Reminder – Joint Conference on May 26

Also on behalf of CETEUS / University of Cologne and the Turkish-German University INSITER invites you to participate in the Joint Conference “New political challenges for Germany Turkey and EU” on May 26, 2017. The conference takes place in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul (get directions here) and will bring together scholars from both Turkey and EU countries who are engaged in EU studies and Germany –Turkey relations.

The conference programme foresees a welcome address and three thematic panels:
1) Present and F(e)uture of EU-Turkey Relations
2) EU, Turkey and the Economy
3) New Actors, New System, New Era? World Politics 2017

A draft agenda can be found here. Participation is possible only upon successful registration. In order to register please return the completed registration form (download here) by May 14, 2017 to Çigdem Çelik (

INSITER Co-Coordinator at EUSA Conference in Miami

From May 4 to 6, 2017, INSITER Co-Coordinator Wulf Reiners participated in the Fifteenth Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) in Miami, FL. Together with Dr. Funda Tekin (CETEUS, University of Cologne) he presented a conference paper on Germany’s role in EU-Turkey relations since the 2015 refugee crisis. Research for the conference contribution was inter alia conducted in the framework of the INSITER project. The full programme of the EUSA conference 2017 can be found here.

INSITER Roundtable No. 1

On May 25, 2017, INSITER together with the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) organises the INSITER-IPC Roundtable “A new neighbourhood for everyone? Trends of transition in Turkey, the EU and the wider region“.

The roundtable takes place at 2 pm in the premises of the IPC in Karaköy and brings together academics, students and civil society representatives from Germany and Turkey.

The event serves the purpose to approach Turkey-EU relations in a comparative way, focusing on the current internal dynamics and external orientations of Turkey and the EU and tackling the issue of Turkey’s foreign policy and external action of the EU in the wider neighbourhood. It will pay special attention to most recent developments, for instance the Turkish-European cooperation to respond to the refugee crisis, the institutional evolution of the EU, post-Arab Spring dynamics and the political landscape.

The roundtable is convened by the INSITER Coordinators Ebru Turhan (Chair) and Wulf Reiners (Discussant) in cooperation with Senem Aydın-Düzgit (IPC/Sabancı University). Speakers include:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Senem Aydın-Düzgit (IPC/Sabanci University)
Prof. Dr. Atila Eralp (METU University)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels (CETEUS, University of Cologne / TDU)
Prof. Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas (Bilkent University)

The event is designed for a limited number of participants including the students of the Master programme “European and International Affairs” of the Turkish-German University. It is open to external participants only upon invitation. For further information please contact the INSITER coordinator Ebru Turhan.

Conference on May 26 – Register now!

On May 26, 2017, INSITER organises together with the Department of Political Science of the Turkish-German University and the University of Cologne the joint conference
“New Political Challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU – IV”. 

The conference will take place in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Beykoz / Istanbul. Besides a key note address, three thematic panels related to EU-Turkey relations and beyond will be discussed by invited academics from Turkey and Germany.

The conference is open for the interested public upon registration. In order to register please send your completed registration form to the INSITER Project Assistant Çigdem Çelik. A download of the registration form is available here. Please note that the final day for the submission of registration forms is May 14, 2017.

Save the Date – Conference at Turkish-German University

The conference “New Political Challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU” will take place on May 26, 2017 in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Beykoz / Istanbul.

The symposium is organised on an annual basis by members of the Department of Political Science so that the edition 2017 in the framework of INSITER carries forward the tradition of the conferences of the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. This year, the symposium includes, for the first time, a panel particularly dedicated to the economic relations between Turkey and the EU.

Further information and the possibility to register for the event will follow in due time.

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.

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 in cooperation with the SUMMIT Project of the University of Cologne. Moderated by Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz Kuru, member of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, 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