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December 9, 2019 to December 10, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Middle East History / Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology, Urban History / Studies



9-10 December 2019

Stockholm University

The recent decade saw a significant growth in debates about inequalities and peace and conflict in Turkey. Recent trends of democratic backsliding, economic crises, large-scale urban and environmental changes and new social challenges related to migration, gender equality, and ethnic issues have made these issues more complex and multifaceted.

The “Inequalities, Peace and Conflict in Turkey” workshop aims to shed light on the patterns and mechanisms of inequalities and their impact on societal conflicts in Turkey. We invite papers that tackle the issues of inequalities, peace, and conflict in Turkey from a broader perspective, including social, economic, political and spatial features.

While this workshop’s geographical focus is on Turkey, it seeks to construct a better understanding of the challenges related to social and economic injustice in the global context and to bring innovative policy options to these challenges. It aims to open up new ways of thinking about inequalities in the Global South and advance critical-constructive scholarship about their impacts on peace and conflict.

We are looking for contributions in line with the following themes:

· Peace, Institutions and Actors: How does the reshaping of institutions in Turkey affect the current inequalities and the responses to conflicts? How can we conceptualize the changing class structures and elite networks and their relations to peace and conflict? How do the different modes of relations between local, national, regional and global actors affect the policy responses of Turkey to its domestic and international conflicts?


· Conflict and Development: As the recent decade saw a high number of development projects implemented in several parts of Turkey, how do these projects influence the social networks in Turkey and alter the micro-dynamics of peace and conflict in many levels (city, national, regional, global)? How do these projects reshape the income, wealth, opportunities for mobilities and create opportunities to deal with the new social challenges? 


· Conflict and Environment: How do conflict and peace processes impact the environment? What role does inequality play in the perceptions of and reactions toward environmental issues in different parts of Turkey? For this panel, we are inviting papers that focus on peace, conflict, and projects and/or disasters (i.e. dam projects, nuclear plant constructions, forest fires) that have an impact on the environment in Turkey.


· Conflict and Migration: Last decade witnessed unprecedented refugee inflow to Turkey.  Hence, the refugee question has become an important component in politics at local, national and international levels.  Moreover, perceptions and attitudes towards refugees became a component of politicization and identity in Turkey, which contributes to daily manifestations of conflict in domestic politics.  This panel invites papers elaborating on multiple manifestations of refugee politics and conflict in Turkey.


This interdisciplinary workshop intends to bring together early career and established academics, experts and practitioners from the various fields of study whose research is relevant to the context of Turkey. Case studies, as well as comparative and large-N studies, are welcome.  The academic quality, relevance, originality, and publication potential will be the key criteria for the selection of contributors.

Please send a 500-word abstract electronically to by 28 October 2019, using the subject heading “Workshop: Inequalities, Peace and Conflict in Turkey”. The abstracts should contain research question(s), theoretical outline, data/empirical material, methodology and expected/preliminary findings. Please provide your name, affiliation, a short bio together with the title and abstract of your proposed paper. We will send invitations for the selected papers by 1 November 2019. We expect to receive the draft papers of the selected abstracts by 1 December 2019. During the workshop, the authors will find a chance to present their draft papers and receive feedback from their peers. We aim to publish the selected articles in a high-ranking journal.

Gender balance will be given special attention throughout the workshop and the publication process.

The workshop does not have a registration fee. It is aimed to cover intra-European transportation costs, accommodation, and meals during the workshop days.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with further questions.


Organization Committee:

Dr. mren Borsuk Erolu, Researcher at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies Dr. Pınar Dinç, Researcher at Lund University Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Dr. Pınar Sayan, Researcher at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies
Dr. Sinem Kavak, Researcher at Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies


Key Dates:

Deadline for the application: 28 October 2019

Selection of participants: 1 November 2019

Deadline for draft paper submission:  1 December 2019

Workshop dates: 9-10 December 2019


This workshop is co-organized by Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies and Lund University Center for Middle Eastern Studies and supported by Swedish Institute

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