Event Announcement

06/14/2017 07:00PM

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

Panel Discussion with Batuhan Aydagül, Kenan Çayır, Çetin Çelik, Nihan Köseleci Blanchy and Meltem Kulacatan (Chair).

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.

The panelists will analyse the current educational reforms and discuss their consequences for the Turkish school system and society as a whole. How are these educational reforms to be seen against the backdrop of the political situation? How does the social background of children affect their educational success in Turkey? How are refugee children integrated into Turkish schools? What kind of role does a Turkish migration background play in the German school system, and what can we conclude from this analysis?

The panel will be conducted in German and Turkish with simultaneous translation. There will be a reception afterwards.

The event is co-organized by the programme "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies" Network Turkey, and GeT MA, the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences and funded by Stiftung Mercator.


Batuhan Aydagül is director of the Turkish Education Reform Initiative (Eğitim Reformu Girişimi).

Kenan Çayır is Professor of Sociology at Bilgi University in Istanbul. His research interests focus on the sociology of education, discrimination and the role of identity.

Çetin Çelik is an assistant professor at Koç University in Istanbul and works in the field of sociology of migration.

Nihan Köseleci Blanchy is Research Officer for Global Education Monitoring Report at UNESCO in Paris.

Meltem Kulacatan
is Research Associate at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. Her research interests include religion, politics and education in contemporary Turkey.