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Conference, Part II: "Faraway, So Close? Reaching beyond the Pro/Contra Controversy on Turkey ’s EU Accession"

News from May 26, 2011


We would like to draw your attention to the second part of the conference “FARAWAY, SO CLOSE? Reaching beyond the Pro/Contra Controversy on Turkey’s EU Accession” organized by Dr. Bilgin Ayata (Kolleg-Forschergruppe "The Transformative Power of Europe") in cooperation with Dr. Banu Karaca (Sabanci University), which is going to take place in Istanbul from 2-4 July 2011.

The programme for the second part is available here (PDF). A conference report and podcasts of the first part can be found here.


About the Workshop
Five years ago, the EU opened accession negotiations with Turkey projecting 2014 as the earliest possible date for membership. Yet, it is not solely the date that continues to stir debates, but the very candidacy of Turkey itself. Aiming to turn the by now conventional EU- Turkey controversy into a conversation, this interdisciplinary workshop is designed to revisit critical themes in Turkey’s accession debate, including the role of immigration, minority rights and norm diffusion, by contextualizing Turkey’s EU bid through historical inquiries into the making of the European Union. The workshop series seeks to shift the current focus on ‘European’ perceptions of Turkey’s candidacy by equally considering scholarly debates from Turkey through a two-tier meeting structure organized in cooperation between KFG, Free University (Berlin) and Sabanci University (Istanbul). A summary and the podcasts from the first event, which took place in Berlin February 3-5, 2011, can be accessed at http://www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/en/v/transformeurope/news/events/report_teuc_2011.html