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Dear Blickwechsel friends,

We hope you are doing fine. With this newsletter we want to share some information with you on these topics:

  1. Under the title »Emerging Powers, Falling Stars: Brazil and Turkey in the 21st Century« the first Online Talk on Turkey was held online on June 25.

  2. Reminder: The application for the Workshop "New Perspectives in Turkey Studies" is open until Saturday, August 1.

  3. The last lecture of the series »Lectures on Contemporary Turkey: Anatomy of a Political Regime« is coming up on Wednesday, July 15.

  4. Dr. Ayşegül Kars Kaynar is granted a Georg Forster Fellowship.

Best wishes,
the Blickwechsel team

Emerging Powers, Falling Stars: Brazil and Turkey in the 21st Century


On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the first Online Talk on Turkey was held on the question how Brazil and Turkey descended into chaos, crisis and authoritarianism in the course of the 2010s.

A live recording of the event is now available as Video and Audio:
 – YouTube Link
 – Spotify Link

  • Speaker
    Karabekir Akkoyunlu, Visiting Scholar, Universidade de São Paulo, IRI- Instituto de relações internacionais
  • Discussant
    Bilge Yabancı, Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow, Università Ca' Foscari Venice
  • Chair
    Kerem Öktem, Keyman Visiting Professor, Northwestern University, Department for Political Science

The event series is co-organized by Network Turkey, Consortium for European Symposia on Turkey (CEST) and Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies.

Application for Turkey Studies Workshop

The 6th Workshop on "New Perspectives in Turkey Studies" is coming up in October

Under the title "Between Conflict and Cooperation: State and Society in Contemporary Turkey", this workshop brings together graduate students (PhD students, MA students, and BA students in the process of graduation) who are involved in research on contemporary Turkey and its diasporas. The objective of the workshop is to encourage interdisciplinary exchange and debate among these young scholars and to help further establish Turkey-related research in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and beyond. The workshop is the sixth event of the 'Türkeiforschung in Deutschland' series, established in 2010 and co-organised by Network Turkey, TürkeiEuropaZentrum (TEZ) at Universität Hamburg, and the Blickwechsel Contemporary Turkey Studies program at Humboldt-Universität Berlin. It is funded by Stiftung Mercator.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop takes place online. The main working language of the workshop is English. Selected workshop contributions will be published in the series 'Junge Perspektiven der Türkeiforschung' (VS Springer).

Please submit your application for the workshop and the publication by Saturday, August 1, 2020.

For further information on the workshop and the application process please 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

After 9 very interesting lectures in the past weeks the 10th and final episode of our online lecture series »Lectures on Contemporary Turkey: Anatomy of a Political Regime« is coming up on Wednesday, July 15. The speaker will be Rosa Burç with her lecture on "(Un)changing Paradigms: Turkey's Kurdish Question". Plesase join us for this lecture at 5:00 pm on Off-University's platform following this link.

For more information you can visit our event page. There will be an introduction and the possibility to get technical support 30 minutes before the lecture starts, at 4:30 pm. If you have technical issues please write an email to

This lecture series is co-organized by Off-University and Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies and funded by Einstein Foundation Berlin and Stiftung Mercator.

Georg Forster Fellowship for Einstein Fellow

Ayşegül Kars Kaynar is granted a Georg Forster Fellowship

After being an Einstein Fellow for one and half years, Dr. Kars Kaynar is granted a Georg Forster Fellowship by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation since June 2020. She continues her research at Humboldt-Universität under the chairs of Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff and Prof. Dr. Christian Volk.

Dr. Kars Kaynar comparatively studies Turkey's post-transitional justice process that unfolds around the trial of September 12, 1980 coup makers between 2012 and 2016. Apart from questioning why the prosecution of junta leaders failed, she discusses politics of memory and significance of search for justice for democratic consolidation.


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

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Unter den Linden 6
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+49 30 2093 66588

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