INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan held a public lecture on Turkish Narratives of Europe as part of the Coimbra Group International Lecture Series “Narratives of Europe – Narratives for Europe” on 25 June 2019 at the University of Cologne. The lecture series attempts a survey of the different narratives on Europe across EU member states and key third countries, focusing on both differences and common traits, inspired by the hope that an increased awareness of these narratives and expectations increases and improves mutual understanding within the EU. Turhan’s presentation was streamed live and could be watched here.
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan participated in the Annual Conference of the Jean Monnet Network Viaduct on 20-21 March 2019 at the Istanbul Policy Center in Istanbul. During the conference Turhan chaired a working group on “Teaching EU-Turkey Relations”, where next pressing questions, topics and methods in teaching and research on EU-Turkey relations were discussed.
Between 18-20 November 2018, a study visit to Ankara was realized within the framework of INSITER Jean Monnet Module. The INSITER delegation consisting of INSITER coordinator Ebru Turhan, INSITER senior staff member Atila Eralp, INSITER research assistant Çiğdem Çelik and 21 BA and MA students held talks with Faruk Kaymakçı, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs & Director for EU Affairs, German Ambassador Martin Erdmann and Julian Vassallo, Political Counsellor at the Delegation of the EU to Turkey. The delegation also participated in a roundtable organized at TOBB ETU on Turkey’s place in the debates on the future of Europe. The talks mainly focused on the current status quo in EU-Turkey dialogue, Turkey’s EU accession process, German-Turkish political, economic and social relations, the Brexit process and the 2019 European Parliament elections.
On 19 June 2018 INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan hold a guest lecture titled “EU-Turkey Relations: State of Play, Future Prospects and Germany’s Role” at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) with the participation of more than 100 students. The interactive lecture that took more than two hours was convened and moderated by Prof. Dr. Johannes Varwick.
On February 7, 2018, 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’) last year in the framework of the INSITER project. The seminar is conducted by the INSITER coordinator Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan and will take place every Wednesday afternoon. The full seminar syllabus can be found here.
On June 15 and 16, 2017, as an integral part of the study trip week in Brussels, the INSITER students participated in an international simulation exercise with students from Cologne, Paris and Prague. The overarching idea of the exercise was to discuss different forms of partnership between the EU and third states in the form of a two day Moot Court of the European Court of Justice that focused on Alternative Partnership Agreements.
Students had started to prepare for the simulation exercise in April already in interdisciplinary and international teams in order to defend their position at the Moot Court. The best teams received an award for their performance.
The final judgement of the simulation exercise’s judges can be found here.
On May 24, 2017, the last 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; classes had started on February 15. The seminar was conducted by the INSITER co-coordinators Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan and Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners and will be concluded with the submission of the students’ seminar papers by May 28.
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.
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 co-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.