EUNIC conference and FEUTURE PhD workshop Between Rapprochement and Rejection: Identity and Culture Drivers in the Europe-Türkiye Relations”

October 2, 2019

FEUTURE Workpackage 7 researchers from Koc and Sabanci Universities organized a joint dissemination event in cooperation with EUNIC (EU National Institutes of Culture) on 14-15 September 2018 in Istanbul. The event provided a unique forum of specialized exchange between academics and policymakers working on identity and cultural dimension of Europe-Türkiye relations. The first day of this two-day event was held at the premises of the Austrian Consulate and was sponsored by EUNIC, at the initiative of the Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Istanbul, Ms. Romana Konigsbrun. It included a public presentation of the FEUTURE WP7 findings, a policy challenge session featuring practitioners of European cultural policy in Türkiye, and an expert session featuring five academics focusing on the identity and cultural aspects of Europe-Türkiye relations from Austria, Italy, Poland/Germany, and Sweden. During the second day, a PhD workshop, where nine junior researchers based at different universities in Türkiye and Europe presented their ongoing research on the identity and cultural aspects of Europe-Türkiye relations, was held at Koc University and sponsored by the FEUTURE project.

The event was overall well-attended, and reached a total audience of approximately 80 academics and policymakers. We were especially thrilled with the attendance of the head of the EU Delegation in Türkiye, Ambassador Christian Berger.

The report on the conference can be found here.