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Call for Papers  for the 5th Annual European Symposium on Turkey: “The Concept of Culture and its Politicization in Turkey and the Diaspora”.


Vienna, November 29-30, 2019.


The meeting will investigate and discuss the various forms of “cultural engineering” through history, the different discourses on culture and the numerous practices of articulating, performing and producing culture as well as cultural identities/resources – be it in line with or against the cultural policy of the state. Turkey’s official cultural policies aimed at Turkish citizens living abroad will also be a focus of the symposium.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

– Literature, Theatre, Cinema, Visual Arts, Music
– Emerging “traditional” arts and the folklorization of tradition
– Culture and civil society
– Minority cultures / Minoritization of cultures
– Subcultures
– Culture and heritage
– Dichotomies between nature/culture, urban/provincial cultures, high/low culture
– Culture and memory
– Culture and politics / Culturalization of politics
– Transnational cultures
– Gender and culture


Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a brief academic CV. Abstracts should include a research question and information about data/empirical material, methodology and expected/preliminary findings. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of a peer reviewed journal.

The language of the symposium is English.
Abstracts and CVs should be submitted via email to:

Selected participants are eligible for the funding of flight (plus local public transportation) and accommodation. Flight tickets will be reimbursed up to 300 Euros. (For co-authored papers, funding will be available for one of the presenters.)

The event is being co-organized by the Consortium for European Symposia on Turkey (CEST). CEST is committed to the study of modern Turkey by bringing together the expertise of leading European research institutions. It convenes annual high-quality academic events that create new ways of engaging with the study of Turkey and make this field more accessible to the debates in the social sciences. It, in particular, aims at creating platforms of networking and visibility particularly for younger academics. CEST is supported by Stiftung Mercator (

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