss questions such as what is the role of visual and performative arts in political contexts? What is the interplay between political protests and street art? To what extent is street art a form of political participation and resistance? And does it have a transformative potential over the uses of urban space?

The panel will be conducted in English. There will be a reception afterwards.
Please register via Mail at blickwechsel.tuerkei@gmail.com

April 25, 18:00-19:30 - Politicization of Television in Turkey: Reinvetning the Past, Construction the present

Venue: Humboldt University of Berlin, Senate Hall in the Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

In recent years Turkish television dramas have achieved a tremendous success with the viewers in Turkey and beyond, and at the same time have become increasingly politicized.

This panel focuses on questions regarding the relation between politics and Turkish TV series. What is the role of TV series in the reinvention of tradition for a ‘New Turkey’? What can we learn about today’s Turkey by looking at Turkish television? And how has the government been using TV dramas in constructing a new 'national' identity? How is the Ottoman past represented in TV dramas for political purposes in Turkey today?

The panelists will offer insights into their researches on history and culture of modern Turkey, the politicization of Turkish TV dramas and the relation between populism and popular culture.

The panel will be conducted in German and Turkish with simultaneous translation. There will be a reception afterwards.
Please register via Mail at blickwechsel.tuerkei@gmail.com


JOSH CARNEY ist Dozent am Institut für Soziologie, Anthropologie und Medien an der American University of Beirut. / JOSH CARNEY is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies at American University of Beirut.

KUMRU BERFIN EMRE ÇETİN ist Newton International Fellow am Institut für Medien und Kommunikation an der London School of Economics. / KUMRU BERFIN EMRE ÇETİN is a Newton International Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics.

BURAK ÖZÇETİN ist Dozent am Institut für Public Relations und Information an der Kadir Has Universität. / BURAK ÖZÇETİN is an Associate Professor at the Department of Public Relations and Information at Kadir Has University.


EBRU TAŞDEMİR ist Journalistin bei der taz und Redakteurin bei der taz.gazete. / EBRU TAŞDEMİR is a journalist at taz and editor of taz.gazete.

Januar - Podiumsdiskussion: Revitalising Turkey-EU Relations in a Regional and Global Turmoil

In the turbulent global and European climate, it is timely to contextualize the debate on Turkey and the long-lasting Turkey-EU relationship in terms of global trends and the present debate on the future of Europe. The aim of this encounter is to focus on the possibility of the revitalization of the EU-Turkey-Germany relationship in changing global, European, and neighbourhood contexts. Germany has always been one of the key drivers of the process of European Integration and the EU-Turkey relationship. By inviting speakers from Turkey and Germany, we would like to contribute to this debate and encounter.




Dezember - Podiumsdiskussion: Gender and Politics in Turkey

Since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has come to power in 2002, Turkey went through a fundamental political transformation. This panel will bring together scholars who apply gender approaches to examine change in public policies under the AKP government.

Our speakers will elaborate on their research and shed light on the nature of the gender regime in Turkey. What are its inherent strategies to define gender roles and regulate bodies? What is the relationship between political masculinities and political power? How do government policies affect gender relations in Turkish society and vice-versa?

November - Podiumsdiskussion: Turkish Cities in Flux - Urban space, Migration, and Right to the city

In Turkey, urban transformation processes have been taking place for decades. Already since the middle of the 20th century, state and society have been challenged by major domestic migratory movements. Attempts to govern the rapid mass urbanization have led to large-scale construction projects under the rule of the AKP. Yet, many Turkish citizens still live in precarious living conditions. The immigration of three million Syrian refugees has further increased already existing social and political tensions concerning urban space and the right to the city.

Our speakers will discuss the developments in Turkish cities: How do current urban transformation processes affect the way people live together? How are identities shaped and challenged though diversification and segregation in the city? Is the right to the city divisible? How are political and economic interests balanced in the field of urban planning? What influence do migratory and refugee movements have on urban space in Turkey?

June - Panel Discussion: Education and Education Policy in Turkey

The Turkish school system has undergone dramatic change in recent years, the impacts of which are still widely discussed. In 2012, compulsory education was increased from eight to twelve years. Critics argue, however, that in practice the new regulations make it easier to drop out of school earlier. In addition, the transformation of many schools into Imam Hatip schools, which place greater emphasis on religion in their curricula, is also controversial. Furthermore, the integration of hundreds of thousands of refugee children into the public school system poses a huge challenge for Turkish politics as well as society.

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May - Panel Discussion: The Political Economy of Contemporary Turkey: Insights and Perspectives

Only a few years ago, Turkey was one of the world’s fastest growing economic powers, attracting international investors. Income per capita more than doubled from 2003 to 2010, and many Turks profited from improving living standards. For some time, however, the country has been facing increasing economic problems. In 2016, the unemployment rate rose from 10.8% to 12.7%, and the Turkish lira tremendously lost value.

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2015 - Network Turkey - GeT MA Jour Fixe

Network Turkey – Academic Community for Turkish Studies - Since 2007, Network Turkey serves as an independent platform for academics and professionals with an interest in Turkey. Our intention is to serve as a pool of experts and information for topics related to Turkish Studies and to bring together those who are interested in an open-minded and critical debate on developments in the country.

June - Panel Discussion: A new AKP? - The future of the Justice and Development Party after the parliamentary elections | Network Turkey - GeT MA Jour Fixe

The parliamentary elections on June 7 will not only be decisive for the future of Turkey but also for the future of the AKP. Against this background, the panelists will discuss the impact of the outcome of the parliamentary elections and will attempt to give answers to the following questions: Which movements and factions exist within the AKP? How will the election results affect their power relations? Which actors will take key positions within the party and political institutions and who will be marginalized? What future role will the incumbent Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu play?

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March - Panel Discussion: The Kurdish Conflict from a European Perspective | Network Turkey - GeT MA Jour Fixe

At the end of February 2015, PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan declared that he expects his followers to lay down arms, once the conditions for a settlement are met. For many observers, this was a puzzling step. The Kurdish conflict had just escalated. Tensions had hardened between the Turkish security forces and Kurdish, Turkish and Islamist groups in Turkey as a result of the Syrian and Iraqi wars and the fight for Kobane. Negotiations with the PKK seemed to be at the verge of collapse.

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February - Panel Discussion: "Sexual Identities and the Conservative Turn in Turkey"| Network Turkey - GeT MA Jour Fixe

On February 4, 2015 this year's first Network Turkey - GeTMA Jour Fixe took place.

In the last decade of AKP rule, Turkey’s society has undergone processes of deep societal transformation. Concomitantly, sexual identities have shifted, transformed and are being re-negotiated. Gender and sexuality has been at the centre of this re-negotiation. While gender relations are re-articulated in the context of AKP conservatism, sexual identities and homosexuality as an alternative form of masculinity have taken on an increasingly polarising meaning.

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October - Panel Discussion: Präsident Erdogan - Auf dem Weg in eine neue Türkei? | Network Turkey - GeT Ma Jour Fixe

In August 2014, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected as president of the Turkish Republic, a first in Turkey's parliamentary democratic tradition. During his campaign he announced that as head of state he would lead the country into a new era of democracy, welfare and economic stability: A New Turkey.

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