LSE Public Conference, “World Society and Turkey”, 15 June 2015

We would like to inform you about the public conference entitled “World Society and Turkey,” which is organized jointly by LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies, and LSE Research on South Eastern (LSEE) Europe. Please find below the details of the event:

Title: “World Society and Turkey”

Date: Monday, 15 June 2015

Time: 13:00-17:30

Venue: Canada Blanch Room, COW1.11, First Floor, Cowdray House, LSE

Given the increasing complex interdependencies and isomorphisms in political, social, cultural and economic domains (among others), this workshop aims to establish the “missing link” between the global environment and Turkey. World Society implies that the global context is more than a narrow opportunity-cost structure as it provides norms, scripts and legitimacy influencing the definition of an actor, identity, perceptions, rights, interests, attitudes and behaviour. Due to its emphasis upon global culture, this workshop highlights the fact that it is impossible to grasp developments in Turkey without “seeing the bigger picture”.

The event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Please find the conference programme below:


13:00 – 14: 00 Keynote speech and Q&A session

Speaker and the Talk Title: Professor Roland Robertson (University of Pittsburgh and University of Aberdeen, emeritus):  “The Contemporary Complexity of the Concept of Global Culture”

Chair: Dr James Ker-Lindsay, Senior Research Fellow, European Institute, LSEE

14:15 – 15: 30 Panel 1: The Global Context: From Legitimacy to Uniqueness

Dr Zeynep Kaya (LSE): “International legitimacy and self-determination: Iraqi Kurdistan”

Dr. S. Barış Gülmez (University of Warwick): “Euroscepticism in Turkish politics: a case sui generis?”

15:45 – 17:30 Panel 2: Locating Turkey: From Civilization to Power

Dr. C. Akça Ataç (Cankaya University): “Decivilizing of the Middle East and Diminishing Prospects for Turkey’s Constructive Participation in a Dialogue of Civilizations”

Dr. Müge Kınacıoğlu (Hacettepe University): “Digging “Strategic Depth”: A Discursive Analysis of Davutoglu’s Vision of Turkey as a Global Power”

Dr. Pınar İpek (Bilkent University): “Political Economy of Interdependence in Globalized Politics: the role of ideas and material interests in Turkish Foreign Policy”

Short biography of the keynote speaker:

Roland Robertson is Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh; Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Global Society, University of Aberdeen and Distinguished Guest Professor of Cultural Studies, Tsinghua University, Beijing. His authored or co-authored books include The Sociological Interpretation of Religion, Meaning and Change, International Systems and the Modernization of Societies, Globalization and Football and Globalization: Social Theory and Global Culture. His edited or co-edited books include Global Modernities; Talcott Parson: Theorist of Modernity; European Cosmopolitanism in Question; Church-State Relations; Globalization and Sport; Encyclopedia of Globalization; Identity and Authority andEuropean Glocalization in Global Context. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages and he has won numerous prizes and awards for his work. He has held visiting positions in a number of countries. His present work is centered upon globality and cosmology.

Short biographies of the panelists:

Akça Ataç is an Associate Professor of Political History at Çankaya University in Ankara. She did her PhD in History at Bilkent and pursued postdoctoral studies at the UCLA. She has publications in journals such as History of Political Thought, Turkish Studies andPerceptions, and she has contributed chapters to books published by Brill, I.B. Tauris and Honore Champion/Paris, among others. She won second place in the 5th International Sakıp Sabancı research Awards in 2010. Her latest article which is a comparative reading of Niall Ferguson, Amin Maalouf and Ahmet Davutoğlu with respect to their takes on civilization is currently under review for publication.

Pınar İpek is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.  She was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University during 2012-2013. Her current research is on (i) integration process in the EU internal energy market and the role of socialization among EU member states, (ii) energy security in global political economy, (iii) Turkey’s changing trade relations by regions and political economy of state-business relations, and (iv) the role of oil and gas resources in post conflict state transformation in Iraq. Before joining Bilkent University in 2004 she was a faculty member at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at University of Pittsburgh in 2003-2004. Pinar Ipek holds a B.A. from the Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University in Turkey and a M.B.A from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Ph.D. in international affairs at University of Pittsburgh in 2003. She conducted field research in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on multinational corporations’ investment in oil and gas sector in these countries and was a visiting scholar of an NGO (Civic Education Project) program in the Central Asian region. She was short-term international election observer as part of the election observation missions of OSCE in Azerbaijan in 2005 and 2008, and Georgia in 2008 in addition to the UN technical assistance mission to Iraq elections in 2009 and 2010.

Seçkin Barış Gülmez is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University. He received my PhD from Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) in October 2014. Previously, he obtained BSc (2002) and MSc (2006) degrees in International Relations at the Middle East Technical University, completed a postgraduate certificate programme in Contemporary European Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2008, and obtained an MSc degree at RHUL as a Chevening scholar of the British Council. He has published on Euroscepticism and Turkish Politics, including “The  EU  Policy  of  the  Republican  People’s  Party  (CHP)  under  Kemal  Kılıçdaroğlu:  A  New Wine in an Old Wine Cellar”, Turkish Studies 14(2), 311-328, 2013; “Rising euroscepticism in Turkish politics: The cases of the AKP and the CHP”, Acta Politica 48(3), 326–344, 2013. He is founding co-editor of ChangingTurkey.comsince 2009.

Zeynep Kaya is a Fellow at the London School of Economics. She completed her PhD in International Relations at LSE on the interaction between international norms and ethnicist conceptions of territorial identity with a focus on the Kurdish case. She is currently working on her book titled The Idea of Kurdistan: International Norms and Nationalismfor the University of Pennsylvania Press. Kaya is also leading the research project Investigating „the Role of International Actors in Enhancing Women’s Rights after a Foreign Military Intervention: A Case Study of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq”, in collaboration with the American University in Dubai.

Müge Kınacıoğlu received her BSc. in Public Administration and Political Science from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. She completed an MA in Political Science and an MA in International Affairs at Marquette University, USA as a Fulbright scholar. She worked as an International Security intern at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington DC. On her return to Turkey, she served as Assistant Specialist at the National Security Council of Turkey. She received her PhD from the Department of International Relations, Bilkent University. She was a visiting fellow at the European Institute and at the Centre for International Studies of the London School of Economics and Political Science between 2004-2007. She has published in Turkish Studies, International Relations, Uluslararası İlişkiler, Global Governance among others, on use of force, self-defense, foreign military interventions, regime change and legitimacy, Turkish foreign policy and identity construction. Among her research interests are security studies, legitimacy issues and the use of force in international politics, politics of international law, international relations theory and Turkish foreign policy. Kınacıoğlu is currently an Associate Professor of International Relations in Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

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