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Dear Blickwechsel friends,

We hope you had a good and healthy start into the new year. We at Blickwechsel and the Einstein Fellows Research Group are starting the year with some good news which we want to share with you in this newsletter.

Most importantly we are happy to announce that a new call for applications at Einstein's "Academic Freedom Programme" is out now. We are looking forward to receiving applications until January 31, 2020.

At the same time we are welcoming two new fellows in our team who joined us in January: Latife Akyüz and Zafer Yılmaz are now part of the Einstein-team. Welcome aboard!

In addition to that this newsletter will inform you about recent publications of members of our team and the announcement of the winners of 2019's "Bosphorus Prize" essay contest.

As in 2019, we're looking forward to welcoming you at one or more of the events within the framework of the Blickwechsel programme. Be prepared for an event the evening before International Women's Day and the next Jour Fixe panel discussion on press freedom in Turkey coming later this spring. We'll keep you updated and share further information with you on these two and more events as soon as possible.

All the best for 2020 and best wishes,
the Blickwechsel team

Call for Applications at HU's Einstein Fellows Research Group

The new call for applications at our Einstein Fellows Research Group is out now

The Einstein Fellows Research Group at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin is looking for candidates to apply to the Einstein Foundation Berlin (ESB) "Academic Freedom Programme", which aims to support scientists and researchers from regions that experience subtle or direct restrictions of research. If you see yourself represented by the features mentioned in the CfA you may fit one of our post-doctoral research groups at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Find the PDF with the call here.

New Einstein Fellows Latife Akyüz and Zafer Yılmaz

Latife Akyüz and Zafer Yılmaz have joined the Einstein Fellows Research Group

We are happy to announce that Latife Akyüz and Zafer Yılmaz have joined the Einstein Fellows Research Group in January 2020.

Under the title "Trans-Exile Intellectuals: 'Continuities and Breaks in Knowledge Production Processes in Transnational Social Space'", Latife's research will look into the difficulties of exiled academics who fled from Turkey after the coup attempt in July 2016.

Zafer's research examines the impacts of state of emergency and martial law policies on the constitutionalism and legal and constitutional foundations of citizenship in Turkey under the title "The Genealogy of Turkish 'Exceptional' State: The State of Emergency Policies, Constitutionalism and Citizenship in Turkey".

We welcome both scholars to our team. For more information on the fellows like CV please visit our Einstein Research Group homepage.

Recent Publications by Einstein Fellows and Blickwechsel Members

Recent publications by Özlem Savaş, Begüm Başdaş and Ertuğ Tombuş

Amongst recent publications from our research projects are several by Einstein fellows Özlem Savaş and Begüm Başdaş:

  • Begüm Başdaş published three articles on Greek politics: Link1, Link2 and Link3 (all in Turkish). In addition to these articles she was interviewed by Turkish online media platform Medyascope. Find the video on YouTube (also in Turkish).

Blickwechsel's Academic Coordinator Ertuğ Tombuş recently published the Article "The People and Its Embodiment: Authoritarian Foundations of Constitutions in Turkey" as part of the book The Failure of Popular Constitution Making in Turkey: Regressing toward Constitutional Autocracy.

"Bosphorus Prize" – Winner's Essays

Announcement of the Prize Winners

In 2019, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies, GeT MA - German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences and Berlin Bosphorus Initiative offered a prize for papers on "The EU, Germany and Turkey Relations: Challenges and Prospects".
The partnership between the hosts of the prize aims to encourage opportunities to study and foster the debate around German-Turkish relations, with a focus on economic and political ties. You can find further information on the "Bosphorus Prize" here.

After reviewing all submissions, the joint Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Berlin Bosphorus Initiative selection committee is happy to announce the awarded participants:

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

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