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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.
International Symposium on Gender Equality in the Academia: Best Practices
Commemorating the 100th year of women in higher education in Turkey an international Symposium on Gender Equality in the Academia will be held in Kadıköy Minerva Palas from 6 to 8 November, in İstanbul. In the symposium, where Şirin Tekeli gives an opening speech, gender roles in the academia will be discussed by academicians coming from a wide array of institutions located in various countries such as the UK, Germany, Italy, Danemark, Czech Republic and Turkey. The focus would be on the best practices and solution proposals on the issue of gender equality. Please click here for the symposium program.
Urban&Social Transformation and Human Security
The roundtable conference "Urban&Social Transformation and Human Security" that we have organized with Helsinki Citizens Assembly Turkey was held in Friday, 17th Oktober,2014 at Beyoğlu Municipality Youth Center. For further information, the program of the meeting is here (Turkish).
Annual Report: European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO)
The Counsel Meeting of European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (2014/2) will take place from October 9-11, in Istanbul. During the meeting, the report "Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2014" will be announced. The report will underline recent developments in the exercise of the right of conscientious objection in many countries, including Turkey.
A Press Conference will be held in 11.00 Friday, October 10th, 2014 at Cezayir, Istanbul. Where representatives of EBCO members, conscientious objectors in Turkey, journalists, parliamentarians will attend.
The event of our partner organization "Vicdani Ret Derneği" is open to all who are interested in conscientious objection. The program is here (in Turkish). There will be simultaneous translation during the press conference.
Partner Publications: Middle Eastern Politics - Transformation and Conflict
A brief report of the conference that we have organized together with Middle East Technical University from 13-14 November 2013 is published. Please click here to read the publication.
"One Year of Resistance – Gezi, Society and Science", June 14, 2014, Istanbul
One year has passed since the Gezi-Protests, the political agenda of Turkey, however, continues to be intensely debated and evaluated. In order to make contribute to these debates and analyzes, we as FES in cooperation with the Association of Sociology Graduates (SOMDER) organized the international conference entitled "One Year of Resistance – Gezi, Society and Science". During the one-day event at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University speakers from Greece, England and Turkey analyzed the origins, manners and consequences of the Gezi-Protests from different perspectives and made comparisons with other protest movements of the recent past. In the following intense discussion, more than 100 guests exchanged their views and shared their ideas with the experts and debated and assessed the impacts of the Gezi-Protests on politics, society and science. Please find the program of the conference here.
"The impact of the Presidential Elections on the Parliamentary System", May 30, 2014
In an atmosphere in which the political environment is as heated and polarized as rarely seen before, Turkey will for the first time directly elect its president in August. It is a commonly shared view that these elections will have a strong impact on Turkish politics. In order to scrutinize this issue in more detail, FES Turkey in cooperation with our partner organizations TÜSES and KÜYEREL will hold a conference (in Turkish) on the upcoming presidential elections on May 30, 2014 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Taxim Hill Hotel. Please find the program of the event here.
Workshop on "New Media and the (Im)possibilities of Control", May 9-10, 2014
With the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung the Bahçeşehir University’s New Media Department (Faculty of Communication) organized the workshop "New Media and the (Im)possibilities of Control", which was held from 9th to 10th of May 2014. Several scientists working on New Media at different universities in Norway, the USA and Turkey as well as Journalists participated in the various workshop sessions. Please find the program and the invitation here.
"Gendered Memories of War and Political Violence" Young Researchers Conference, April 25 - 27, 2014, Istanbul
From 25th to 27th April the Sabancı University Gender and Women's Studies Forum, the Istanbul Policy Center and the Central European University with the support of FES Turkey organized the Young Researchers Conference on "Gendered Memories of War and Political Violence". Among the participants were students, young researchers, activist, academics and artists from Argentina, Morocco, Finland, England, Spain, Kenya and participants from other international universities. Further information about the event can be found in the conference program, the abstracts of the presentations, on the Facebook profile of the conference as well as in an article (in Turkish) published by bianet.org.
"Hidden Histories of Cities - Abandoned City: Istanbul’s Armenian Past" Panel, April 25, 2014, Istanbul
Within the panel series "Hidden Histories of Cities" organized by Columbia Global Centers Turkey and Studio-X Istanbul on April 25, 2014 a panel entitled "Abandoned City: Istanbul’s Armenian Past" took place. During the event participants and speakers discussed the the role of Armenians and their legacy in Istanbul's history, the difficult experiences of Armenians who fled from Anatolia to Istanbul after 1915, the confiscation of armenian property and the current situation of armenian foundations as well as Istanbul's role in armenian literature and current political developments in the Turkish-Armenian normalization process. For further information about the work of Columbia Global Centers in Turkey please click here.
"2014 Local Elections Videorama"
Before the local elections in Turkey Bianet asked inhabitants of 15 cities what kind of city they would like to live in. With the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung this video-series entitled "2014 Yerel Seçim Videoraması" (2014 Local Elections Videorama) is published on Bianet's Website. Even though the elections are over, what people wish for their own cities remains up-to-date. You can watch the videos on Bianet’s website.
"Writing Women’s Lives", April 19-20, 2014
From 19th to 20th April 2014 the Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation (WLICF) in cooperation with the Yeditepe University and with the support of FES organized the international symposium “Writing Women's Lives: Auto/Biography, Life Narratives, Myths and Historiography” which was held in Istanbul (Yeditepe University). Numerous national and international participants presented their papers from a broad, interdisciplinary field of women's life writing including biography and autobiography, letters, diaries, memoirs, family histories, case histories and other ways in which women's lives have been recorded. Please find the invitation here and the program of the conference here. For further information please also visit the event’s website.
"What to do after the elections?", April 12, 2014
On the 12th of April 2014 FES and SODEV (Sosyal Demokrasi Vakfı) were jointly organizing a panel discussion at the Taxim Hill Hotel about the results of the recent local elections. Young researchers analyzed the election results from their perspective and discussed their forecasts for the future. The event was open to the public. You can find the program here.
"Turkey between Elections: Peace, Reforms and Stability", April 9, 2014 Berlin, April 10, 2014 Brussels
In the panels titled “Turkey between Elections: Peace, Reforms and Stability,” which were organized by TESEV Democratization Program, FES Turkey, FES Berlin and FES Brussels between April 9-10, 2014, the results of the March 2014 local elections in Turkey were discussed. Furthermore meetings between the turkish participants and experts on EU-Turkey relations took place in Berlin and Brussels. At the panel held in Berlin, Etyen Mahçupyan, Cevdet Akçay, Osman Can from the AK Party, Gülseren Onanç from the CHP and Meral Danış Beştaş from the BDP took part as speakers. At the roundtable meeting in Brussels, Etyen Mahçupyan, Cevdat Akçay, Yasin Aktay from the AK Party, Gülseren Onanç and Özgür Sevgi Göral from the BDP took part as speakers. You can find further information about the topics of the panels and meetings in TESEV’s report.
"Turkey after the storm - Analyzes of the elections and their aftermath", April 5, 2014
On the 5th of April 2014 the FES Turkey and TÜSES (Türkiye Sosyal, Ekonomik, Siyasi Araştırmalar Vakfı) were jointly organizing a panel discussion about the recent local elections, their results and consequences. The event which took place in the Istanbul Point Hotel Barbaros focused on a social democratic perspective. The speakers Prof. Dr. Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, Prof. Dr. Burhan Şenatalar and Vural Çakır analyzed the election results based on their research and own observations and furthermore shared their expectations and appraisals of upcoming developments in Turkey. Particularly the lectures about voting behavior and priorities of voters were of special interest for the audience. The future of political parties and politicians was one of the intensively debated topics in the following discussion. The audio recordings of the first and the second parts of the event are available.
"The Last Exiles of Istanbul" Panel, March 15, 2014 Istanbul
Within the framework of the exhibition "20 Dollar, 20 Kilo" the Institute for Independent Research, Information and Communication (BABIL) with the support of FES Turkey organized a panel discussion entitled “The Last Exiles of Istanbul”, which was attended by over 200 participants. During the event, which took place in the Depo, the fate of the Greek population and their relatives who were expelled from Turkey after 1964, their experiences in 50 years of exile, the demands and expectations of the Istanbul Greeks, the historical and political circumstances of that time as well as examples of Anti-Greek propaganda in the Turkish media were discussed. For the video of Rıdvan Akar’s TV-broadcasting about "The Last Exiles of Istanbul" please click here.
Second seminar of the young leaders program "Genclerle Yeni Yollar Yeni Sürecler", March 15-16, 2014
From 15-16th March 2014 the second seminar of the FES young leaders program “Genclerle Yeni Yollar Yeni Sürecler” was held in Istanbul. Together with their trainers the 20 participants worked on gender topics and gender equality and discussed problems of women and LGBTI's as well as political participation and the local elections. Hülya Gülbahar, Büşra Ersanlı and Berkin İnan as well as Deniz Şapka from ‚Spod‘ and Şule und Ömer Ceylan from ‚Listag’ were strongly appreciated guests of the seminar.
"Sexual discrimination, harassment and violence at universities", March 5, 2014
On the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8, the FES Turkey and the Women's Research Center at Istanbul University jointly organized a panel discussion about “Sexual discrimination, harassment and violence at universities”. The event, which took place on the 5th of March 2014, was well attended with about 150 participants. In the first panel discussion representatives of different universities in Istanbul reported about their activities to combat discrimination of women and discussed different strategies and structures against harassment and discrimination at universities with the audience. During the discussion, it became particularly clear that wide-ranging ethical and legal regulations are essential in the combat against assaults and harassment against women.
In the second part of the event representatives of several women’s organizations discussed their campaigns opposing gender based discrimination and violence against women. In order to raise awareness among the general public and university managements a network between the different universities was considered to be crucial. The speakers as wells as the audience also emphasized the importance of information exchange and cooperation between activists and scientists for a successful implementation of measures against assaults and harassments against women. With regard to that, the event was able to contribute to the exchange of experiences and fostered future cooperation between the participants. Please find the program of the event here.
20th New Faces Conference on "Citizenship and Political Participation in the Mediterranean Region"
From 27th February to 2nd March 2014 the 20th New Faces Conference entitled “Citizenship and Political Participation in the Mediterranean Region” took place in Istanbul. The conference was jointly organized by FES Turkey, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Zeit-Stiftung.
Young Professionals from academia, politics, the media, the private sector, and civil society organizations discussed current developments and debates around citizenship and political participation in the Mediterranean region. During the three-day conference participants from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, Germany, Italy and Spain presented and debated their own papers, analyzed changes in conceptions of citizenship in the Mediterranean region as well as opportunities and barriers of political participation and discussed in plenary sessions with experts visions for the future. This enabled cross-country comparisons and exchange of experiences, while establishing a network of young scholars and professionals from North Africa, Turkey, and the EU.
Envisioning a Secure and Independent Afghanistan Post 2014 - Perspectives and Strategies for Constructive Conflict Resolution from the Neighborhood
On 21 and 22 November Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is organizing the 2nd FES Inter-Regional Summit on Afghanistan in Istanbul. The conference is part of our regional project “Envisioning a Secure and Independent Afghanistan Post 2014 – Perspectives and Strategies for Constructive Conflict Resolution from the Neighborhood”. Within the scope of this project, we set up policy groups in Afghanistan, Central Asia, India and Pakistan who are engaging in inter-regional Track II dialogues with experts from China, Iran, Russia and Turkey on aspects of peace, stability and economic development in Afghanistan(further information here).
In two public panels we are discussing the perspectives of Germany, the United States and Turkey (please find the program here).
"Organization and Regulation of Employment Regulations in Transnational Production and Supply Networks"
This new report examines the implementation of Global Framework Agreements (GFAs) negotiated between transnational cooperations (TNCs) and the Global Union Federations (GUFs) in Turkey. It is now online and available for free. To view the PDF click here.
Turkey Analyses "Paving the Way for Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation: A Personal Account"
The new Turkey Analyses entitled "Paving the Way for Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation: A Personal Account" has been published and is available online for free. To view the PDF click here.
Film Screening and Panel Discussion: "Armenia-Turkey: To Speak, to Know Each Other, to Produce – Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform: Joint Projects, Experiences"
The Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform organizes in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey and Anadolu Kültür a film screening and panel discussion with participation of the directors Gülengül Altıntaş and Nigol Bezjian on 27th June in Izmir and on 28th June in Çanakkale. Please find the program for Izmir and Çanakkale as well as more details (in Turkish) here.
EU Conference in Istanbul
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized from 31st May–1st June in cooperation with SODEV, TÜSES, KÜYEREL and the Center for European Studies at Bilgi University a conference entitled "European Union – But How? Social Democratic – Leftist Perspectives on Europe". Experts from England, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Turkey looked at the presence and future of Europe from a leftist perspective. The panel discussion at noon, at which the leader of the German Social Democratic Party in Baden-Württemberg Nils Schmid held an opening speech, was followed by workshops. To view the program and some pictures please click.
Dr. Ernst Hillebrand Gives Lectures About "The Future of Social Democracy in Europe"
Dr. Ernst Hillebrand who is the head of division of the department for international political analysis of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin visited Ankara from 29 to 30 May 2013. During his stay he gave lectures on the topic of “The Future of Social Democracy in Europe”. Therefore, the FES in Ankara and the Sosyal Demokrasi Derneği (SDD) invited him to two panel discussions where he spoke with political advisors and members of parliament about this topic. Read more...
Experts Talk About "Gender Well-Being and Budgeting"
From 9th–10th May the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Istanbul Bilgi University hosted two events about "Gender Well-Being and Budgeting". In this context experts from Germany, Italy, Scotland and Turkey shared their experiences and also discussed possibilities for talking about gender sensitive issues, particularly on a local level. Please click here for more details.
Panel Event "Union Rights and Union Organizing"
On 25 March the FES Istanbul hosted in Istanbul in cooperation with the Global Union Federations UNI, IFT and IndustriALL a panel event on the issue of "Union Rights and Union Organizing". About 20 unions presented their campaigns in multinational enterprises and discussed their possibilities of joint actions for the set-up of a strategic supply-chain-management. After the press conference on 26 March the participants visited the picket line of the dismissed DHL workers to show their solidarity.
Delegations of the Federal States Visit Turkey
Representatives of several federal states of Germany visited Turkey and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in the past weeks. Thorsten Schäfer- Gümbel who is the chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in Hesse came in the company of a delegation of the state parliament to Turkey to visit the country in the context of the partnership agreement between Hesse and Bursa. Nils Schmid who is vize prime minister of Baden-Württemberg visited Turkey together with a delegation of entrepreneurs at the end of March. The FES Turkey was actively involved in hosting both delegations and organized round table talks and panel discussions. Here you can find a current article which is also published in FES Info.
Sigmar Gabriel in Turkey
At the end of February the chairman of the SPD Sigmar Gabriel visited together with Hans Peter Bartels (MP and member of the committee of defense) within three days four places in Turkey. Along the way he attended talks with governmental representatives like president Gül, prime minister Erdoğan and the minister for EU affairs Bağiş. He also participated in meetings with the CHP and the BDP. Futhermore, Sigmar Gabriel visited a refugee camp in Kilis at the Syrian border and saw the Patriot unit of the German armed forces which is stationed in Kahramanmaras in the southeast of Turkey. His program was completed through meetings with aid organizations, political analysts and representatives of religious groups.
Presentation about "TEPAV" by Prof. Dr. Güven Sak
On April, 3 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ankara and the Sosyal Demokrat Dergi (SDD) hosted under the auspices of Dr. Aykan Erdemir a round table talk for young professionals working in politics, economy and academics. Highlight of the meeting was a presentation of Prof. Dr. Güven Sak who introduced the work of the independent “TEPAV” think tank which is one of the most influential economic reasearch institutes in Turkey. Read more...
Visit by an IG Metall Delegation
From 1-4th April a delegation of the IG Metall visited Istanbul and Bursa in order to get informed about trade unions in Turkey and recent trade union laws that were passed in the country. Facility visits at Bosch (Bursa) and Mercedes (Esenyurt/ Istanbul) provided a good opportunity to talk with the employees and to obtain information about trade union activities in the respective companies.
Papandreou Visited Istanbul
On March 2nd, 2013 the former Greek prime minister and chairman of the Socialist International Georgios Papandreou attended a major event of the FES in Istanbul and hold a speech about “The way of the Social Democracy Today and in the Future”. Read more...
FES Publication: Social State and Social Democracy
The Turkish translation of the publication “Social State and Social Democracy” is published and free available in the FES offices in Ankara and Istanbul. The book is the third one out of our series about social democracy which has been published by the Academy of social democracy. Read more...
Case Study: Trade Unions in Turkey
After the coup d’état in 1980 the Turkish trade unions were abolished. They never recovered completely from this incident. The deep ideological trenches, an extremely restrictive legislation and a small amount of organization are the characteristics of the trade unions’ weakness. In a study of the FES called “Trade Unions in Turkey” Demet S. Dinler analyzes the situation of the Turkish trade unions and gives recommendations about where the stengthening of the employees’ lobby could start. Read more...
Conference about Freedom of Press
On November 24th, 2012 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized a conference in cooperation with Umut Vakfı, Bianet and Europäischer Journalistenverband. Its topic was “Freedom of press andfreedom of speech in Turkey”. International guests and media professionals analyzed current developments in media and discussed how to prevent negative trends. You can find the program here.
Conference: "The World in Crisis"
Between 13th and 15th of June 2012 we organized in cooperation with the Middle East Technical University a conference reviewing "The World in Crisis". The main topics affected international relations. Inter alia the focus was on the following issues of international relations: Key players of the global crisis, security threats, global governing, intervention, international social movements, environmental problems and international law. You can find the program here.
Conference: Local and Regional Governments in the New Constitution
One of the most important topics of the debate about the new Turkish constitution regards a discussion about the restructuring of the work-sharing between the regional governments and the central government. There are questions how the new constitution could improve the local government administrations and how this could affect the Kurdish issue. In this context the FES organized a conference on June 9, 2012 in cooperation with TESEV İyi Yönetişim Programı. You can find the program here.
Conference: Transborder Feminist Encounters
The women's organization Amargi invited feminists originating from eleven different countries and regions to a conference held in Istanbul from May 26th to 27th 2012. During the event the participants discussed the situation of women in each country as well as in the respective region. Other than from Turkey, the participants originated from countries that have attracted the attention of the global society for a while. Among those were Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, India, Northern Cyprus, Israel and Palestine. The shared motto and wish of the participants is the establishment of peace, meaning the end of warlike confrontations in the mentioned regions. Furthermore it was discussed how a women-friendly policy could be developed and established in order to achieve solidarity across national borders.
Here you can find the program and the poster of the conference.
More photos are available on our Facebook page.
Conference: Hrant Dink Memorial Workshops "New Forms of Social Resistance"
From 24th to 26th of May 2012 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted in cooperation with Sabancı Üniversitesi İstanbul Politikalar Merkezi, Hrant Dink Vakfı and Anadolu Kültür Vakfı a conference in Istanbul about the topic "New Forms of Social Resistance". Our international guests exchanged in different pannels their views, among others, about art and resistance, occupation as a form of resistance and public resistance against neoliberalism. You can find the program here.
Turkey’s Energy Policy One Year After Fukushima
On March 9th, 2013 a year after the dramatic nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted a public conference about the future of the Turkish energy policy. Not just the developments of the atomic sector but also the potentials of renewable energies and implementation problems. You can find the program here.
Furthermore the book "Nükleer Enerjinin Sonu Mu?" (English: The End of Nuclear Energy?) was presented during the conference. It has been published by Nina Netzer and Jochen Steinhilber and presents the analyses of regional experts on the reactions on Fukushima in 13 countries. Read more...
Survey: "Regional Perceptions of Turkey in the Middle East"
Turkey has dramatically expanded its influence in recent years throughout the Mediterranean and beyond, operating as an interlocutor and partner to Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. Understanding Turkey’s role in the region is critical to E.U. and U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the wake of the transformations reshaping the Arab world. “The Perception of Turkey in the Middle East 2012” is a regional public opinion survey conducted in late 2012 in 16 countries across the Middle East and North Africa which illustrates the importance of economic worries which get little attention, details Turkey’s enduring popularity in the Arab world, and confirms persistent anti-American sentiment in much of the region. More Information and also the record of the Presentation can be find here (English). The survey is a cooperation between the FES, TESEV and the Center for American Progress.
The conference publication of the German-Turkish economic cooperation in March 2012 has been published in Antalya. The book is available at the AKVAM of Akdeniz University.