Past Events

Summer Term Events 2012

Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Public Lecture

Kudret Ozersay (Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus, and Special Representative of the Turkish Cypriot Leader, Dr. Dervis Eroglu)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Cyprus Talks: Exhausted? Time for Change"


Thursday, 3 May 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, COW1.11, Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Bulent Aras (Professor, Chairperson of the Strategic Research Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, and also academic advisor to the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Turkey and the Arab Spring"


Wednesday, 16 May 2012, 6:00- 8:00pm, COW1.11, Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Panel Discussion (jointly with LSE Hellenic Observatory, and ENGI (Services for Conflict Management)

"Cyprus - Tired of Talking? Civil Society to Bring Life to a Stagnant Process"

Speakers: Michalis Avraam (NGO Support Centre-Cyprus), Katerina Antoniou (Youth Power-Cyprus), Marios Epaminondas (AHDR-Association for Historical Dialogue & Research-Cyprus), Bulent Kanol (Management Centre-Cyprus), Meliha Kaymak (EDGE-Cyprus), Alexandros Lordos (Cyprus 2015), Rana Zincir (UN Gender Advisory Team in Cyprus and AHDR).
Chair: Dr. James Ker-Lindsay (LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe, LSE)


Wednesday, 6 June 2012, 6:00- 8:00pm, COW1.11, Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House, LSE

The Award Ceremony for the Doctoral Thesis Competition (organized by LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies)

Panel Presentations by the First and Second Place Winners:

First Place Winners: Dr. Ipek Gocmen, Faculty of Management/ Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne, “The Politics of Religiously Motivated Welfare Provision” and Dr. Fatma Ozlem Koksal, Birkbeck College, University of London, “Remembering the Past Performing the Present: Turkey in Film”.

Second Place Winners: Dr. Derya Bayir, School of Law/Queen Mary University of London, “Negating Diversity: Minorities and Nationalism in Turkish Law” and Dr. Markus Ketola, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, “Europeanization and Civil Society: The Early Impact of EU Pre-Accession Policies on Turkish NGOs”.

The Jury Committee: Professor Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS), Dr. Hakan Seckinelgin (LSE)  and Professor Sevket Pamuk (LSE).


Lent Term Events 2012

Monday, 23 January 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, COW1.11,  Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Mr. David Gardner (International Affairs Editor with the Financial Times)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Turkey and the new Arab Awakening"


Monday, 30 January 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, COW1.11,  Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Dr. İpek Demir (Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Turkishness and its 'Others'"


Monday, 6 February 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, COW1.11,  Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Speakers: Saniye Dedeoğlu (Assistant Professor at Muğla University, Turkey and Marie Curie Research Fellow at Warwick University, UK), Adem Yavuz Elveren (Assistant Professor,  Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University, Turkey)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Gender and Society in Turkey: The Impact of Neoliberal Policies, Political Islam and EU Accession"


Monday, 13 February 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, COW1.11,  Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

M. Asım Karaömerlioğlu (Associate Professor, The Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Boğaziçi University, İstanbul)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"The Rise and Decline of Population Politics in Turkey"


Monday, 20 February 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, COW1.11,  Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Dr. Başak Çalı (Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University College London)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Turkey and the European Court of Human Rights: Why We Need Human Rights Courts and Why do They Fail?"


Monday, 27 February 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm, COW1.11,  Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

İnsan Tunalı (Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Koç University, İstanbul)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Turkey's Agricultural Transformation: Is a Reversal in the Making?"


Tuesday, 28 February 2012, 6:30-8:00 pm, Wolfson Theatre,New Academic Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with Forum for European Philosophy)

"European Questions-Turkish Angles: Europe's Unemployment"

Speakers: Sean Sayers (Professor of Philosophy, University of Kent), Marco Simoni (Lecturer in European Political Economy, European Institute, LSE), İnsan Tunalı (Associate Professor of Economics, Koç University, Istanbul)

Chair: Simon Glendinning (Reader in European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE


Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 4:00-6:00 pm, U8, Tower1, Portugal Street, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Public Lecture

Mr. Egemen Bağış (Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Creating a Common Future Together: Towards a Visionary Europe"


Wednesday,  21 March 2012, 5:30-7:00 pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre,  School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with School of Oriental and African Studies)

"Anthropology, History and Linguistics: Ataturk and the New Turkish Nationalism, 1922-1938"

Speaker: Şükrü Hanioğlu (Professor, Near Eastern Studies Department, Princeton University)
Chair:  Dr. Benjamin Fortna (Professor in the History of Middle East, SOAS)


Michaelmas Term Events 2011

Wednesday, 19 October 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm, D302, Clement House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with LSE Middle East Centre)

Sami Zubaida, (Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Can Turkey Be a Model for the Arab World?"


Monday, 24 October 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm, Wolfson Theatre,New Academic Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with Forum for European Philosophy)

"European Questions-Turkish Angles: Europe's Banking System"

Speakers: Philip Goodchild (Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham), Şevket Pamuk (Professor of Economics and Economic History, European Institute, LSE), Waltraud Schelkle (Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, European Institute, LSE and Adjunct Professor, Economics Department, Free University of Berlin)
Chair: Simon Glendinning (Reader in European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE)


Thursday, 27 October 2011, 6:30-8:15 pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with School of Oriental and African Studies, and New Perspectives on Turkey)

"Turkey's Experience with Neoliberal Policies since 1980"

Speakers: Asaf Savaş Akat (Professor of Economics, Istanbul Bilgi University), ikret Şenses (Professor of Economics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara)

Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk (LSE)


Friday, 28 October 2011, 9:30am-6:10 pm, Graham Wallis Room (5th Floor), Old Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies One Day Conference (jointly with New Perspectives on Turkey)

"Turkey's Experience with Neoliberal Policies since 1980"

Speakers: Professor İzak Atiyas (Sabancı University, Istanbul), Dr. Kurtuluş Gemici (National University of  Singapore), Professor Çağlar Keyder (Boğaziçi University and University of Binghamton), Professor Dani Rodrik (Harvard University), Professor Erol Taymaz (Middle East Technical University, Ankara), Assoc. Prof. Ebru Voyvoda (Middle East Technical University, Ankara), Assoc. Prof. Zafer Yenal (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul), Assoc. Prof. Hatice Deniz Yükseker (Koç University, Istanbul)

Panel Moderators: Assoc. Prof. Ayfer Bartu Candan (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and  New Perspectives on Turkey), Assoc. Prof. Biray Kolluoğlu (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul  and  New Perspectives on Turkey), Professor Şevket Pamuk (LSE)

Conference Programme|


Monday, 14 November 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm, Wolfson Theatre,New Academic Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with Forum for European Philosophy)

"European Questions-Turkish Angles: Europe's Nation States"

Speakers: John Breuilly  (Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity, Government Department, LSE), Sir Francis Jacobs (Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Professor, King's College London), Umut Özkırımlı (Visiting Professor, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University)
Chair: Simon Glendinning (Reader in European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE)


Thursday, 17 November 2011, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room U8, Tower1, Portugal Street, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference

"Turkey's New Constitution"

Speakers: James Dingemans Q.C. (Barrister (3 Hare Court Chambers) & Deputy High Court Judge), Levent Gönenç (Associate Professor of Law, Ankara University, Ankara), Levent Köker (Professor of Law, Atılım University, Ankara)
Chair: Can Yeğinsu (Barrister, 4 New Square Chambers, and Director of The Global Rule of Law Forum)


Monday, 5 December 2011, 6:00-7:45 pm, COW.1.11, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Gül Berna Özcan (Reader in International Business and Entrepreneurship, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Economic Liberalisation, Class Dynamics and New Business Groups in Turkey"


Summer Term Events 2011

Wednesday, 4 May 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with European Institute, LSE)

Norman Stone (Professor, Department of International Relations, Bilkent University, Ankara) (formerly Professor at the University of Oxford, a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and Advisor to Margaret Thatcher)
Chair: Mr. Maurice Fraser (Senior Fellow, European Institute, LSE)
'Turkey and Europe' (a part of APCO Worldwide Perspectives on Europe Series)


Friday, 6 May 2011, 9am-6pm, New Academic Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies

3rd Annual Doctoral Dissertation Conference

Chairs: Professor Şevket Pamuk (LSE), Emeritus Professor Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS) 

Conference Programme|


Friday, 13 May 2011, 2pm, Rectorate Hall, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with New Perspectives on Turkey)

'Urban Classes and Politics in the Neoliberal Era'

Speakers and Titles: Neil Smith (Program in Anthropology, Program in Geography, CUNY Graduate Center) "Neoliberal Urbanism and Global Class Strategy"

Teresa Caldeira (College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley) "Peripheries: Spaces in the Making"

Discussant: Ayse Öncü (Cultural Studies Program, Sabanci University, Istanbul) Sponsored by: Turkish Economy Bank (TEB)

Conference Programme|


Wednesday, 15 June 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with LSE IDEAS)

'Turkey in the World'

Speakers: Michael Cox (Co-director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations at LSE), Fadi Hakura (Manager of the Turkey Project at the Chatham House), Şevket Pamuk   (Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, LSE, and Professor of Economics and Economic History)


Lent Term Events 2011

Monday, 24 January 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with Forum for European Philosophy)

European Questions - Turkish Angles: Europe's Secularity

Speakers: Hakan Yilmaz (Professor of Political Science, Bogazici University, Istanbul), Philippe Marliere (Professor in French and European Politics, UCL, London), John Madeley (Tutor, Department of Government, LSE)

Chair: Simon Glendining (Reader in European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE)


Monday, 14 February 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Bill Park (Senior Lecturer, Department of Defence Studies, King's College, London)
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk
'Kurdish Developments and Turkish Policies: Taking Risks or Facing Realities?


Friday, 18 February 2011, 4:30-6 pm, D402, Fourth Floor, Clement House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Public Lecture

Mevlut Cavusoglu, (President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk
'The Council of Europe and the Role of its Parliamentary Assembly in International Politics'


Friday, 18 February 2011, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Public Lecture (jointly with Forum for European Philosophy)

Elif Shafak, (Award-Winning Turkish Writer, and Assistant Professor of Political Science)
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk
'Writing Across Borders: Empathy in the Age of Conflict'


Monday, 21 February 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Ersin Kalaycioglu (Professor of Political Science, Sabanci University, Istanbul)
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk
'How the Turkish Voter Decides'


Thursday, 24 February 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm, Brunei Suite, Brunei Gallery, SOAS

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with SOAS)

Resat Kasaba (Professor, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington)
Chair: Dr. Benjamin Fortna
'From Moveable Empire to Immovable State:  Ottoman Policies Toward Nomads and Refugees in the Modern Era' 


Tuesday, 1 March 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm, LSE (venue will be announced to ticketholders)

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Public Lecture

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Chairperson of Republican People's Party (CHP) (main opposition party in Turkey), and a member of Turkish Parliament
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'The Impact of Politics on Economy in Turkey'


Monday, 7 March 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Aysen Candas (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University, Istanbul)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Inequalities in Turkey: Multi-dimensional and Entrenched'


 Monday, 14 March 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Bill Kissane (Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, LSE)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Democratization in Turkey: the Wave Approach'


Tuesday, 15 March 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with Research on South Eastern Europe (LSEE)

Othon Anastasakis (Research Fellow, St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'AKP Foreign Policy in South Eastern Europe: A Regional Check for Turkey's Strategic Depth'


Michaelmas Term Events 2010

Monday, 18 October 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Tim Jacoby (Senior Lecturer, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester)
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk
'Kurdish Political Representation, Constitutional Reform and the Military in Turkey'


Friday, 22 October 2010, 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Rectorate Hall, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies One Day Conference (jointly with New Perspectives on Turkey)

“Urban Classes and Politics in the Neoliberal Era: Turkey in Comparison”

Sponsored by: Turkish Economy Bank (TEB)

Conference Programme|


Monday, 25 October 2010, 6:30-8:00 pm, Wolfson Theatre,New Academic Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with Forum for European Philosophy)

“European Questions-Turkish Angles: Europe’s History”

Speakers: Peter Osborne (Professor of Modern European philosophy, Kingston University, London), Şevket Pamuk (Professor of Economics and Economic History, European Institute, LSE), Donald Sassoon (Professor of Comparative European History, Queen Mary, London)

Chair: Simon Glendining (Reader in European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE)


Monday, 1 November 2010, 6:30-8:00 pm, Wolfson Theatre,New Academic Building, LSE LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with Forum for European Philosophy)

“European Questions-Turkish Angles: Citizenship in Europe”

Speakers: Richard Bellamy (Professor of Political Science, UCL, London), Thomas Diez (Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Tubingen), Maurice Fraser (Senior Fellow, European Institute, LSE)

Chair: Simon Glendining (Reader in European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE)


Monday, 8 November 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Ayşe Gül Altınay (Assistant Professor, Sabancı University, Istanbul)
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk
'Layers of Gendered Silencing: Converted Armenian Survivors of 1915'


Monday, 15 November 2010, 5:30-7:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Dirk Verbeken (Senior Economist, European Commission, Brussels)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'The EU and Turkey, Challenges and Opportunities in the Economic and Financial Fields''


Monday, 22 November 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Özlem Onaran (Lecturer, Department of Economics and Statistics, Middlesex University)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Turkey's Boom and Bust Cycles amidst the Global Crisis'


Monday, 29 November 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Hugh Pope (Director, Turkey/Cyprus Project, International Crisis Group)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'The EU, Turkey and Cyprus: Time for a New Approach?'


Thursday, 2 December 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, Wolfson Theatre, LG01 New Academic Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with SOAS)

Binnaz Toprak (Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bahçeşehir University)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Islam and Democracy in Turkey'


Monday, 6 December 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Bengisu Rona (Emeritus Reader in Turkish Studies, SOAS)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'The Politics of Naming: First Name Selection in Turkey'


Lent Term Events 2010

Monday, 25 January 2010, 6:00-8:00p m, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Ayşe Kadıoğlu (Professor, Sabancı University, visiting at University of Oxford)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Laicism in Turkey: From Empire to Republic'


Monday, 1 February 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Asaf Savaş Akat (Professor, Department of Economics, Istanbul Bilgi University)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Global Crisis and the Turkish Economy'


Tuesday, 9 February 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, D602, Clement House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference

Fikret Adaman (Professor, Department of Economics, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Environmentalism in Turkey: Revisiting the State Theory'


Monday, 15 February 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, 116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Deniz Kandiyoti (Professor, Department of Development Studies, SOAS)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Secularism Contested: Debate and Dissent in Turkey'


Monday, 1 March 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Sedat Ergin (Columnist for the daily Hürriyet, former Editor in Chief of daily Milliyet)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Democracy in Paradox: How to Make Sense of Recent Political Changes in Turkey'


Tuesday, 9 March 2010, 6:30-8:30 pm, D602, Clement House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with LSESU Turkish Society)

Andrew Mango (Author and Lecturer, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Can One Speak of Turkish Exceptionalism?"


Thursday, 11 March 2009, 5:30-7:30, Brunei Suite, Brunei Gallery, SOAS

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with SOAS)

François Georgeon (Professor, CNRS, Paris)
Chair: Dr. Benjamin Fortna
'Time, State and Society in the late Ottoman Empire and Kemalist Turkey


Monday, 15 March 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

David Shankland (Professor, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'The Alevi-Bektashi Problem Revisited' 


Michaelmas Term Events 2009

Thursday, 17 September 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference

Ali Babacan (Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy)
Chair: Howard Davies (Director of LSE)
'Turkey's Economy and the Global Economic Crisis'


Monday, 19 October 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Armine Ishkanian (Lecturer at the Department of Social Policy, LSE)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Civil Society and Turkish Armenian Relations Since 2000


Monday, 26 October 2009, 6:00-8:00pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Atila Eralp (Professor, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Lost Time in Turkey-EU Relationship'


Monday, 2 November 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Gülnur Aybet (Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, University of Kent)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Turkish Foreign Policy Between Two Security Communities and the Realpolitik of Energy'


Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, D502, Clement House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with SOAS)

Jenny White (Assoc. Professor,  Department of Anthropology, Boston University)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Fear and Loathing in the Turkish National Imagination'


Monday, 16 November 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Martin Stokes (Lecturer at the St. John's College, University of Oxford)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy and Turkish Music'


Monday, 30 November 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Thomas Marois (Lecturer at the Department of Development Studies, SOAS)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Turkey and World Financial Crisis: Why Haven't the Banks Collapsed?'


Friday, 4 December 2009, 09:30am-6:00 pm, D602-D402, Clement House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies One Day Conference (jointly with Global Political Trends Centre)

'Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy'

Conference Programme (PDF)|


Monday, 7 December 2009, 6:30-8:00 pm,  Sheik Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference

Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat (Turkish Cypriot Leader)
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk
'Cyprus: The Settlement Process'


Summer Term Events 2009

Friday 17 April 2009, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Rectorate Hall,Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies One Day Conference (jointly with Centre for European Studies, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)

'The Meaning of Europe and Challenges of the Economic Crisis'

Istanbul Conference Programme|


Friday 1 May 2009, 9:30 am – 5:45 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies

2nd Annual Doctoral Dissertation Conference

2nd Doctoral Dissertation Conference Programme|


Wednesday 6 May 2009, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference

Egemen Bağış (Turkey's Minister of State and Chief Negotiator for EU)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Turkey's EU Accession Process'


Tuesday 19 May 2009,10:30 am – 12.30 pm, The Maelbeek Room, IPC – Residence

Palace,155, Rue de la Loi, Brussels

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference (jointly with TR PLUS - Centre For Turkey in Europe)

Speakers: Sevket Pamuk (Professor of Ecoomics and Economic History, European Institute, LSE), Binnaz Toprak (Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul)
'Debating Turkey in Europe:Economic Prospects and Cultural Challenges'


Lent Term Events 2009

Monday 19 January 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Yael Navaro-Yashin (Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'The Materiality of Sovereignty: the Re-Mapping of Place Names in Northern Cyprus'


Monday 26 January 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Kerem Öktem (Senior Associate Member, St Antony's College, University of Oxford) (CANCELLED)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Political Islam and Heterodoxy: The AKP, the Alevis and the Limits of Tolerance'


Monday 9 February 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Yılmaz  Esmer (Professor, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'European Cultural Diversity and Turkey: An Outlier or a Complement?'


Friday 27 February 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars (jointly with SOAS)

Erik-Jan Zürcher (Professor, International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam)
Chair: Dr. Benjamin Fortna
'Atatürk's Young Turk Years (1906 - 1919)'


Monday 2 March 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Ahmet İçduygu (Professor, Koc University, Istanbul)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'The Demography of Turkey's Kurds: Implications for an Ethnic Conflict'


Monday 9 March 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Mehmet Öğütçü (Senior Corporate Staff, British Gas Group)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Energy and Geopolitics: How should Turkey Position Itself'


Thursday 12 March 2009, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Swedish Parliament, Stockholm, Sweden

Organized by:The Swedish Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Şevket Pamuk (Professor of Economics and Economic History, European Institute, LSE)
'Turkey-EU Relations at a Critical Juncture'  


Saturday 4 April 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Levine Institute, New York City, USA

Organized by: Turkish American Society and LSE Alumni Club of New York

Şevket Pamuk (Professor of Economics and Economic History, European Institute, LSE)
'Turkey-EU Relations'


Michaelmas Term Events 2008

Monday 20 October 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Katerina Dalacoura (Lecturer, Department of International Relations, LSE)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'The Ideological Evolution of the AKP: the Impact of Political Inclusion and the  Experience of Government'


Tuesday 21 October 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, NAB206, New Academic Building, LSE

Organized by: Anglo-Turkish Society

Şevket Pamuk (Professor of Economics and Economic History, European Institute, LSE)
'History of Money, Inflation and  Finance in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey'


Monday 3 November 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Benjamin Fortna (Lecturer, SOAS)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Reading and Commodification in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic'


Monday 10 November 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Oktay Yenal (formerly of the World Bank and Boğaziçi University, İstanbul)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Turkish Economy Facing Another Crisis'


Monday 17 November 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Şahin Alpay (Senior Lecturer, Bahcesehir University)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Two Faces of Democracy in Turkey'


Thursday 20 November 2008, 12:30 - 2:30 pm, Dublin, Ireland

Organized by: Institute for International and European Affairs

Şevket Pamuk (Professor of Economics and Economic History, European Institute, LSE)
'Turkey-EU Relations'


Friday 28 November 2008, NAB204, New Academic Building

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies One Day Conference (jointly with Global Political Trends Centre)

'State, Society and Democracy in Turkey in the Era of Globalisation since 1980'

Conference Programme (PDF)| 


Monday 8 December 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, NAB104, New Academic Building

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies / Modern Turkish Studies SOAS

Caglar Keyder (Professor, Binghamton University and Bogazici University)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
'Capital City Resurgent: Istanbul since the 1980s'


Lent Term Events 2008

Monday 14 January 2008, 6:00 - 8:00p m, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Dr. Kirsty Hughes (Visiting Fellow, European Institute, LSE)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Turkey-EU Relations in the Doldrums?"


Monday 11 February 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Philip Robins (Lecturer, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Straddling Regional Sub-Systems: Turkey and its Kind"


Monday 18 February 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Thomas Diez (Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"On the Ethical Implications of EU – Turkey Relations"


Wednesday 20 February 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Vera Anstey Room, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Richard Rose (Professor, Director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy, University of Aberdeen
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk
"Applying EU Criteria of Democratic Governance to Turkey: A bottom up Approach"


Monday 25 February 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Nathalie Tocci (Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Conditionality, Impact and Prejudice in EU-Turkey Relations"


Monday 3 March 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Ann Dismorr (The Swedish Ambassador in Turkey from 2001–5)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Turkey's Bumpy Road towards the European Union"


Monday 19 May 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, J116, Cowdray House, LSE

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminars

Mine Eder (Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University, Istanbul)
Chair: Professor Şevket Pamuk
"Political Economy of the Rise of AKP: Democrats or Islamic populists?"

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