Social Transformation and International Migration in Turkey
Boğaziçi University, 8-9 January 2015
Organizers: Mine Eder, Ahmet İçduygu, Derya Özkul
At times of rapid change, such as the current epoch of accelerated globalization, international migration tends to grow in volume and to become increasingly important as a factor helping to reshape societies. This call for papers for an international workshop looks at the processes of social transformation in Turkey and aims to analyze the role of recent human mobility within these processes. Thus, our main departure point is that migration is not just a result of change, nor a cause of change, but an integral part of social transformation processes (Castles 2010).
Turkey has gone through a series of changes in the last decade that constitute a neoliberal transformation: the developments in the economy, the rise in the urban middle class and the absence of welfare provisions are among the factors that have required the arrival of international migrants. As such, Turkey has increasingly become an immigration country. In this workshop, we are interested in papers with a clear theoretical perspective and strong empirical data on recent migration flows in Turkey from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives.
Papers may explore the following themes, and any further issues that arise from this outline:
Political economy and absence of welfare provisions in Turkey: need for low-skilled migrants;
Increasing international competition for highly skilled migrants and implications for Turkey;
Lived experiences of internal and international migrants: precarious work and informality;
Urban transformation projects and implications for internal and international migration;
Feminization of migration in Turkey;
Challenges to policy-making in migration and asylum seeking in Turkey;
Changing citizenship regime and challenges to national belonging in Turkey;
Turkey’s changing foreign affairs, regional flows and in particular Syrian migrants.
As a result of this workshop, we are planning to publish the selected papers in a highly ranked academic journal. Our second aim is to establish an academic network for scholars interested in migration related issues in Turkey.
For those presenters who are traveling from outside of Istanbul, limited funding is available for travel and accommodation expenses.
Paper Submission Guidelines
Abstracts of approximately 500 words should be sent as Word document to the organizers by
September 15, 2014. Please make sure that you include specific details of your theoretical framework and methodology of your paper. The papers that are suitable for the workshop’s aims and standards will be invited for presentation and a full paper submission.
Department of Political Sciences and
Boğaziši University, Turkey
Social Transformation and
International Migration (STIM) Network
School of Social and Political Sciences
University of Sydney, Australia
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