University of Washington

Turkey, EU, and the West

"Turkey, the EU, and the West: A Changing Landscape" 


The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, in partnership with its European Union Center of Excellence, Center for West European Studies, and Middle East Center, will present three public lectures and a roundtable discussion focusing on Turkey's relationship with the West, Europe and the European Union.

On May 20 and 21, Professor Sibel Bozdoğan of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design will give two lectures that will discuss the rebuilding of Istanbul in the twentieth century, compare these with the more recent projects under the Islamist government, and assess the urban protests that shook the country earlier this year.

May 20: “Oriental City Encounters European Urbanism: Secularization and Urban Space in Istanbul under the Republic,” Thomson Hall, Room 101, University of Washington-Seattle, 4:30 p.m.

May 21: “European Capital of Culture or Dubai on the Bosporus?: Neo-Liberal Urban Transformations in Istanbul since 2002," Thomson Hall, Room 101, University of Washington-Seattle, 4:30 p.m.

On May 22, Dr. Kemal Kirişci, the TÜSİAD senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, will give a talk on “Fifty Years of EU-Turkish Relations in Turbulent Times: Where to from here?”

Kirişci’s talk will conclude with a roundtable discussion that will include Kirişci, Bozdoğan and Professor Reşat Kasaba, director of the Jackson School of International Studies.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in Kane Hall, Room 210, University of Washington-Seattle.

All events are free and open to the public.

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