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Dear Blickwechsel friends,

We hope this email finds you well. With this newsletter we want to give you a short update on the following topics:

  1. We are very happy to announce that we have re-scheduled the workshop "New Perspectives in Turkey Studies in the German-Speaking Countries/Junge Perspektiven der Türkeiforschung im deutschsprachigen Raum". The new call for applications is out now.

  2. In our last newsletter we informed you about the online lecture series »Lectures on Contemporary Turkey: Anatomy of a Political Regime«. This newsletter will give you further details on the upcoming lectures.

  3. GeT MA – the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences will hold their next online info meeting on June 17 at 5:00 pm (CET).

  4. Last but not least we want to share with you a new publication by the research network MERGE on the so-called EU-Turkey "Refugee Deal".

  5. In May the Einstein Open Colloquium: Critical Turkey Studies started.

Best wishes,
the Blickwechsel team

Turkey Studies Workshop Re-Scheduled

CfA: Workshop “New Perspectives on Turkey Studies in the German-Speaking Countries”

We are pleased to share with you the call for applications for the (re-scheduled) sixth workshop on "New Perspectives in Turkey Studies in the German-Speaking Countries/Junge Perspektiven der Türkeiforschung im deutschsprachigen Raum" at Hamburg University on 30-31 October, 2020.

The workshop's objective is to encourage interdisciplinary exchange and debate among graduate students and young scholars who are based in German-speaking countries and are involved in research on contemporary Turkey and its diasporas. To present your research, please apply until Saturday, 1 August 2020. And please spread the word far and wide!

For further information and the full Call for Applications click here to visit our web page.

Lectures on Contemporary Turkey: Anatomy of a Political Regime

Online Lecture Series by Off-University and HU Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies

In our last newsletter we informed you about the online lecture series which we are organizing together with Off-University. After three very interesting lectures in Turkish with Nilgün Toker Kılınç, Murat Sevinç and Serdar Tekin we will now switch to English for the following seven lectures. Below is an overview for the forthcoming lectures:

  • THU, June 4*:
    Aslı Odman, Making of the Pandemic, Making of the Pandemiariat in Turkey
  • WED, June 10:
    Aslı Zengin, Sex/Gender Transgressive and Trans Lives at the Intersection of Violence and Intimacy
  • WED, June 17:
    Fatma Müge Göçek, Vectors of Violence from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic
  • WED, June 24:
    Esra Arsan, The Changing Actors of Political Clientelism and the New Authoritarianism in Turkish News Media
  • WED, July 1:
    Ceren Lord, The Unfolding of Religious Majoritarianism in Turkey
  • WED, July 8:
    Halil İbrahim Yenigün, Religiosities and Religious Regimes
  • WED, July 15:
    Rosa Burç, Lecture title t.b.a. (in English)

*Please note: Aslı Odman's lecture will be held on Thursday, June 4 instead of Wednesday, June 3.

For people who are new to the Off-University platform or face any technical problems: There will be an introduction and the possibility to get technical support every week 30 minutes before the lecture starts, at 4:30 pm.

For more information please visit our event page.

To join the lecture series please register via the Off-University platform following this link.

This lecture series is funded by Einstein Foundation Berlin and Stiftung Mercator.

GeT MA Online Info Meeting

German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences – Online Info Meeting

The next online info meeting of the GeT MA program will take place on 17 June 2020 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (CET). Prospective students have the chance to meet GeT MA alumni, faculty and the program supervisors of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Middle East Technical University in Ankara face-to-face. The structure and contents will be presented as well as the schedule of this unique German-Turkish study program. The GeT MA team will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the study program and financing!

In order to be able to plan better, please register by contacting Daniela Jahn ( Then you will receive a link to the event. You are also welcome to send specific questions in advance.

Recent Publication on "Refugee Deal"

Snapshot Analyses on the "Refugee Deal": Four Years After the EU-Turkey Statement

Einstein fellow Begüm Başdaş and former Einstein fellow Sinem Adar contributed to a publication by MERGE, a collaborative research network based at the Berlin Institute for Empirical Research on Integration and Migration (BIM) at Humboldt University, Berlin. MERGE brings together scholars in migration studies and other knowledge-holders with a focus on the Middle East to provide a comprehensive understanding of the regimes of mobility in the region.

Just recently, MERGE published a dossier on the EU-Turkey Deal, mainly known as "Refugee Deal". The dossier includes different snapshot analyses and future scenarios regarding the EU-Turkey Statement. The Statement has immensely impacted the lives of millions of refugees, as well as Turkey and Greece. Political uncertainties between Brussels and Ankara persist regarding the future of the Statement in the wake of Ankara's manoeuvre in late February to decrease its border control toward irregular crossings into Greece.

Find the full dossier here:
Snapshot Analyses on the "Refugee Deal": Four Years After the EU-Turkey Statement [pdf]

Einstein Open Colloquium: Critical Turkey Studies

The Einstein Open Colloquium started in May in a virtual classroom. Every second Thursday, graduate students in the final stage of their studies have the opportunity to share their research and get feedback from the Einsten Fellows and other colleagues. The Einstein Fellows Research Group at Humboldt-University brings together different scholars with a background in critical academia in Turkey. Besides Turkey studies, the Einstein Fellows have different research interestes including political theory, law and social sciences, urban studies, migration and diaspora studies as well as media and gender studies!

Next dates: June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16 and July 30.

If you are interested in attending the upcoming sessions or presenting in the next round of the Einstein Open Colloquium please send an email to

The Einstein Fellows Research Group at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is funded by the programme "Wissenschaftsfreiheit" by Einstein Foundation Berlin.

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

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