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Subject: Konferens i Istanbul
From: Immigrant-institutet <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Immigrant-institutet <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 15 Aug 2006 16:51:11 +0200

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E/Im/Migration and Culture

15-17 September 2007

Isik University, Sile (Istanbul, Turkey)


Fourth Cultural Studies Conference


Co-organized by the Cultural Studies Association (Turkey) and the

Department of International Relations of Isik University


The Cultural Studies Association of Turkey and Isik University invite

proposals for an international cultural studies conference entitled

"E/Im/Migration and Culture" they are co-organizing on 15-17

September 2007 in Sile (Istanbul, Turkey). Seeking to explore the

topic from a wide range of scholarly viewpoints by focusing on

issues of migration in its multiple relationships with various

facets of culture, the inter/multidisciplinary conference aims to

interrogate established notions of migration both in Turkey and

outside of Turkey. We welcome proposals for papers that break new

ground in generating theory, or constitute innovative critical or

comparative work that would lead to theoretical formulations and

methodology, as well as for papers on specific cases. The conference

intends to examine issues of migration in Turkey, among the peoples

in the lands of the former Ottoman empire, among the Euro-Turks (and

Turkish-Americans, Australasian Turks, etc.), among the Turcophone

peoples in countries and regions in Eastern Europe and the former

Soviet Union (in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Russian

Federation) and those Turcophone minorities in such countries as

Iran and China.


The story of migration is as old as the history of humankind.

Factors such as geographic conditions, economic necessities,

socio-political developments and wars have led to population

movements for centuries. Whether for refuge or as exile, whether

voluntary or forced, migration has always affected both society and

the individual; and altered both the land that was left behind and

the land that was reached. A phenomenon of modern times, the

nation-state as hegemonic entity contributed to these migration

flows through bordering and re-bordering processes that put visible

and invisible boundaries on people's movements. Additional factors

leading to current population flows are observed to be primarily the

challenge(s) of globalization and transnationalism.


Migration within and out of countries continue in great numbers as

more and more people in our global village look to either temporary

or permanent migration as a path to freedom, the right to live,

security, employment, health and education--while sometimes also

encountering drama and tragedy along the way. E/im/migration has

generated its own art, fiction and cinema. Thus, it has continued to

be a force in culture, demography, economy and politics in the

contemporary era, and constitutes, in its various aspects, a matter

of paramount importance for the cultures of Turks and Turkey. This

reflection has led us to select the topic of migration as the theme

of the fourth cultural studies conference to take place in Turkey.


We welcome submissions related to e/im/migration including, but not

limited to, the following:


- E/im/migration and culture: Theoretical approaches

- Art /Literature /Cinema generated by e/im/migration

- E/im/migration and urban space

- E/im/migration during the Republican era

- E/im/migration during the Ottoman era

- E/im/migration and the (former) Soviet Union territories

- Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political

   developments: The cases of Western Thrace and the Balkans

- Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political

   developments: The case of Cyprus

- Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political

   developments: The case of Irak

- Cultural representation of e/im/migration resulting from political

   developments: The case of Jews and Palestinians


As the conference takes place in Turkey and takes up the cultures of

Turks and Turkey, the working language of the conference is first of

all Turkish. However, since experience has shown that non-Turkish

speaking colleagues doing studies related to the cultures of Turks

and Turkey also wish to contribute, there will be English-language

sessions as well. Abstracts of 100-200 words, containing five key

words, should be sent along a brief curriculum vita. Panel proposals

with three to five papers should include, besides the panel proposal

and five key words, abstracts of the papers in the panel, and brief

curriculum vitae of the chair, presenters, and discussant(s) if any.

Poster presentation proposals containing noteworthy visual material

are also welcome.


Send no later than 1 October 2006, by e-mail to

[log in to unmask], by fax to +90 212 292 2229 (Attn.: IV.

Cultural Studies Conference). For moreinformation, write to the same

addresses or look at


The results will be announced on 1 February 2007.


The registration fee will be 60 Euro for Cultural Studies Association

(Turkey) members and students, and 100 Euro for all other

participants until 1 May 2007; and, after that date, 100 Euro for

Cultural Studies Association (Turkey) members and students, and 160

Euro for all other participants.


The conference organizing committee regrets that it cannot assist in

travel or accomodation fares in any way, but will provide low-cost

accommodation for all participants on the Isik University campus (in

Sile, a popular sea resort on the Black Sea coast). Further details

will be sent later. For information on Isik University, please look




On behalf of the organizers


Gonul Pultar, [log in to unmask]

Sule Toktas, [log in to unmask]


Miguel Benito

Tel 033-136070

Immigrant-institutet, Katrinedalsgatan 43, 504 51 Borås, [log in to unmask]

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