Event Announcement

10/17 - 10/18/2017

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Barcelona, Spain

PhD Workshop in Barcelona on EU-Turkey relations and respective challenges and opportunities of the past and future. You find the Call for Papers here.

Several interconnected crises are profoundly affecting relations between the European Union and Turkey - the refugee crisis, the failed coup attempt in Turkey of July 2016 or the UK's aspiration to exit the European Union are just a few of the most recent examples. Although Turkey has always been an integral part of Europe's history, a contrasting mix of conflict and cooperation, has been at the heart of the dense relationship between Turkey and the European project from the outset.

Understanding EU-Turkey relations and respective challenges and opportunities of the past and future requires a comprehensive approach of analysing different thematic dimensions (e.g. politics, economics, migration or climate) and assessing factors that affect the relationship on different levels of analysis.

This two-day PhD Workshop is meant to provide a solid platform for junior researchers to discuss their research with their peers and senior academic colleagues. Papers are welcomed from PhD students of political science, international relations as well as economics, history, law and social sciences dealing with topics related to the EU, Turkey and the wider neighbourhood in the context of EU-Turkey relations.

Some impressions

Under the theme "The European Union, Turkey and its wider neighbourhood: challenges and opportunities", 11 PhD candidates from several countries took the chance to discuss their PhD theses with international experts such as  Meltem Müftüler-Bac (Sabanci University), Robert Kissack (IBEI), Eduard Soleri Lecha (IBEI, CIDOB) and Atila Eralp (METU) on 17 and 18 October 2017. The  workshop was hosted by the Institut Barcelona d'Estudies Internacionales and organized by the Blickwechsel project TRIANGLE and the project FEUTURE,  funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

Recurring topics in the discussion were narratives in the Turkish-German-EU relations, populism, and the theses' theoretical concepts.