Turkey at Critical Crossroads: Dynamic Trajectories for Society, Politics and Culture

Turkey at Critical Crossroads: Dynamic Trajectories for Society, Politics and Culture
Orient Institute, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Pratt Institute, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Brooklyn, United States
1-3 February 2017, Lisbon
Venue: School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Call for Papers
The Turkish Republic, as a state and society located in a highly volatile region of the world, is in a flux that is consequential for the global affairs. Capturing the dynamism of domestic and regional developments in and around Turkey calls for multi-layered and interdisciplinary debates. To serve this end, the School of Social and Political Sciences (University of Lisbon, Portugal) and the Pratt Institute, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Brooklyn, United States) are organising an international conference seeking to address the changes occurring in Turkey and future trajectories for the country.
This conference is the second in a series that began in 2014 with a very productive discussion on the Gezi Park protests that culminated in the publication of an edited volume (Isabel David and Kumru F. Toktamis (Eds.). 2015. ‘Everywhere Taksim’: Sowing the Seeds for a New Turkey at Gezi. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press).
A lot has taken place in the country since the agitated days of the summer of 2013. The most significant developments include: the election of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan; the loss of the absolute majority by the AKP in the June 2015 legislative elections and its recovery in the November elections; the rise of HDP; the resumption of hostilities with the Kurds; the Syria quagmire; the refugee deal with the EU; and, of course, the recent coup attempt, on July 15th, the full consequences of which are yet to be known.
The conference seeks to explore the consequences of the changes that have taken place since Gezi for Turkish society, politics and culture. We therefore invite submissions on the following and related topics:
        AKP rule
        Opposition parties
        Debates on the presidential system
        The Kurdish question
        Turkish foreign policy
        Prospects for EU accession
        Neoliberalism and state (re)-formation
        A new Constitution
        Issues of international and domestic migration
        Rights and freedoms
        Negotiating public space
        Art and creativity as resistance practices

        The attempted coup and its consequences for Turkey.

If you are interested in participating, please send a 500-word abstract to Dr. Isabel David (isabela_davidova@yahoo.com or isabel.david@iscsp.ulisboa.pt ) and Dr. Kumru F. Toktamış (ktoktami@pratt.edu ) by November 7, 2016. We acknowledge receipt of all emails and will reply to all. If you do not receive a reply, please resend your abstract. Please include the following in your email:
        Author name;
        email address;
        abstract in Word format;
        a short CV.
Acceptance notices will be sent by November 11, 2016.
In case your abstract is accepted, a draft paper of around 8000 words is due two weeks prior to the beginning of the conference. We intend to compile an edited volume with the best papers for publication in an international reference publisher.
There is no fee for this conference. Please note that we are unable to provide any financial help to participants.
Any additional queries should be sent to isabela_davidova@yahoo.com (or isabel.david@iscsp.ulisboa.pt ) and ktoktami@pratt.edu.


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