PSA 2021: The Schedule of Panels Organised by the Turkish Politics Specialist Group

The PSA 2021 Annual Conference is starting on Monday, in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast and SAGE Publishing. This years theme “Resilience, Expertise and Hope” focuses on our ability to “adapt and respond in the wake of fundamental disruption” and aims to create a better understanding of issues like the global economy, global ecosystems and the climate, public health, international security.

As the Turkish Politics Specialist Group we have organised multiple panels that dominantly focus on foreign policy, power-society relations, and the electoral dynamics of Turkey.

Here is the whole list of our panels:

MONday 29th March 09:30-11:00 

Panel 120: The Changing Dynamics of Power and Society in Turkey Today

Chair: Matthew Whiting (University of Reading)

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Understanding the Moral Economy of State-Civil Society Relationships: Islam, Women’s NGOs and Rights-Based Advocacy in Turkey

Dr. Nazlı Kazanoğlu (Koç University) and Dr. Markus Ketola (Edinburgh University)

9:45 am – 10:00 am

Grassroots Familialism? Conservative Civil Society Organizations and the Politics of Family in Turkey Under AKP Rule

Dr. Sevgi Adak (Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations)

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Rescaling and Bordering: Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Turkey’s Kurdish Regions

Dr. Imren Borsuk Eroglu (EUME-EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST-MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE) and Mr. Diren Tas (Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich)

10:15 am – 10:30 am

Biopolitics of Security and National Security Vetting Practices in Turkey

Dr. Seckin Sertdemir Ozdemir (University of Turku)

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Refugee Evictions and the Spread of Refugee-Native Clashes: Evidence from Turkey

Dr. Kerim Can Kavakli (Bocconi University)

Monday 29th March 11:15-12:45 

Panel 220: Turkey’s Foreign Policy

Chair: Yaprak Gürsoy (Aston University)

11:15 am – 11:30 am

Explaining China’s Influence in Turkey

Dr. Eyüp Ersoy (Ahi Evran University)

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Emotions and Foreign Policy Change: An Alternative Affective Account of Turkey-KRG Relations

Dr. Asli Ilgıt (Cukurova University) and  Dr. Özlem Pusane (Isik University)

11:45 am – 12:00am

From De-Europeanization to Anti-Westernism: Turkish Foreign Policy in Flux

Prof. Alper Kaliber (Altinbas University)

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Leftist Migrant Workers and Political Activism: Turkish Workers’ Associations in Germany

Ms. Irem Yildirim (McGill University)

Monday 29th March 13:00-14:45 

Panel 320: Populist Rule and Opposition in Turkey: Mobilization, Policies and Strategies

Chair: Ms. Tuğçe Erçetin (İstanbul Bilgi University) and Ms. Begüm Zorlu (City, University of London)

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Understanding the “we-ness” in Populism: From Leaders to Voters”

Ms. Tuğçe Erçetin (İstanbul Bilgi University)

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

The New Populism in Turkey: The Marriage of Islamism and Nationalism under AKP Rule

Dr. Çağlar Ezikoğlu (Çankırı Karatekin University)

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Populist Alliances: The Increasing Convergence of the Governments of Turkey and Venezuela

Ms. Begüm Zorlu (City, University of London)

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Anti-Populism in Turkey: Its Roots and Current Embodiments

Dr. Toygar Sinan Baykan (Kırklareli University)

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Defeating Populists: The Case of 2019 Elections

Dr. Seda Demiralp (Isik University) and Dr. Evren Balta (Özyeğin University)

Monday 29th March 15:45-17:15 

Panel 420: Turning COVID-19 into a Political Opportunity: Policy and Propaganda in

Chair: Prof. Rabia Karakaya Polat (Isik University)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Foreign aid during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from Turkey

Mr. Bugra Güngör (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

The AKP’s Anti-Westernism in Turkey’s Covid-19 Response

 Dr. Çağlar Ezikoğlu (Çankırı Karatekin University)

4:15 pm4:30 pm

The Media Representation of Coronavirus as a Tool of Discredit and Praise: The Cases of Sözcü and Sabah

Dr. Begüm Burak (French Institute of Anatolian Studies)

4:30 pm4:45 pm

Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Turkey’s Public Bank Actions and Crisis Management

Dr. Ali Riza Gungen (York University)

4:45 pm– 5:00 pm

Repercussions of the Covid-19 on Turkish Politics

Dr. Jülide Karakoç (Altınbaş University) Dr. Duygu Ersoy (Altınbaş University), Dr. Tuba Turan (University of Essex)

Tuesday 30th March 11:15-12:45

Panel 620: Elections and Turkey’s Political Regime 

Chairs: Dr. Natalie Martin (University of Nottingham) and Ms. Zeynep Özge Iğdır (Sabancı University)

11:15 am – 11:30am

Centre-Periphery Clash within the Context of Turkish Modernization: Sociological Phenomenon or Institutional Change

Mr. Fırat Efe (University of Wroclaw)

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Measuring Political Polarization in Turkey: Religion, Identity, and Space

Dr. Fırat Gündem (Dokuz Eylül University)

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Politics of Electoral Reform in Turkey: Actors, Motivations, Success and Failure

Ms. Zeynep Özge Iğdır (Sabancı University)

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Twitter Usage and Electoral Success: The Case of 2019 Turkish Local Elections

Dr. Ugur Ozdemir (University of Edinburgh) and  Mr. Berke Çaplı (University of Edinburgh)

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

The securitisation of news in Turkey: Journalism as political opposition

Dr. Natalie Martin (University of Nottingham)


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