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Dear Blickwechsel friends,

it has been a while since we sent out our last newsletter. In the meantime, many things have happened here. Before diving into current activities we would like to share the most important information about our project with you:

The second round of Blickwechsel is coming to its official end in December. We are happy to announce that we were able to bring our academic activities, networks, and events together with a new project and fellows and established the Center for Comparative Research on Democracy at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. The new center is established at Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff's chair at HU Berlin and funded by Einstein Stiftung Berlin and Stiftung Mercator.

The Center for Comparative Research on Democracy will be a home to Contemporary Turkey Studies as well as the Einstein Fellows Research Group and the Academic Freedom Network, a Berlin University Alliance project. Over the last years, Blickwechsel has become one of the most active Turkey Studies programs in Europe. With the Center for Comparative Research on Democracy, we will continue our mission with a broader perspective and within an even wider network.

We, as the former Blickwechsel team, are currently working to get everything rolling and plan to hold our Kick-Off-Event as the newly founded center in early 2021. Stay tuned!

In the following you can get insights into current happenings and events:


  1. Two Online Courses by Off-University

  2. Recent Publications and Media Appearances by our Einstein-Fellows

  3. The 6th Workshop on New Perspectives in Turkey Studies in the German-Speaking Countries took place

Best wishes,
the Blickwechsel team

Online Classes at Off-University

"Türkiyede Anayasal Devlet" and "Marxs Materialism Praxis and Human Emancipation"

Of the many interesting online courses organised by our friends at Off-University there are two courses we especially recommend you to have a look at:

Marxs Materialism Praxis and Human Emancipation
The course, organised by the Academic Freedom Network, a project of the Berlin Center for Global Engagement, aims to introduce the distinctive features and revolutionary essence of Marx's materialism via analysis of primary texts.

For further information please follow this link.

Türkiyede Anayasal Devlet
(This course will be held in Turkish)
Bu ders Osmanlı-Türk Anayasal Gelişmeleri; 1982 Türkiye Anayasası, Cumhuriyetin Nitelikleri, Temel Hak ve Özgürlükler, Yasama Yetkisi, Seçimler, Milletvekilleri, Yürütme Yetkisi, Yargı, Anayasa Mahkemesi ve Anayasa Yargısı konularını ele almaktadır.

For further information please follow this link.

Recent Publications and Media Appearances by Einstein-Fellows

Of the many publications and media appearances by our fellows these are a few we would like to draw your attention to:

Ayşegül Kars Kaynar's article on "Otoriter Rejimlerde Bir İstikrar Unsuru Olarak Silahlı Kuvvetler" is part of the publication İktisat ve Toplum Journal, No: 120.

Her text "12 Eylül Darbe Davası: Kurumlar, Aktörler, Söylemler" appeared in Ayrıntı Journal, No: 35.

Medyascope has a new biweekly program with one of our Einstein fellows: "Begüm Başdaş ile Yollarda — On the Move with Begüm Başdaş". Find the first three episodes – including one in English on "Right-wing populism and anti-migration politics in Europe" – here.

Here's a selection of interviews Begüm gave amidst the crisis after a fire destroyed the Moria refugee camp in September: Link1, Link2 and Link3.

Begüm and former Einstein fellow Sinem Adar were part of a team that published this analysis of the so-called EU Turkey "Refugee Deal" at BIM earlier this year.

For their course "Spaces of Encounter and change. Mapping migrant economies in Neukölln und Aksaray", Urszula Ewa Wozniak and Tuba İnal-Çekiç were awarded the Faculty Price for good Teaching at Humboldt University's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Gülçin Balamir Coşkun recently published two articles: "Media capture strategies in new authoritarian states: the case of Turkey" and, together with Aysuda Kölemen, "Illiberal Democracy or Electoral Autocracy: The Case of Turkey" in "Democracy at Risk: The Emergence of Illiberalism".

New Perspectives in Turkey Studies in the German-Speaking Countries

On October 30-31, the 6th Workshop on New Perspectives in Turkey Studies in the German-Speaking Countries was successfully organised by the four workshops leaders and the Blickwechsel team.

Due to the current situation it was held online which fostered a new way of creative thinking: By combining zoom with the digital and interactive board Miro, a tool to collaboratively and simultaneously work on an online whiteboard, 30 participants exchanged their academic research and ideas in four different workshop groups:

  • Civil Society in Turkey – Annegret Warth (Goethe- Universität Frankfurt)
  • Solidarity and Sexual Dissidence – Nazlı Cabadağ (CARMAH, Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
  • The Past in the Present – Tabea Becker-Bertau (Universität Hamburg)
  • Turkey Abroad: Public Diplomacy Between Rise and Decline – Thomas Schad (Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Humboldt-Universität Berlin)

And last but not least, as an outcome of the workshop there will be a publication next year. We will keep you updated!

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

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