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CFP: The more they change… Change in the EU and its impact on neighbouring countries

CFP The more they change… Change in the EU and its impact on neighbouring countries

9-11 October 2014; Atılım University Ankara, Turkey


In times of crisis, reform within and beyond the EU has been as pressing as ever. Have the internal dynamics in workings of the EU had an impact on countries in the neighbourhood, particularly those which seek accession? Current five candidate countries for EU accession, as well as further countries in the Western Balkan countries that have been offered the prospect of EU membership are in the focus of monitoring, assessing these countries’ capacity to fulfil economic and political criteria, and ensure societal stability much like countries in previous enlargement waves. Do dynamics internal to the EU impact on candidate and perspective candidate countries and their reactions to changes suggested by the EU? How are those countries sitting in the EU’s ‘waiting room’ interact with the changing interpretation of EU conditionality? Do accession and candidate countries push for reforms even though the nature of conditionality has changed? What role do other international organisations (e.g. Council of Europe, OSCE, NATO) play in drawing candidate states closer to EU? What role do other options available for countries in the European neighbourhood play in variant interpretation of norms projected by the EU upon accession states, candidates and neighbours? Has the nature of the Europeanisation process changed since the start of the economic crisis in Europe? What consequences can we expect for the ability of the EU to deal with future challenges of integration should current accession, candidate or neighbouring states become members?


Debate on how accession, candidate and neighbouring states deal with the changing nature of EU conditionality and respond to the changing perception about the role of the EU on the continent is overdue for refining the self-perceptions of Euro-critical/-sceptic publics in the EU proper. We invite papers that discuss how accession, candidate and neighbouring states deal with the changing nature of EU conditionality, re-shape processes of Europeanisation, address challenges of interacting with sets of international organisations and respond to the changing perception about the role of the EU on the continent. We particularly welcome papers that reflect on one of the above questions by using case or comparative studies. Early/mid-career scholars and PhD students working on topics related to those outlined above are particularly encouraged to apply.


Profs Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse (FU Berlin) will deliver a keynote speech at the conference. Selection of the papers presented at the conference will be submitted as a special issue to a journal on European politicsSome assistance (costs of accommodation) will be made available to support attendance for early career researchers/PhD students presenting papers. Meals and refreshments will be available for all participants.


Timeline / organisation: Paper proposals of no more than 500 words, complete with author contact details and institutional affiliation, should be submitted via by August 22. Successful applicants will be notified by August 31 2014.


The workshop is organised by the UACES CRN Centrifugal Europe jointly with the Atılım University Ankara (Turkey) and Queen’s University Belfast (UK). If you have any questions, please email Timofey Agarin  as well as Gözde Yilmaz



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CfP: Contemporary Turkey at a Glance II – Turkey Transformed? Power, History and Culture / October 18 & 19, 2014 / Istanbul Bilgi University

The European Institute at Istanbul Bilgi University, Network Turkey, London School of Economics, and Istanbul Policy Center invite young scholars to apply for the international conference Contemporary Turkey at a Glance II – Turkey Transformed? Power, History and Culture which will take place on October 18 & 19, 2014 at Istanbul Bilgi University.


Recent political developments in Turkey have raised the question to what extent the last decades have witnessed a real transformation of the power structures that shape society. Has the country’s political culture moved beyond modes of hierarchical engagement between the state and its citizens? Are we witnessing the rise of new forms of state action or a return to 20th century authoritarianism? In this context, the transformative impact and lasting power of the Gezi movement must be critically assessed. The international conference will provide a platform for a critical and interdisciplinary debate on a changing Turkey.


The event will bring together some of the most important institutions, organizations, and scholars from Europe and Turkey committed to the study of modern Turkey. The papers accepted to the conference will be presented and discussed during the following sessions:


Turkey and its Neighbors – Chair: Senem Aydın Düzgit (Istanbul Bilgi University)

Democratization and Institutional Reform – Chair: Fuat Keyman (Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University)

Public Space and Contestation – Chair: Ayfer Bartu Candan (Boğaziçi University)

Diasporas and Transnationalism – Chair: Ayhan Kaya (Istanbul Bilgi University)

Historical Perspectives – Suraiya Faroqhi (Istanbul Bilgi University)

Political Economy – Chair: Çağlar Keyder (Boğaziçi University)

Identities and Transgressions: Religion, Ethnicity, Sexuality – Chair: Esra Özyürek (London School of Economics)

Rule of Law – Chair: Kerem Altıparmak (Ankara University)


The deadline for applications is June 30, 2014.



The papers that are accepted will not only be presented during the conference, but may also be published in Contemporary Turkey at a Glance II – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Transformation of Power, History, and Culture in Turkey, depending on both the applicants’ wishes, as indicated in the applications form, and the editors’ choices. The volume will be edited by Esra Özyürek and Meltem Ersoy. Summarizing the outcome of the event, the publication will comprise a snapshot of the current state of contemporary research on Turkey from an interdisciplinary perspective. The deadline for registration as a participant is September 30, 2014.


Please send your registration, application and/or questions to: Meltem Ersoy, Conference Coordinator (Email: Find further details attached or here. Feel free to share this information with your friends, colleagues, and students.


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European International Studies Association (EISA) Workshop: ‘Encountering Europe in an Era of Democratic Stagnation in Turkey’, May 21-24, 2014, Convenors: Alper Kaliber, Istanbul Bilgi University, and Senem Aydin Duzgit, Istanbul Bilgi University

The European International Studies Association (EISA) is organising the second European Workshops in International Studies together with local hosts Gediz University in Izmir from 21 to 24 May 2014. Alper Kaliber and Senem Aydin Duzgit are convening a Workshop entitled ‘Encountering Europe in an Era of Democratic Stagnation in Turkey’ where they invite proposals for papers. The workshop will assess the current state of Turkey’s relations with Europe and the EU with a particular emphasis on their domestic implications in Turkey. The workshop also seeks to answer the following and related questions: can any correlation be established between the retreat of Europeanization and the erosion of the democratic credentials of the regime in Turkey? Can Turkish society’s growing suspicion on the EU membership be taken to mean that Turkey is distancing itself from Europe? Do national political and societal actors in Turkey still need European values, norms and institutions to explain and promote their political agenda? How does Turkey’s growing distance with Europe impact on Turkey’s foreign policy in its wider neighbourhood?


The deadline for paper proposals is 15 December 2013. Proposals MUST be submitted via the EISA website. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection process by 20 January 2014.


Further details, including the workshop description and a link to the proposal website, are available at

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Euroacademia – The Third Global Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers’ Prague, Czech Republic

THE DATES: 15  – 16 of March 2013
Description and aims
Europe became in the 20th century an elaborated yet contested notion as the particular field of European studies emerged and extensive and diverse research was directed recently towards an intensified search for what Europe is about. The creation of the European Union made things even more specialized and increased the stake of methodological rigor as more and more Europeans are affected by the decisions taken in Brussels. The number, diversity and quality of research projects focused on European issues is unprecedented, yet, as it is usually the case with specialization it gradually led to discursive communities that rarely meet and debate their approaches in open floors together with peers from other continents, academic traditions and cultures. It is the aim of this conference to build a bridge among specialists from different regions, academic traditions and cultures that share a common interest in studying and addressing Europe as a reflexive concern.
The Third Global Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers’ aims exactly to refresh a broader approach and understanding of Europe by enlarging the platform of regular conferences and workshops for a wider arena of participants and disciplinary backgrounds in order to put on stage a worldwide monadology for such concerns. The conference aims also to enable critical alternatives to the disciplinary orthodoxies by creating a framework for interaction and dissemination of diversity that has to become once more a European trademark.
What is Europe and its place in the world? Is there something particular that sedimented in time and through a controversial history a European way? How does Europe see itself and how do others see it? Is Europe inclusive or club-based exclusive? Is Europe becoming a normative power or just envisages itself as one? Is the European multiculturalism a fact or an ideal? Is the European Union a reflection of Europe or an appropriation of it? These are just few questions out of an enormous space for inquiry that are to be addressed and confronted within the topic of the conference.
1.      1. Colonial Metaphors through Sequential Art: Domination, Exotic Places and Alterity in European Comic Books
2.      2. The European Way – Identitarian Representations of Europe in Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literature
3.      3. Europe and the European Union: Politicizing Europeaness
The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following general panels:
Europe as a would be world power
Europe and its internal and external others/outsiders
Europe and identities
Fortress Europe?
EU and appropriations of Europe
Europe and the Mediterranean assortment
Europe and the inclusive/exclusive nexus
Europe and the US
Europe and anti-Americanism
Europe as seen from its Eastern neighbours
Europe as viewed from far away: narratives of the Europeans outside
Europe as viewed from Asia
Europe and Africa
Non-familiar faces of Europe
Knowing Europe in a different way: from Latin America to Australia
Europe and the EU as a normative power
EU regulatory practices in context
The multiple faces of Europeanization as a process
Europe and the persistence of the East-West Slope
Europe and crises
Europe and cosmopolitanism
Europe and the post-national orders
Europe in the world
European narratives of the past: the mnemonic/amnesic nexuses
Europeanization versus globalization
Europe and conflict resolution
European social models: welfare states and neoliberal suspicions
Europe and innovation
The politicization of Europe
Participant’s Profile
The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest in Europe from all parts of the world. Post-graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers are welcome to submit an abstract. Representatives of INGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks and activists willing to present their work with impact on or influenced by specific understandings of Europe are welcomed as well to submit the abstract of their contribution. Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted based on their proven quality. The submitted paper is expected to be in accordance with the lines provided in the submitted abstract.
The conference will take place in the conference premises of the exclusive 4 stars deluxe design Grand Majestic Plaza Hotel, centrally located in the heart of Prague, easily accessible from the historic center and within a walking distance from all the major tourist attractions: just few steps away from the famous Municipal House, Gothic Powder Gate, significant Republic Square and the most attractive shopping center Palladium.
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Research Turkey – METU Conference “EXPLORING TURKEY’S EDUCATION POLICY: WHAT DO THE GLOBAL TRENDS SUGGEST, WHAT DO THE RECENT AMENDMENTS REALLY AMEND?” Cultural & Convention Centre, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 13-14 December 2012


Cultural & Convention Centre, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 13-14 December 2012 

For further info please see:

Further questions can be directed to Assist. Prof. Basak Alpan, please see contact details below:

Basak Alpan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Middle East Technical University
Department of Political Science and Public Administration/Centre for
European Studies
Universiteler Mah. Dumlupinar bulv. No:1
06800 Ankara TURKEY

Tel: +90 312 2102054

Please find attached the draft programme for the conference:

 Education Conference-Draft Programme

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CES-METU JMCE Seminar Series 2- Thomas Diez-30th Nov 2012, 14:30

Middle East Technical University (METU)

Center for European Studies (CES)

Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Seminar Series 2012-2013

‘Normative Power Europe as Hegemony’

Prof. Dr. Thomas DIEZ

Political Science and International


University of Tübingen


30th November 2012, Friday 14:30

Middle East Technical University

Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences

B Building– G-169


Bio:Thomas Diez is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Institute for Political Science, University of Tübingen. He was formerly Professor of International Relations Theory in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, where he was Head of Department from 2005-2008. Diez earned his PhD at the University of Mannheim. He was formerly a Research Fellow at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute where he worked with Barry Buzan and Ole Waever. He studies international relations theory, European integration and conflict transformation and is best known for his contributions to the debate on the European Union’s normative power. Books he has edited or co-edited include The EU and the Cyprus Conflict: Modern Conflict, Postmodern Union, European Integration Theory, the European Union and Border Conflicts, Cyprus: A Conflict at the Crossroads and An Introduction to International Relations Theory: Perspectives and Themes. In 2009, Diez was awarded the 2009 Anna Lindh Award for contributions to the analysis of European foreign and security policy.


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CFP: The Balkans Dialogue: Conflict Resolution and EU Accession Politics in the Balkans and Turkey International Conference – Institute for Cultural Relations Policy, Hungary, 8−9 February, 2013

Topics: Political, economic and legal aspects in ethnic and national minority conflict resolution. Impacts of European Union accession policies/processes. Emerging security challenges.

Aims: This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural meeting welcomes presentations on the political science, sociology, laws, history and economics research and cross border cooperation within the Balkans region and Anatolia. The conference is supported by three institutes and aims to serve as a meeting point to facilitate the public exposure of the perspectives and interests of different communities, governments, international organisations, NGOs, businesses, scholars, thinkers and common citizens.

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CFP: FAS 2013 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CONGRESS “GENDER” Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Maltepe University, Ýstanbul, TURKEY April 25-26, 2013

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences Students’ Local Organizing Committee at Maltepe University is pleased to announce the call for papers for the undergraduate students’ conference on ‘Gender’ to be held at Maltepe University on 25-26 April 2013.

Abstracts can be submitted via e-mail to by 30 December 2012 and contain a clear outline of theoretical framework, methodology and results.


3 December 2012 Deadline for submission of abstracts 7 January 2013 Announcement of accepted papers 4 February 2013 Deadline for submission of full papers 25-26 April 2013 FAS 2013 Gender Congress

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9th International Student Conference (ISC 2013), Empirical Models in Social Sciences

We request your support in encouraging undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers to the Izmir University of Economics (IUE) 9th International Student Conference (ISC 2013), Empirical Models in Social Sciences (, to be held in Izmir, Turkey, on April 14th-15th, 2013.

The conference welcomes participants from all countries. Selected participants will be eligible for funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs (visit the conference Web page for details). The selection procedure is as follows: (1) Submission of abstracts/ extended abstracts for peer review by the end of November 30 2012. (2) Submission of full papers for peer review by February, 1 2013. The decision on the award of funding will be taken at the second stage.

We look forwards to welcoming student participants from your institution at the conference, In the previous years, the conference hosted participants from well-known universities such as Harvard, MIT, Colombia, Tilburg, Groningen, Maastricht U., London U, and from countries including Austria, France, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, UK and USA.

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Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) Call for Papers and Participation: 11th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Affairs, 17-20 June 2013, Athens, Greece

The Politics & International Affairs Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) will hold its 11th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Affairs, 17-20 June 2013, Athens, Greece. For further details (including previous programs), please go to the conference website: The registration fee is €300 (euro), covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi.

The aim of the conference is to bring together academics, researchers, students and professionals in private and public organizations and governments of Politics and International Affairs and other related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.

If you think that you can contribute, please submit a 300-word abstract by 19 November 2012, by email, to: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis, Head, Politics & International Affairs Research Unit, ATINER and Director, International Studies Program Virginia Tech – Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at

Announcement of the decision is made within 4 weeks after submission, which includes information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a mini conference or a panel (session), chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos (, President, ATINER.


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