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Dear Blickwechsel friends,

We are happy to send out our next Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies newsletter.

In this newsletter, you find detailed information about our upcoming Jour Fixe event on "Aesthetics of Resistance". We also share the research results of the project "Comparing women's movements in different cities in Turkey" and a recent blog entry and a working paper on social policy in Turkey. Further, you find some interviews with members of the research projects.

We hope you enjoy getting to know more about Blickwechsel and are looking forward to the next newsletter.

Kind regards,
the Blickwechsel team

News from the Framework Programme

The Blickwechsel framework program organizes the event series "Jour Fixe: Turkey in the 21st Century". On a regular basis, we have panel discussions on current issues related to Turkey. On some occasions, we also organize additional events like book readings or film screenings.

At our upcoming Jour Fixe on October 30 in Berlin our panelists Myrto Tsilimpounidi, Sarah H. Awad, Erdem Çolak and Elif Çiğdem Artan (Chair) will reflect upon the interplay between resistance and arts:

In this panel, our speakers will focus on cases in Istanbul, Cairo, and Athens and will discuss questions such as what is the role of visual and performative arts in political contexts? What is the interplay between political protests and street art? To what extent is street art a form of political participation and resistance? And does it have a transformative potential over the uses of urban space? more

News from the Research Projects

Research results

Comparing women's movements in different cities in Turkey

The results of the research project "Comparing women's movements in different cities in Turkey" are are available on the blickwechsel homepage in German, English, Turkish and Kurdish. The project was implemented from 2014 – 2017, also within the Blickwechsel Programme.
The diversity of women's movements and gender-based political positions in Turkey was analyzed considering the complexity of the social structures in the country. The central question of the study was whether and to what extent these women's movements, despite their differences, work together and, if so, which common, overarching objectives they pursue. more

How social is Turkey?

The research project "How social is Turkey?" is publishing on a regular basis blog entries and working papers on social policy in Turkey on its webpage. Here, we share a part of the newest blog entry with you. Also, the first working paper is online now.

New blog entry on social policy

Difficulties of Social Policy Reform: The Case of Severance Pay
In this entry, we will present one case of a puzzlingly difficult reform, which has been on the agenda of Turkish politics for decades: severance pay. more

New working paper on social policy

Turkey's Social Assistance Regime in Comparative Perspective: History, Administrative Structure, Programmes and Institutional Characteristics
This paper provides an overview of Turkey's complex social assistance regime. Through exploring the development of the different programmes, it aims to understand the main characteristics of the social assistance regime and situate the case in comparative context. more

Newspaper Articles, Radio Interviews

Atheism & The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Turkey

Pierre Hecker, head of the project, gave a radio interview in german on "Atheists in Turkey". The interview can be listened to until 08.02.2019.

Research Lab: Constitutional Politics in Turkey

Here you find an interview on practices of rights and law in Turkey with Ertuğ Tombuş and Başak Çalı: Ein Land im Rechtsvakuum? Interview zu Praktiken von Recht und Gesetz in der Türkei

Women's and Gender Studies at Universities in Turkey

Interview with Yasemin Karakaşoğlu, head of the project, on violence against women in Turkey titled Gewalt und Morde an Frauen nehmen stetig zu.

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

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