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Date: 14-15 May 2017

Venue: Tüyap Palas Hotel, Büyükcekmece/Istanbul (Turkey)

The main theme of Büyükcekmece 1st International Local Goverments Congress which is organized by Büyükcekmece Municipality and Marmara Municipalities Union that will take place in Büyükcekmece/Istanbul on 14-15 May 2017 will be the Future of Municipalities and New Approaches. During the Congress, effects of changes and developments that are to take place in the 21st century on municipalities will be discussed from the view point of interdisciplinary studies and examples of good practices.

Deadline for the submission of abstract proposals: 24. 03. 2017, Deadline for article submission: 21.04.2017

Please send your proposals to congress.bcekmece@gmail.com

Turkish version:  14-15 Mayıs 2017 tarihlerinde Büyükçekmece Belediyesi ve Marmara Belediyeler birliği iş birliğiyle, İstanbul/Büyükçekmece’de düzenlenecek olan Büyükçekmece I. Uluslararası Yerel Yönetimler Kongresinin ana teması, Belediyelerin Geleceği ve Yeni Yaklaşımlar olacaktır. Kongrede, 21. yy. da dünyadaki değişim ve gelişim süreçlerinin belediyeler üzerindeki etkileri, disiplinlerarası çalışmalar ve yerelden küresele iyi uygulama örnekleri perspektifinde tartışılacaktır.

Bildiri Özet Kabul Tarihi: 24. 03. 2017  Tam Metin Gönderme Tarihi :21.04.2017

Başvurunuzu congress.bcekmece@gmail.com aadresine gönderebilirsiniz.

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Dear Changing Turkey readers,

Chris_RumfordIt is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you that the father of ChangingTurkey initiative and an excellent role-model for young researchers on globalization, cosmopolitanism and Turkey, Professor Chris Rumford has passed away.

Chris is a world-leading scholar, dedicated to always helping young researchers from different parts of the world, and he successfully presided over the UK Global Studies Association for many years. He always supported Changing Turkey events by personally attending many of them, aiding and sponsoring their organization. He is the one who first inspired and encouraged us to develop ChangingTurkey blog and he was a senior advisor to ChangingTurkey research group. We are sure that you will feel his loss as much as we do.

As ChangingTurkey team we extend our sincere condolences to Chris’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Chris’ departmental profile is available here: https://pure.royalholloway.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/chris-rumford(5901db04-0f97-411a-87b5-787a7c7dd95a).html

Chris’ funeral will take place on 2nd August at 2pm at Easthampstead Park Crematorium, Wokingham.

Chris’ family has decided to set up a just giving page in memory of Chris, so that people can donate money to the Multiple System Atrophy Trust, which is a trust for the condition that Chris had suffered with. Any donations, small or large would be greatly appreciated as this would’ve been something that Chris would’ve wanted. Thank you in advance. The link for this is justgiving.com/fundraising/chrisrumford

Chris will be missed dearly.

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British International Studies Association Working Group on South East Europe and Aston Centre for Europe present:
Refugee Crisis in South East Europe
21 June 2016, Aston University

12.30 Registration & Welcome

13.00 Panel 1: Turkey, EU and the Refugee Crisis
Rhetorically Entrapped No More: the EU, Turkey and the migration crisis
Natalie Martin, The Nottingham Trent University
Turkey’s 2013 Migration Policy Reform in the Context of the EU Deal
Kelsey Norman, University of California, Irvine
Repercussions on the Protection of (Asylum) Rights and Welfare for Refugees in Europe
Henriette Holm Johansen The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

15.15 Panel 2: Regional & Local Dynamics in South East Europe
Reconfiguring Diversity within New Corridors of Forced Migration: 2015 Refugee Crisis & the Question of Multiculturalism in the post-Yugoslav Space
Julia Sardeljic, University of Liverpool
Serbia and the Refugee Crisis: Solidarity Within Policy Shifts
Jovan Teokarevic, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade
To what extent is the refugee crisis affecting EU-Balkan relations?
Ruth Ferrero Turrion, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
From a close distance: individual reactions to the ‘refugee crisis’ at the Romanian Borders
Julien Danero Iglesias, University of Glasgow

17.15-18.30 Keynote Panel
Changing Dynamics of the Refugee Crisis in Serbia
Marta Stojic Mitrovic, Serbian Academy of Arts & Sciences
Place in the Midst of Movement – Diaspora Translocal Engagement for Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Deneta Karabegović and Maria Koinova, University of Warwick

This event is free & open to all. Reserve a place here: http://bit.ly/26oopkZ
Aston University, Main Building, Room TBC Aston Triangle, Birmingham B16 8DD.https://bisasoutheasteurope.wordpress.com

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Paris, 1-2 December 2016.

Submission Deadline: 15 June 2016.

The Centre for International Studies (CERI) at Sciences Po, together with the Consortium of European Symposia on Turkey (CEST), is delighted to invite paper submissions for a Symposium to be held from December 1-2, 2016 at Sciences Po in Paris, France.

The Symposium on Politics from Below in Turkey and beyond seeks to identify and discuss, in comparative perspective, the dynamics, effects and modes of “politics from below”. We use the broad wording “politics from below” in a heuristic fashion, in order to question classical definitions of the “political”. This framing aims to suggest different understandings of politics. Political science on Turkey and the wider region has long been dominated by top-down and macro approaches, addressing mainly national institutions, political leaders, public discourses and legislative productions.

However, sociology has shown that taking in account the implementation of policies by lower administrators, as well as their reception by citizens, challenges common perceptions of political processes. Anthropology has widely challenged the institutional and formal definitions of politics. Gender studies, as well as subaltern studies, have called for broader conceptions of politics. New conceptualizations have been proposed, like “infrapolitics” (Scott), “politique par le bas” (Bayart, Mbembe, Toulador), “vernacular politics” (White) or “low politics” (Bayart). Constructionist approaches have addressed the question from yet another perspective, suggesting that there is nothing “essentially” political, and that “the political”, on the contrary, is constructed and contested.

The aim of this symposium is to open up the very definition of “politics” and discuss multiple social practices whose “political” dimension is at stake. Approaching politics from below encourages us to question the shifting borders and conceptualizations of politics. The symposium therefore encourages several pathways: firstly, to get away from event-driven and institutional analyses of politics by giving more attention to the everyday and the ordinary; secondly, to analyze the multiple social uses of institutions and devices in general; thirdly, to account for a wider range of actors (not only “professional” politicians but also citizens, consumers, residents, lower bureaucrats or activists, street-corner shopkeepers, hackers, etc.) and a wider range of practices (registration, consumption, migration, gossip and denunciation, but also aesthetics, etc.).

How does taking in account politics from below challenge our understanding of power dynamics? “Politics from below” is easily equated with resistance, subversion or autonomy – especially in times of growing authoritarianism. However, politics from below does not necessarily mean contestation, and may as well consolidate domination. Do larger transformations impact politics from below? For instance, does growing authoritarianism lead to the politicization of social phenomena or to the contrary to depoliticization dynamics – may be both at the same time? Does neoliberalism impact ways of doing politics, for example fuel the informalization of politics? How does this dimension challenge our understanding of power dynamics in contemporary Turkey and beyond?

Abstract submissions should engage with one or several of the following themes:

  1. Politics from below. A critical assessment

Which are the main conceptual debates on politics from below? What is the explanatory and heuristic power of concepts such as “infrapolitics”, “low politics”, “politique par le bas”, “vernacular politics”, etc.? Is politics from below a mere residue or does is challenge core meanings of power dynamics?

  1. Informal politics

How is politics entangled in presumably non-political phenomena (personal networks, solidarity ties)? How does taking in account those dimensions alter our understanding of politics? To what extent do visible politics (party politics, state policies, etc.) rely on such informal networks and to what extent are they autonomous from them?

  1. Transactions and negotiations

How are public but also organizational (party, NGO, etc.) policies implemented in practice? How can we analyze the multiple social uses of institutions and public policies? To what extent does a look at street-level bureaucrats or activists change our understanding of policies or politics? Which kinds of negotiations and transactions do institutional and formal policies give birth to? To what extent do these negotiations change the meaning of those initiatives?

  1. Challenging the borders of the political. Politicization and depoliticization in practice

Which (new) areas are contested as a political domain – for example as spheres of public policy and contest? Do political cleavages get into new spheres of practice (economy, professional organizations, education, lifestyle, reproduction)? How do different actors reframe issues or actions as being political or not? How does the label of “political” impact the legitimacy of issues, actors or initiatives?

  1. Contestation and the consolidation of hegemony.

What are the effects of these forms of politics from below – do they fuel resistance, accommodation or consolidate domination? How to assess the subversive dimension of politics from below?

We welcome applications from all fields related to the study of society and politics, with a particular interest in comparative work. We would also like to stress our interest in historical studies and a critical debate on the conclusions, which can be drawn from those historical cases for our understanding of politics from below today. Our regional emphasis is on Turkey and its region, but we welcome comparative or conceptual work from other world regions, as long as it promises valuable insights for our regional angle.

Applicants are invited to submit:

  • an abstract of max. 300 words,
  • a CV of max. 300 words,
  • a full CV (table form) with publications if applicable.

The submission deadline is 15 June 2016. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.


Convenor: Elise Massicard

Who can apply: PhD Students, Post-Docs and academics. Advanced Master students may apply, if their proposal is based on fresh empirical work.

Submission deadline: 15 June 2016

Submission requirements: 300 word abstract, 300 word CV, publication list.

Submission mailbox: CESTSymposium@gmail.com

Expenses: Accommodation for two nights and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Travel expenses will be reimbursed according to the country of your institution, i.e. for Europe (incl. Turkey) up to 300 Euro.

Submission of papers: Draft papers will have to be submitted by mid-October.

Publication: We will support the publication of the best papers.

Successful applicants will be informed mid-July 2016.

Please consult Dr. Elise Massicard for further information: elise.massicard@sciencespo.fr

This Symposium is convened as part of the Consortium for European Symposia on Turkey (CEST) which is funded by Stiftung Mercator. CEST is committed to the study of modern Turkey by bringing together the expertise of leading European research institutions: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, London School of Economics, SciencesPo Paris, Stockholm University, Universität Hamburg, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Leiden University, Network Turkey.

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Stiftung Mercator and Istanbul Policy Center at Sabancı University invite academics, journalists and professionals to apply for a fellowship program that aims to strengthen academic, political and social ties between Turkey and Germany, as well as Turkey and Europe. The program is based on the premise that the acquisition of knowledge and the exchange of people and ideas are preconditions for meeting the challenges of an increasingly globalized world in the 21st century.

Mercator-IPC Fellows work at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), an independent policy research institute with global outreach located in the center of Istanbul. IPC’s mission is to foster academic research and its application to policy making. The Center is firmly committed to providing decision makers, opinion leaders, academics and the general public with innovative and objective analyses of key domestic and foreign policy issues.

IPC offers Mercator-IPC Fellows access to a broad network of academics, civil society activists and decision makers as well as a unique platform for sound academic research to shape hands-on policy work. Fellows benefit from Sabancı University’s exceptional intellectual capital and vast reserves of scientific knowledge.

In the 2016/17 round, Mercator-IPC Fellowships will be available to outstanding academics, journalists and professionals with significant work experience who work in one of two thematic areas.

| EU/German-Turkish relations

| Climate change

The fellows will be expected to work on academic or practical projects at IPC. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required for this position, but a PhD degree is strongly preferred. Applicants without a PhD degree will only be accepted if their work experience and expertise meet the program requirements to the jury’s satisfaction. Projects that focus on the German-Turkish nexus are likewise preferred. Applicants cannot apply for fellowships to fund their PhD dissertations.

The deadline for applications is April 25, 2016. The 2016/17 fellowship begins on September 5, 2016.

Please send your completed applications by email to Mercator-IPC Fellowship Coordinator Ms. Cigdem Tongal (see below for contact details). Feel free to share this information with your friends, colleagues and students. For full details, see the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program guidelines at http://ipc.sabanciuniv.edu/en/about_fellowship/.

With kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Fuat Keyman

Istanbul Policy Center, Director

For further questions please contact:

Çiğdem Tongal, Mercator-IPC Fellowship Coordinator

Email: cigdemtongal@sabanciuniv.edu

Tel.: 90 (0) 212 292 49 39 ext. 1418


Gülcihan Çiğdem Okan, Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program Officer

Email: gcigdem@sabanciuniv.edu

Tel:   90 (0) 212 292 49 39 ext. 1433

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Politics & International Studies


£28,982 – £37,768 pa.


University of Warwick, Coventry.

Closing Date

6 May 2016



Vacancy Overview

This post is full-time, on a 2 year, fixed term contract from 1 September 2016 until 31 August 2018.
Applications are invited for a Research and Teaching Fellow in Middle East Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick.

You will be joining one of the UK’s leading Politics Departments – PAIS was ranked 4th on ‘intensity’ in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework and recorded 92% student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey. We seek to appoint the best candidate in the field of Middle East politics, broadly defined to include cultural politics, political economy, political sociology, political anthropology, media studies, gender/feminist studies, international relations and/or contemporary history of the Middle East region.
You will be an early career researcher and teacher, committed to developing your research skills, writing for world-leading research publications and delivering excellent research-led teaching. You will balance your time between research assistance on the AHRC-funded project, ‘Politics and Popular Culture in Egypt: Contested Narratives of the 25 January Revolution and its Aftermath’ and teaching a module on Middle East politics (to be shaped by your research interests).

For an informal and confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Nicola Pratt, n.c.pratt@warwick.ac.uk, Reader in the International Politics of the Middle East.

Applications from women candidates and those from a minority ethnic background are particularly welcome as these groups are currently underrepresented within the department.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD thesis, any offer of employment made to you will be an under-appointment to the post of Research Assistant at Level 5 in the University’s grade structure and with a salary of £28,143. Once your PhD has been awarded and we have evidence of this from you, you will be appointed to the substantive post of Research Fellow at Level 6 and with a salary within the range stated above.


Job Description


Middle East politics is broadly defined to include cultural politics, political economy, political sociology, political anthropology, media studies, gender/feminist studies, international relations and/or contemporary history of the Middle East region.

You will be an early career researcher and teacher, committed to developing your research skills, writing for world-leading research publications and delivering excellent research-led teaching. You will balance your time between research assistance on the AHRC-funded project, ‘Politics and Popular Culture in Egypt: Contested Narratives of the 25 January Revolution and its Aftermath’ and teaching a module on Middle East politics.



1. To provide research assistance on the AHRC-funded project, ‘Politics and Popular Culture in Egypt: Contested Narratives of the 25 January Revolution and its Aftermath’, specifically, the collection, review and analysis of research data for the project, which consist of Egyptian popular culture texts; and coordinating with those responsible to create and develop the project website and database.

2. To publish, both individually and with other project members, project research findings in appropriate scholarly journals of international standing as well as via the project website and other appropriate ways.

3. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences.


4. To design and be responsible for the content of specific areas of teaching and learning within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

5. To give lectures, seminars, tutorials and other classes as appropriate in support of the required teaching obligations.

6. To supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project work.

7. To ensure that student feedback on teaching is sought through questionnaires and other sources, and to respond constructively to such feedback.

8. To maintain a broad knowledge of up-to-date research and scholarship in relevant fields to ensure that teaching meets the standards expected within a research-led University.

9. To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high-quality teaching.

10. To support and comply with the University and Departmental teaching quality assurances standards and procedures, including Equality and Diversity policies and practice, and the provision of such information as may be required by the Department or the University.

Other Activities

11. To participate in relevant professional duties.

12. To engage in continuous professional development and training relevant to research and teaching duties, including training in relevant computer software.

13. To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.

The duties and responsibilities outlined above are not intended to be an exhaustive list but to provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in your duties.

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