Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey


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Conference on Subcontracted Employment in Germany and Turkey

The turkish parliament just submitted a new draft law on subcontracted employment. To gain a better understanding of the implied changes, members of the turkish trade union Birleşik-Metal-Iş met with academics, journalists and members of the parliament in Istanbul on the 17th of May 2016. The guest speaker Dr. Jürgen Ulber, who is working as a lawyer for the head quarter of the german trade union IG Metall, informed about the legislation regarding subcontracted employment and the situation of subcontracted employees in Germany. After the lecture the participiants engaged in a lively discussion about problems of subcontracted employment and the question, how trade unions and politicans can react to the planned changes and support the rights of subcontracted employees. 

Conference: War and Migration in the cross-border region

On the 30th April 2016 the conference “War and Migration in the cross-border region” took place in Gaziantep. The conference, in which several members of turkish, syrian and other international NGOs took part, was organized in cooperation with our partner organization Kırkayak Kültür. The participants debated about the current migration movements at the border. Gaziantep as a city plays an important role due to its cross-border location and its shelter function for many refugees. During the conference challenges and possible solutions for the problems faced in the daily work of the aid organizations were discussed, and the organizations had the chance to build networks. After the conference five different working teams for the issues education, women, media, children and health were founded to further enhance and develop the cooperation between the NGOs.

 

Conference: "Political Financing and Transparency in Turkey"

Transparency International organizes in collaboration with GONG Croatia and Transparency International Bulgaria and with the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey Office a conference, where “Transparency in Politics” will be discussed as well as “Political Financing and Transparency in Turkey” presented by Prof. Dr. Ömer Faruk Gençkaya. The “Transparency Policy Report” will be presented at the conference.

The conference will be held on December 17th at 09:30-13:30 h at the HiltonSA Ankara Hotel. Please find the conference program and the website of the “Transparency in Politics”-campaign at the highlighted links. Turkish-English simultaneous translation will be provided during the conference. 

For participation please contact  d.oguz@seffaflik.org or  0212 240 52 81.

 

 

 


International Conference: "A Civilization Destroyed: The Wealth of Non-Muslims in the Late Ottoman Period and the Early Republican Era"

Hrant Dink Foundation organizes in collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University, Boğaziçi University History Department and Sabancı University as well as with the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey Office an international conference, where socio-economic transformation processes and policies targeting the non-Muslims during the late Ottoman and early Republican Era will be studied from  interdisciplinary perspective. 

The conference will be held on November 20-21 (Friday-Saturday) at the Albert Long Hall at the Southern Campus of Boğaziçi University. 

Please find the conference program and introductory information at the highlighted links. Turkish-English simultaneous translation will be provided during the conference.

The conference will be broadcasted live on the Hrant Dink Foundation website: www.hrantdink.org. The conference proceedings will be published later on by the Hrant Dink Foundation Publications. 


 

International Conference: "A New Middle East: Persistent Authoritarianism(s) or Prospects for Democratization?"

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey Office organizes in cooperation with the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Marmara University an international conference where the recent sociopolitical developments in the Middle East region and in Turkey would be discussed. The conference will be held on November 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) at Istanbul Martı Hotel at Taksim.

The conference inputs and discussions will be held only in English.  Please find the conference program, short-bios of the speakers and abstracts at the highlighted links.

Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Please send an e-mail to anewmiddleeastconference@gmail.com for registration and let us know, on which day (or two days) you would participate.


 

 

Conference on Knowledge and Politics in Gender and Women's Studies

As it was an international conference with contributions from almost 30 countries, ties could not only be strengthened within the Turkish community, but also internationally. Scheduled were speakers from Turkey as well as from Bangladesh, India, USA, Jemen, Chile, Russia, Kamerun, Japan, Nigeria, Kanada, Taiwan and Pakistan and 16 European countries.

The conference started on Friday 9th of October 2015 with great enthusiasm by the participants and fruitful discussions. On Saturday though, the conference had to be cancelled, as is explained in a statement by the participants:

Due to the vicious bomb attacks on the Peace Rally [in Ankara] that resulted in many deaths and casualties, we have regretfully decided to cancel the remainder of the conference program. We reject and resist those accelerated forces of lawlessness, impunity and provocation that attempt to repress our struggle for peace, equality and dialogue in our troubled geography. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their lives and who have been wounded as well as their families in this hour of grief. Although we have abruptly cancelled our conference that we organised with great dedication, we will continue to resolutely stand for democracy, peace, justice and equality for all.

Click here for the complete report.

 

International Conference: "Knowledge and Politics in Gender and Women's Studies"

Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) and Middle East Technical University (METU) invites to the International Conference on "Knowledge and Politics in Gender and Women's Studies". The conference is organized by the Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Program to celebrate their 20th anniversary and will take place on October 9-11 at the METU Culture and Congress Center. Click here for more information.


 

1925-2015 - The FES at 90 

On 2 March the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung celebrated its 90th birthday. Watch the birthday video here.

 

 

 

 Who, what, why are we voting for?

As part of a joint series of events FES, TÜSES, SODEV and KÜYEREL decided to put electoral behavior in the center of their last meeting on 2 May 2015. Prof. Dr. Ersin Kalaycıoğlu from Bahçeşehir University and Bekir Ağırdır, General Manager of KONDA, talked about how and according to which criteria vorters define their preferences.

Click here for the programme.

 

Safak Pavey on violations against women

Şafak Pavey, a human rights activist and member of Turkey's parliament from CHP, referred herself to the topic ‘violence against women in Turkey’ by a video statement. Here her statement is to be found on English.

 
 

‘The Crisis in Ukraine and Its Implications on Turkey’

The Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation has organised in cooperation with the Yaşar University the Mediterranean Research Institute (Akdeniz Araştırma Merkezi) on the 20th of April in Izmir a Panel with the title ‘The Crisis in Ukraine and Its Implications on Turkey’. The speakers of the panel were Eka Tkeshelashvili (former Georgian minister of foreign affairs and chairperson of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies), Maryna Vorotnyuk (senior researcher of the National Institute for Strategic Studies in Ukraine), Sergey Utkin (head  of the Department for Strategic Assessment at the Centre for Situation Analysis at the Russian Academy of Sciences) and Alev Kılıç (former ambassador and chairperson of the Centre for Eurasia Studies (AVIM). Click here for the programme.

 

 

!CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!

Who calls? RNHDP ≙ Regional Network for Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past 
When? June 8-17, 2015 
Why? To hone practical and conceptual skills to develop a deeper understanding of dealing with the past, and to get in touch with peers and international and non-profit organizations
For Whom? For civil society professionals working in the MENA and Caucasus
What else? The program will cover some costs (including accomodation and airtransport and more)
Which themes? to name several of them: Historical & Truth commissions, Historical Dialogue: Truth, Narrative, Evidence, Comparative Issues for Civil Societies in MENA and Caucasus Region, ... and much more.
Please check the link below to get more information and keep the the deadline for application (April 13th) in mind!

http://dealingwiththepast.org/…/2015-training-program-appl…/ 

 

"Talking to Terrorists" - How to End Armed Conflict? 

On April 2nd, Jonathan Powell who was chief British negotiater on Northern Ireland and the journalist Cengiz Candar will discuss within the framework "Talking to Terrorists - How to End Armed Conflict?" (Powell 2014) the matter on the solution process.

The debate will be taking place at Taksim Martı Hotel and is open to all interested. Moreovere, there will be simultaneous interpretations into Turkish and English.

 

 

90th Anniversary of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation

On March 2nd, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, celebrated its 90th anniversary in Berlin. It is the eldest German political foundation and emerged in 1925 after the bitter realization of Friedrich Ebert, President of the first German republic, that convincing the majority of citizens of the values of democracy in the Weimar Era had not been successful. “Democracy needs democrats”—this political legacy of Friedrich Ebert determines the work of the FES up to this day. 

During the ceremony, Federal President Joachim Gauck paid tribute to the work of all political foundations in Germany, especially to FES. He stressed that it has become an “internationally respected institution” through its international cooperation with partners in many countries around the world.  

Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former President of Poland, particularly emphasized the importance of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in the transformation process of Central and Eastern European countries. He encouraged it to follow this way in the future to strengthen democratic ideas, especially within the young population of transforming countries.

 

Release of Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

As a launch partner of the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, we would like to share the same with you. The report was released in different events by 81 organizations in 62 cities in 51 countries worldwide. Please look at the press release for further details.

You can also watch a short introduction by Dr. James McGann from The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania-

The Go To Think Tank Index aims to increase the profile, performance and impact of think tanks, and to create a transnational and interdisciplinary network of centers of public policy excellence. 

We are happy to note that the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung ranks No. 12 of the Top Think Tanks (Non U.S.) in the World. A total of 6,618 Think Tanks have been surveyed. The top ranking Think Tank of Turkey is the “Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation” (TESEV) ranked No. 42 (Non U.S.).

 

IG Metall passes a resolution in favour of a free and social-minded society that is open to the world

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, the board of the IG Metall adopted the resolution "In favour of a free and social-minded society that is open to the world", which we would like to share. We uploaded the text in english, german and turkish.

 

 

Research: Voting behaviour of Euro-Turks in Turkey’s Presidential Election of 2014

Together with a team of researchers of Boğaziçi University, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Turkey Office presented a study on the Voting behaviour of Euro-Turks in Turkey’s Presidential Elections of 2014. The study was conducted under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Nermin Abadan-Unat. It examines the election process and the voting turnout of Euro-Turks during Turkey’s Presidential Elections of 2014. Focusing on Germany, the research’s aim is to understand the voting behaviour of Turks living abroad. The study provides an insight into cultural, educational, religious and gender differences among the voters and presents explanations for turnout rates and party affiliations. Please find the research findings here in English and Turkish


Global Think Tank Summit Geneva

Leading Think Tanks from all over the world participated in the “Global Think Tank Summit 2014” that took place from the 4th to 6th December 2014 Geneva. Please find details in the program or on the website of the conference.

The conference was directly followed by a planning meeting of Think Tanks from the Middle East and Northern Africa hosted by FES and the University of Pennsylvania. The meeting was aimed at better regional networks and to respond to the diverse challenges together. In 2015 a regional summit meeting will take place in Turkey. 


Partner Publication: Surplus of İstanbul

The compilation book “Surplus of İstanbul” as being the result of a one-year-long video study of Artıkişler Collective on waste collectors and recyclers mainly in Beyoğlu and Ümraniye, will be presented on 29 November 2014 18:30 at Otonom Yayıncılık.

The book encapsulates Artıkişler Collective’s observations, experiences and reflections on themes such as waste, garbage, city, labor and video; as well as texts discussing ethnicity, video presentation, identity of the researcher, urban surplus, urban transformation in diverse contexts.
Language: Turkish and English
Autors: İrfan Aktan, Ali Saltan, Oktay Ince, Ezgi Koman, Ulus Baker, David Harvey, Yaşar Çabuklu, Sibel Yardımcı, Pelin Tan, Artıkişler Kolektifi

The event will be held in Turkish

Otonom Yayıncılık
Firuzağa Mah. Çukurcuma Cad. Yazıcı Çıkmazı No:2 Beyoğlu, İstanbul
(Masumiyet Müzesi yanı)

Date: 29 Kasım Cumartesi, 18.30

Further information: http://istanbulunartigi.tumblr.com/     http://artikisler.net/


Media Barometer Turkey 

FES presented the first „Media Barometer Turkey“ on 25 November 2014 in Istanbul. The Media Barometers are home-grown analyses to gauge the status of freedom of expression and of the media in various countries. Please find the 2014 Turkey report here in Turkish and English.


Press Conference: Media Barometer: A Home Grown Analysis of the Media Landscape in Turkey

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Turkey Office is honoured to present the first „Media Barometer Turkey“ on 25 November 2014 from 11:00 - 12:30 at Cezayir Restaurant (Hayriye Caddesi 12, Galatasaray, Beyoğlu , İstanbul). The Media Barometers are home-grown analyses to gauge the status of freedom of expression and of the media in various countries. Please click here for the program.


 Konference: Seated Gate - Conference on the Prospects of the Turkey Armenian Border

"Seated Gate - Conference on the Prospects of the Turkey Armenian Border" will be held from 22 to 23 November 2014, at Aziz Köklü Hall, Ankara University Cebeci Campus. The Conference is prepared in collaboration between Hrant Dink Foundation and Ankara University Politics Department with contributions of Friedrich Ebert Turkey Office. There will be a live broadcast on www.hrantdink.org in Turkish, Armenian and English. Please click here for the conference program. 


'Gender Equality in the Academia: Best Practices'

At the international symposium ‘Gender Equality in the Academia: Best Practices’, commemorating the 100th year of women in higher education in Turkey, scientists, activists, authors, students and representatives of women’s organizations, research centres and the economic sector from Turkey, Austria, Denmark, Italy, UK, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Germany discussed best practices examples of gender equality measures and promotion of women in different research landscapes. During the conference strengths and weaknesses of the different strategies presented were analysed and their applicability in the Turkish context was considered. Prospects and obstacles of female career tracks in the academia, conditions of research promotion and funding, that frequently put women at a disadvantage, and paths and opportunities of institutional and structural change at universities were the subjects at the focus of attention. Significant aspects of these debates were for instance mentoring and recruiting instruments addressing young female scientists, possibilities of increasing representation of women in university upper management boards, and a more women-friendly work-life-balance in the academia. Another important part was calling scientific criteria into question that only appear objective but are forms of subtle discrimination against women or even make access to certain promotions and positions for women impossible. Besides many panels, workshops and presentations the conference’s participants were given the possibility of informal exchange.

Directed at high ranking representatives of university management boards, ministries of science and family, parliament, student’s associations, trade unions, NGOS, higher council of education and the media a catalogue of demands and requirements on a more gender-inclusive scientific landscape in Turkey will be worked out as an output of the conference.

Please find further information on the conference on the website of the Sabancı- University’s Gender Forum: http://genderforum.sabanciuniv.edu/en


FES Publication: Turkey and the G20 Development Agenda

The latest issue of ‘Turkey Analyses’ headed with the title ‘Turkey and the G20 Development Agenda’ is the summary of a Roundtable held on 26 June 2014 in Istanbul hosted by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) as well as by the Center of International and Economic Studies (CIES) of Kadir Has University. The Roundtable was initiated in advance of the Australian handover to the Turkish presidency on 1 December 2014. This Roundtable was aimed at initiating domestic discussion represented by a cross-section of interests on the guiding questions of Turkey’s development assistance and its possible impact on Turkey’s G20 hosting as well as at identifying points of review in greater detail for future policy recommendations. The policy brief you can find here as a result of the Roundtable focuses on the main guiding questions and summarizes the discussion’s outcome, however introduces also working recommendations regarding how Turkey’s G20 presidency may contribute to the development of its international donor role. 


Panel: Themes of Conflict in Middle Eastern Democracies: A Comparative Perspective from Israel and Turkey 

The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (VLJI), Kadir Has University Middle East Research Center (MARC) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Turkey office will organize a two-day workshop on "Themes of Conflict in Middle Eastern Democracies: A Comparative Perspective from Israel and Turkey." The workshop which will take place in Istanbul at November 6th, 2014, will bring together academicians, politicians and NGO representatives from Israel and Turkey. In the panel, alternative politics will be discussed comparetively on the grounds of majoritarian democracy, representation of grass-roots politics and conflict resolution in social conflicts. The panel will be held in English. Please click here for the program.

We kindly request from participants to write a mail to assistent@festr.org until November the 5th, Wednesday, 12.00 am.


Panel: Migration and Literature - Reflections of the "Armenian Deportation" on Literature

 

The panel "Reflections of the "Armenian Deportation" on Literature will be held at Istanbul Bilgi University, santralIstalbul Campus (E3-103) in 7th November 2014, with contributions by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The panel will be featured by Ragıp Zarakolu (moderator), Fethiye Çetin, Halil İbrahim Özcan, Gülçiçek Güner Tekin and Zülküf Kışanak. There will be imultaneous translation in English and Turkish. Please click here for the Program.


FES Publication: "Demokratik bir yerel yönetim mümkün mü?"

FES Turkey Office has released a new publication on the question that whether a democratic local administration is possible. The handbook is for young Turkish citizens, calling them for a more active engagement in local politics and in decision-taking processes. The publication is in Turkish and available both online and as hard copy for everyone.