Women’s and Gender Studies at Universities in Turkey
Constitutional Politics in Turkey
Atheism & The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Turkey
How “social” is Turkey?
TRIANGLE - Blickwechsel in EU/German-Turkish Relations

Rights and Equality in Contemporary Turkey

November 13 - 15, 2019 in Berlin

The final conference "Rights and Equality in Contemporary Turkey" presents the research outcomes of the programme "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies" in 2019. The event will have its kick-off on November 13 with an opening lecture by Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and Professor of Anthropology and Globalisation at the Hertie School in Berlin.

Contemporary Turkey Studies

"Blickwechsel" is a term that cannot be directly translated and which contains a double meaning: it stands both for eye-contact and for a change in perspective. It is our aim to contribute to a dialogue across national borders, disciplines, and the spheres of the academic and non-academic public.

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.

The exchange of knowledge and insights creates a new perspective on Turkey and, at the same time, on Germany; it is only through the interplay of both perspectives that a comprehensive picture can be realised.

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. The public can also benefit from the virtues of the academic approach: science observes, compares, and analyses – it combines old knowledge with new ideas, explains correlations, and conceptualizes scenarios for the future. While getting as close as possible to the subject of its study, science consciously keeps a distance when the collected data is being analysed. Those findings therefore build a solid ground for a debate based on sound knowledge. The projects thus share their insights with the non-academic public in various formats.



Sometimes all you need to do is to change your line of vision in order to see clearly.

                    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Next Events

"Rights and Equality in Contemporary Turkey"
Save the Date: Blickwechsel Final Conference 2019 on November 13-15, 2019

"Courageous Women: Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey's Academia"
Photography Exhibition on November 13-15, 2019

"The Rise of the Post-democratic State: The Perspective from India"
Public Lecture by Arjun Appadurai on November 13, 2019

12.-13.12.2019 Workshop "Changing Political Regime, Implications for Social Policy: Putting Turkey in Comparative Perspective"
Call for Papers, Deadline was June 30


"Courageous Women: Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey's Academia"
For more information about the exhibition, please take a look at the report on the opening event celebrated on May 11 in Istanbul (in German).

"The EU, Germany and Turkey Relations: Challenges and Prospects"
Information about the "Bosphorus Prize" Essay Competition and Announcement of the Prize Winners

"Between Welfare State and (State-organised) Charity: How Turkey's Social Assistance Regime Blends Two Competing Policy Paradigms"
Working Paper by the Project "How Social is Turkey?"

"Difficulties of Social Policy Reform: The Case of Severance Pay"
Blog Article by the Project "How Social is Turkey?"

The Projects

The five projects provide a multifaceted picture of contemporary Turkey. In addition to a short presentation of the projects and their objectives, a detailed project description is available for download on the project pages. In order to provide a better understanding of the actual work, research examples show the kind of data and and the manner in which they are used in the projects. Furthermore, an overview of the team members and their contact data is available for each project.

The current projects run from 2017 - 2019. Information about the projects that were part of the programme from 2014 - 2016 can be found under "Previous Projects".