INSITER Seminar Started

On February 15, 2017, the first session of the INSITER seminar “Contemporary EU-Turkey Relations” took place. The course was added to the Turkish-German University’s MA programme “European and International Affairs” as a new teaching offer (seminar code ‘AVU114’) in the framework of the INSITER project. The seminar is conducted by the INSITER coordinators Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan and Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners and will take place every Wednesday afternoon. The full seminar syllabus can be found here.

Article on INSITER in DAAD Newsletter

On February 2, 2017 the German Academic Exchange Service in Turkey (DAAD Türkiye) has published the first issue 2017 of its widely-distributed newsletter. Against the background of the close links between the Turkish-German University and the DAAD, the issue also features a one-page article on INSITER (in German language). The INSITER team welcomes the appearance, which is in line with the project’s dissemination strategy to reach out to the wider public through established communication channels. A download of the complete newsletter (PDF) is available here.

Release of the INSITER Brochure

INSITER proudly announces the publication of its information brochure. The brochure constitutes the basic offline-tool to advertise the Jean Monnet Module and to inform both academics and students about the project’s aims, activities and project leaders. The information leaflet will be published with a first print run of 1.000 copies to be distributed soon at the Turkish-German University as well as at partner universities in Turkey and EU countries.

On this occasion the INSITER team would like to thank Sedef Aydoğan, research assistant at the Turkish-German University, for the fantastic design of the brochure (and her incredible patience with us). Çok teşekkürler!

INSITER Coordinators at SUMMIT Conference in Berlin

On January 16 and 17, 2017, the coordinators of INSITER, Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan and Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners, participated in the  conference of the Jean Monnet Project ‘SUMMIT’ in Berlin, Germany. The conference gathered leading EU-practitioners and academics, practitioners  producing study material, students and an interested public. More information and can be found here.

New Publication by Ebru Turhan

INSITER’s academic co-coordinator Ebru Turhan has published a co-authored book chapter entitled “Turkish Foreign Policy towards the Arab Spring: Between Western Orientation and Regional Disorder”, in the edited volume by Bülent Aras and Fuat Keyman “Turkey, the Arab Spring and Beyond” (New York: Routledge).  Read more

Launch of the INSITER Domain

On December 20, 2016 the first fully revised version of the INSITER webpage has been launched under the domain It is home to information and up-to-date news on the Jean Monnet Module and is meant to be a major communication hub for the dissemination of project activities and results.

Study Trip to Ankara

On December 12-13, 2016 the students of the Turkish-German University’s Master programme “European and International Affairs” went on a research and study trip to Ankara to gather first-hand insights into real-life policy making and diplomacy. Read more here.

Meeting of the INSITER Advisory Board

On November 24, 2016 the first meeting of the INSITER Advisory Board took place in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul. The meeting served the purpose to jointly review preparatory work of the project team as well as a general planning for the upcoming project year.

Roundtable Discussion on the European Council and Turkey’s Accession Process

On November 22, 2016 the public roundtable discussion „Changing the Map. The European Council’s role in Turkey’s accession process and Brexit” took place at the Turkish-German University. Moderated by Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz Kuru, head of the department of political science, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels (Senior INSITER Scholar, CETEUS / University of Cologne) and Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan (INSITER academic co-coordinator) discussed the role of the European Council in view of both the enlargement of the European Union as well as the Brexit process. Read More

Welcome to INSITER

The Turkish-German University is proud to announce the positive evaluation by the European Commission of the project application by Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan and Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners for the Jean Monnet Module “INSITER – Inside the Turkey-EU Relations” for funding in the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme. The project will run under the grant agreement number “575084-EPP-1-2016-1-TR-EPPJMO-MODULE” from September 1, 2016 until August 31, 2019. Find the official selection results here.