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Call for Papers
January 30, 2020 to February 20, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Islamic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Women's & Gender History / Studies





6-7 March 2020



The recent decade saw significant growth in debates about inequalities and conflicts in Turkey. Recent trends of democratic backsliding, economic crises, large-scale urban and environmental transformations and new social challenges related to migration, gender equality, and ethnic issues have made these issues –all of them representing facets of a broader societal crisis– more complex and multifaceted.

The first workshop “Inequalities, Peace and Conflict in Turkey” took place in December 2019 at Stockholm University. The event was co-organized by Lund University Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies with the support of the Swedish Institute aimed to reveal the patterns and mechanisms of inequalities and their impact on societal conflicts in Turkey.

Against this background, we are organizing a second workshop that aims to add the justice dimension to the discussion on inequalities, peace, and conflict in Turkey. Within this scope, we invite papers delving into interrelated issues including, but not limited to, resistance and solidarity, labor, social welfare and social justice, and environmental justice.

This interdisciplinary workshop intends to bring together early career and established academics, experts and practitioners from the various fields of study whose expertise or research is relevant to the context of Turkey.  The academic quality, relevance, originality, and publication potential will be the key criteria for the selection of papers.

Please send a 500-word abstract electronically to Maria Löfstedt via email at by 5 February 2020, using the subject heading “Inequalities, Peace, Conflict & Justice in Turkey”. The abstracts should contain research question(s), theoretical outline, data/empirical material, methodology and expected/preliminary findings, together with your name, affiliation, a short bio. Please send your applications in only one document titled “abstract_contributorsurname”.  



We will send out invitations for the selected papers by 10 February 2020. We expect to receive the draft papers of the selected abstracts by 1 March 2020 to allow enough time for the discussants. During the workshop, the authors will find a chance to present their draft papers and receive feedback from their peers. As we aim for the presentations to lead to a joint publication, we prefer to receive unpublished material.

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

Accepted participants who are not able to travel abroad for any reason will be able to participate to the workshop via an online platform.

The workshop does not have a registration fee. We aim to cover intra-European transportation costs, accommodation (for those coming from outside of Istanbul), and meals during the workshop days.

Please do not hesitate to contact us may you have any further questions.

Key Dates:

Deadline for the application: 5 February 2020

Selection of papers:  10 February 2020

Deadline for draft paper submission:  1 March 2020

Workshop dates: 6-7 March 2020

Organization Committee:

Dr. İmren Borsuk, Europe in the Middle East-the Middle East in Europe, Forum Transregionelen Studien

Dr. Pınar Dinç, Lund University Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Dr. Pınar Sayan, Beykoz University, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Dr. Sinem Kavak, Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies


This workshop is co-organized by Lund University Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Turkey.

Contact Info: 

Imren Borsuk Eroglu

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