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Work package 7 – Identity & Culture Drivers

Work Package (WP) 7 aims to identify historical and present drivers of EU-Turkey relations  from an identity and culture perspective. Taking into account the long-term view necessary for understanding identity constructions and cultural contexts, this WP adopts an encompassing approach and starts its analysis in the late Ottoman modernisation period. 

As a historical driver, it understands significant historical milestones that have influenced the EU-Turkey relationship and have shaped the mutual identity perceptions and representations. The analysis of present drivers focuses on national and supranational debates in Turkey and the EU, and on developments in Turkey-EU relations, with specific emphasis on the rise of nationalism and debates around secularism. 

Overall, the WP focuses on Turkey’s and Europe’s perceptions of each other in identity and cultural terms, which play a pivotal role in shaping the relationship. By identifying historical and contemporary patterns in the evolution of mutual identity perceptions, this work package aims to assess the likelihood of the three ideal type scenarios – conflict, cooperation, and convergence – materialising in the near future of EU-Turkey relations.

Two main questions will be addressed: 

(1) What identity and culture drivers are relevant and what constellations of them exist?

(2) What are the most prominent drivers both within each focal issue and across them?

(3) As a last task, the weighing and ranking of the identified drivers will aim at substantiating one or more of the proposed scenario(s) from an identity/culture perspective.

Papers:

 “Turkish and European Identity Constructions in the 1815-1945 Period” by Senem Aydin-Düzgit, Johanna Chovanec, Seckin Baris Gülmez, Bahar Rumelili, Alp Eren Topal (July 2017)

Further papers will follow soon.

 

Researchers involved:

Koc University

Bahar Rumelili (WP leader), Seckin Baris Gülmez, Alp Eren Topal

Sabanci University

Senem Aydin-Düzgit, Johanna Chovanec

American University Cairo

Justine Louis, Shaimaa Magued

Caucasus Research Resource Centre Georgia

Dinara Urazova, Nino Mzhavanadze

Danish Institute for International Studies

Jakob Lindgaard

University of Cologne

Wolfgang Wessels, Hanna-Lisa Hauge