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Symposium on Turkey

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START DATE 10 October 2014
START TIME 09:30am

Barnet Town Hall, Committee Room 3

END DATE 10 October 2014
END TIME 05:00pm

The Centre for Ideas (Cfi) is hosting a one-day conference to showcase research projects on Turkey, and collaborations with colleagues based in Turkey and the Turkish community in London.

Sessions will focus on a range of topics including Geopolitics of Turkey; Istanbul/Ankara/Izmir: Space and Place in the Turkish City; Negotiating the Ottoman Heritage and an open session presenting the University's collaborations and partnerships with institution in Turkey. There will also be plenty of opportunity for discussion and networking.

The full draft programme and registration can be found below. Places are limited at this free event to a first come first served basis.

Cfi, is a forward-looking 'virtual research institute' set up by Middlesex University to promote discussion and collaboration between its internationally recognised scholars and leading public intellectuals, relevant professionals and policy-makers.

Below is a draft programme for the day:

09:30 - 10:00 

Registrations and Refreshments

10:00 - 10:15 

Welcome and Introduction 

10:15 - 11:15 

  • Negotiating the Ottoman Heritage - Convened by Emma Dick
  • Emma Dick - 'Refashioning the Ottomans: Embodying the Golden Age through textiles and dress.'
  • Bharain Mac An Bhreithiún-Bertapelli- 'Negotiating the Ottoman Heritage in the Balkan City - practices of place and street culture in Sarajevo and Bucharest.'
  • Mike Smith - 'The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors' (BBC, 2013)

11:15 - 12:15 

The Geopolitical Turn in Turkish Foreign Policy: From Westernization to Grand Strategy
Convened by Tunc Aybak

Topic: 'What is new in Turkey's new geopolitics?'

Speaker: Professor Bulent Gokay, Head of the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy from Keele University

12:15 - 12:30 


12:30 - 13:30 

Space & Place in the Turkish Metropolis - Convened by Graeme Evans and Ozlem Edizel

The main theme discussed will be the urbanisation/growth (population, land use, culture, industry etc.) of Istanbul

This session also includes a screening of a new work by Ergin Cavusoglu featured in the 4th International Canakkale Biennial has its conceptual framework structured upon '1914-1918 - The Centenary of World War 1'.

13:30 - 14:30 

Networking Lunch

14:30 - 16:30 

Dialogues Middlesex and Turkey - Convened by Fiona Belton

A series of presentations about collaborations and partnerships between the university and external bodies:

Topics include:

  • Maggie Butt - Academic Partnerships
  • Peter Ryan - a blended learning approach to community mental health care in Turkey
  • Mehmet Ali Dikerdem – 'Keep on going' – Past & Present Partnerships
  • Kelami Dedezade - Turkish Supplementary Schools in the UK

16:30 – 17:00 

Networking, Refreshments and Close

To book your place simply register at

For further information please contact Mita Vaghji (Event Coordinator Cfi & RKTO), T: 0208 411 6664 E:

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