Turkey in Transition (?): Before and After the Attempted July Coup

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Call for Papers
February 18, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Humanities, Middle East History / Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Political Science

Turkey in Transition (?): Before and After the Attempted July Coup



Dr. Nikos Christofis, University of Crete

Dr. Tryfon Bampilis, Netherlands Institute at Athens


6-7 June 2017, Athens

Venue: Netherlands Institute at Athens, Makri 11, 11742, Athens, Greece

The failed coup d’état in Turkey can be analyzed in many ways, especially in relation to continuities and discontinuities in Turkey’s 21st century politics, society and economy. Some scholars argue that the aftermath of the July coup revealed even further the authoritarian character of the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and its party, the AKP (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi/Justice and Development Party), and opened the way to enhance his own powers more. Other scholars argue that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s policies signal the rebirth of the Turkish nation, or Yeni Türkiye (New Turkey) as it is often referred to. With this conference we attempt to address the above issue and explore the extent to which the coup d’état constitutes a turning point in modern Turkey, or it is used, to reproduce older paradigms.

We invite submissions on the following, but not limited, related topics, and we encourage contributions from all related fields (history, politics, sociology, and anthropology):

  • Factors and consequences of the July 15 coup d’état
  • AKP rule and opposition parties
  • Political regime change
  • The ideological aspects of the AKP's strategy
  • The role of religion and religious communities
  • Turkey in a “state of emergency”
  • Left politics and social movements
  • The Kurdish question
  • Legal aspects
  • Turkish foreign policy (esp. in relation with the wider Middle East)
  • Neoliberalism and state (re)-formation
  • Refugees-Immigrants and the EU
  • Gender


Keynote speakers:

Joost Lagendijk, Political Analyst and Publicist

Hamit Bozarslan, EHESS, Paris

Prof. Joost Jongerden, Wageningen University


If you are interested in participating (or if you have any queries), please send a word abstract (250-300 words) to turkeyintransition@gmail.com by February 18, 2017. We will acknowledge receipt of all emails and will reply to all. If you do not receive a reply, please resend your abstract.


Please include the following in your email:
- Author name;
- Affiliation;
- email address;
- abstracts in Word format;
- a short CV (max. 100 words)

All participants will be notified by March 5, 2017.


As we intent to compile an edited volume and/or a special issue for publication in an international reference publisher, we kindly request for the accepted abstracts, a draft paper of 7000-8000 words before the conference in order to be considered for publication. 

There is no fee for this conference, but early registration is encouraged due to limited space.

Please note that we are unable to provide any financial help to participants. 

Contact Info: 

Dr. Nikos Christofis, University of Crete

Dr. Tryfon Bampilis, Netherlands Institute at Athens