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Turkish Studies Symposium: After Gezi Park Protests – Rethinking Turkish Politics and Political Culture
scheduled for Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:30:00 CDT
More information, including the schedule, for the Turkish Studies Symposium is available on our webpage.About the SymposiumThe Eighth Annual Turkish Studies Symposium (TSS) will explore the theme “After Gezi Park  Protests -- Rethinking Turkish Politics and Political Culture.” A small protest against the destruction of Gezi Park in downtown Istanbul in late May 2013 has triggered wide-ranging public demonstrations and an outpour of frustration with the authoritarian style of governance. This was arguably the largest wave of protests in Turkey’s history, which have brought together an unusual coalition, a diverse profile of demonstrators that would not have come together before: independents stood side-by-side with the nationalists, anticapitalist-Islamists, LGBT activists, soccer fans, Kurds, Alevis, and people from across the political spectrum. This most diverse, inclusive and democratic wave of protests that Turkey has ever seen turned into sites where the possibility of co-existence was proven as a viable model for Turkish society.The mass protests and the unfolding events since May 2013, including the widespread corruption accusations leveled at the 11-year AKP government by followers of an Islamic movement, Gulen Hareketi, marked a turning point not only in Turkey’s domestic politics and political culture but also in its foreign policy. The domestic political stability as well as the AKP government’s hyperactive, assertive foreign policy began to crack and the image of Turkey in the international arena took a serious hit. More specifically, the protests and unfolding events have called into question the “Turkish model” —a template that “effectively integrates Islam, democracy and vibrant economics”, for the transitional regimes in the Middle East, on the one hand, and Turkey’s future with the European Union (EU), on the other.The proposed symposium will address key issues raised by the Gezi protests and the recent challenges faced by the AKP government: What are the new avenues opened up by this broad public mobilization and what is the direction of new social and political cultural developments in the aftermath of Gezi protests? How will these recent developments affect the local elections in March 2014? And, what does the future hold for Turkey’s role in its broader region in light of these milestone events? Some of the larger (domestic) issues we will address are the role of political Islam in Turkish democracy, changing contours of state-society relations, and new (non-traditional) actors of democratic participation. We will also situate the events within Turkey’s current regional context (tensions in the Middle East, specifically the Syrian crisis, and Turkey-EU relations). We will specifically explore the question of whether the recent events imply a rejection of Turkish foreign policy under AKP rule that is increasingly defined by detachment from the European agenda on the one hand, and neo-imperial aspirations in the former Ottoman space, on the other.
Conference: Water Quality 2014: Food and Water for the Future
scheduled for Tue, 13 May 2014 08:30:00 CDT
Call for abstracts openDeadline for abstract submission: 28 February 2014More information: http://www.accwa.net/water-quality-2014/abstracts/ Water Quality 2014 is a two-day confer­ence (with optional third day field visit) for academics, industry, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss the key concerns and big challenges in future food and water security. Globally, agricul­ture uses 70% of all freshwater resources extracted for human use and has a significant impact on surface water quality from run-off and stock animals. With a changing climate and growing global population, water use in agriculture will be placed under an enormous strain and it is important that water quality is maintained to ensure safe drinking water and a healthy and functional environment. WQ2014 is the third conference in a series organised by water@leeds at the University of Leeds, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Zhejiang University. Conference topics:- Agriculture and water quality (including virtual water)- Water resources for food production- Water demand management in the agricultural sector- Innovative ideas for the future of water and agriculture- Agriculture and water quality in the developing world For more information about the conference, conference series, location and delegate registration (early-bird registration is open), please visit http://www.accwa.net/water-quality-2014/ Please direct all informal enquires to Rebecca Slack (r.slack@leeds.ac.uk).

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