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Dear Blickwechsel friends,

The year 2019 was a very vivid and fruitful year for the Blickwechsel programme. With the support of Stiftung Mercator and Einstein Foundation and together with our cooperation partners we organised many events in various formats: Academic panels, film screenings, readings, interdisciplinary conferences, closed workshops and many more. Recently, we had our final conference on "Rights and Equality in Contemporary Turkey". For the course of three days researchers from Turkey and Germany shared their findings with scholars, journalists, politicians and students. For those ones who could not join the conference, here you can get access to the conference booklet which summarizes the main research results.

The year 2019 is not over yet. Therefore, we would like to share our upcoming December events with you and cordially invite you to join:

Last but not least we wish you all a wonderful and relaxed winter break and hope to see you next year.

 Best wishes,
the Blickwechsel team

"Rethink Populism: Whom Do Populists Really Represent? Turkey Under AKP Rule and the Question of Pluralism"

Video Screening and Discussion | December 6, 2019 at 7.30 pm| Berlin

Together with Off-University and us, Migration Matters will present five episodes of their latest series #rethinkpopulism, featuring scholars Sinem Adar of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and Ertuğ Tombuş of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin speaking to the case of Turkey. In this regard, both scholars together with the co-organizers invite the audience to examine the so-called life cycle of a populist and the relationship between populism, democracy, and social diversity by focusing on the case of Turkey. more

Venue: Aquarium at Südblock, Skalitzer Str. 6 (Kottbusser Tor), 10999 Berlin

Please register via Mail at

The event is co-organized by the programme Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies, Migration Matters and Off-University.

"Rights and Equality in Contemporary Turkey" in Retrospect

Final Conference | November 13 - 15, 2019 | Berlin

On November 13-15, the research outcomes of the programme "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies" were presented within the framework of the final conference Rights and Equality in Contemporary Turkey. In this regard, several panel discussions invited the audience to discuss the findings conducted by all five research projects between 2017-2019. Besides, the conference started with an inspiring key note by Arjun Apparduai and hosted the traveling exhibition Courageous Women: Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey's Academia.

Thank you for the great participation and all the vivid debates and inputs we have received for the course of three days!

If you are interested to find out more about the research project Atheism & The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Turkey, please take a look at the taz media piece published on November, 15. Further information and impressions on the conference can be also accessed on our webpage.

Lecture Series: "Mobility Activism, and Politics"

December 4, Wed 6 - 8 pm | Berlin

Invitation to this week's public lecture on "Neo-Liberalization of Space through Authoritarian Urban Policy" by Tuba İnal-Çekiç 

The event is taking place within the framework of the Public Lecture Series on "Mobility, Activism, and Politics" organised by Einstein Fellows Research Group at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Every Wednesday evening during the winter semester 2019/20 (16.10.2019 - 12.02.2020) the lecture series explores the processes of democratic de-consolidation and increasing migration and invites students and scholars alike to join the discussion. more 

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Exhibition Opening Event in Hamburg: "Courageous Women: Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey's Academia"

Exhibition Opening Event || December 13, 2019 at 6 pm || Hamburg

Invitation to the exhibition opening event in Hamburg with Yasemin Karakaşoğlu and Charlotte Binder (University of Bremen)

The photography exhibition "Courageous Women: Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey's Academia" has been prepared in the framework of the research project Women's and Gender Studies at Universities in Turkey: Institutionalization and Transformation (University of Bremen) and portrays 26 women academics, who initiated the foundation processes of Women's and Gender Studies at universities in Turkey. Since its first exhibition in Istanbul, the exhibition has been already shown in Bremen, Berlin and Vienna and met great media response in Turkey and Germany.

Venue in Hamburg: Universität Hamburg, Flur der Abteilung „Geschichte und Kultur des Vorderen Orients", Department of Asia-Africa Studies, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Flügel Ost, 2nd Floor

For more information on the opening event, please visit the announcement published by Universität Hamburg (in German)

The exhibition will be shown until December 19, 2019.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Institute for Social Sciences
Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies

Postal Address:
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

+49 30 2093 66588

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