Event Announcement

11/01/2017 07:00PM

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal in the main building, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

Panel Discussion with Kristen Biehl, Ayşe Çavdar, Neslihan Demirtaş-Milz and Deniz Yonucu (Moderation).

In Turkey, urban transformation processes have been taking place for decades. Already since the middle of the 20th century, state and society have been challenged by major domestic migratory movements. Attempts to govern the rapid mass urbanization have led to large-scale construction projects under the rule of the AKP. Yet, many Turkish citizens still live in precarious living conditions. The immigration of three million Syrian refugees has further increased already existing social and political tensions concerning urban space and the right to the city.

Our speakers will discuss the developments in Turkish cities: How do current urban transformation processes affect the way people live together? How are identities shaped and challenged though diversification and segregation in the city? Is the right to the city divisible? How are political and economic interests balanced in the field of urban planning? What influence do migratory and refugee movements have on urban space in Turkey?

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.


Kristen Biehl is an anthropologist and currently completing her PhD jointly carried out at the University of Oxford's Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA) and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS).

Ayşe Çavdar is a postdoc fellow in Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Center for Global Cooperation Research, in Duisburg.

Neslihan Demirtaş-Milz is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Izmir Katip Celebi Universitesi.

Deniz Yonucu
is an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellow at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient and a visiting lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin.