The purpose of this years Graduate Conference, organized for a second consecutive year by the Department of Political Science & International Relations of Boğaziçi University is to bring together academic work on Turkish politics that employ a comparative perspective vis-à-vis other geographical and thematic examples or different historical periods within Turkish political history. Our aim is to function as a meeting forum for aspiring academics and the graduate students and members of our department that will provide a first-hand knowledge of research currently carried out in Turkey and abroad.
Contrary to common practices and traditional narratives which tend to over-emphasize the peculiarity of Turkish Politics as an exception to global trends, our conference seeks to examine the comparable dimensions of the field. Consequently we strongly encourage partakers to assess the theoretical approaches that have been used so far to analyze Turkish Politics, and more specifically the degree to which these approaches have been useful or contrary to their individual research.
The themes that will be handled at the conference include:
Political Parties and Elections
Institutions and Governance
the Nation State , Citizenship
Identity and Culture-related issues
New Communication Technologies
We welcome applications from students registered for a Maters or PhD degree in the academic year 2010-11. Favoring a multidisciplinary approach and a variety of perspectives to the issues at hand, the conference also open to researchers from all other branches of the Social Sciences.
Applicants should fill in the application form found at our website (http://bounpolsgradcon.blogspot.com) and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 3, 2011 the latest. All applications will be examined by the Conferences Scientific Committee on a strictly anonymous basis. Accepted applicants will be notified by the end of January.
The conferences preferred language is Turkish while presentations in English are also acceptable. Please make sure you indicate your language of preference in your application forms.
Looking forward to seeing you at Boğaziçi in April 2011
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