Symposium on Turkey 2014

Date: Friday 10th October 2014

Venue: Committee Room 3, Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs

Time: 9.30am – 10am Registration, 9.30am Start 5pm Finish


The Centre for Ideas (Cfi) is hosting a ‘FREE’ one-day conference to showcase research projects on Turkey, and collaborations with colleagues based in Turkey and the Turkish community in London. Sessions will focus on a range of topics including Geopolitics of Turkey; Istanbul/Ankara/Izmir: Space and Place in the Turkish City; Negotiating the Ottoman Heritage and an open session presenting the University’s collaborations and partnerships with institution in Turkey. There will also be plenty of opportunity for discussion and networking.

The full draft programme and registration can be found below. Places are limited at this FREE event to a first come first served basis.

Cfi, is a forward-looking ‘virtual research institute’ set up by Middlesex University to promote discussion and collaboration between its internationally recognised scholars and leading public intellectuals, relevant professionals and policy-makers.

To attend this ‘FREE’ conference simply register below:

Please find a draft programme for the day below:

09:30 – 10:00     Registrations and Refreshments

10:00 – 10:15      Welcome and Introduction

10:15 – 11:15:

Negotiating the Ottoman Heritage Convened by Emma Dick

Emma Dick – ‘Refashioning the Ottomans: Embodying the Golden Age through textiles and dress.’

Bharain Mac An Bhreithiún-Bertapelli – ‘Negotiating the Ottoman Heritage in the Balkan City – practices of place and street culture in Sarajevo and Bucharest.’

Mike Smith – ‘The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors’ (BBC, 2013)

11:15 – 12:15:

The Geopolitical Turn in Turkish Foreign Policy: From Westernization to Grand Strategy Convened by Tunc Aybak

Topic: ‘What is new in Turkey’s new geopolitics?’

Speaker: Professor Bulent Gokay, Head of the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy from Keele University

12:15 – 12:30      Refreshments

12:30 – 13:30:

Space & Place in the Turkish Metropolis Convened by Graeme Evans and Ozlem Edizel

The main theme discussed will be the urbanisation/growth (population, land use, culture, industry etc.) of Istanbul.

This session also includes a screening of a new work by Ergin Cavusoglu featured in the 4th International Canakkale Biennial has its conceptual framework structured upon ‘1914-1918 – The Centenary of World War 1’.

13:30 – 14:30      Networking Lunch

14:30 – 16:30:

Dialogues Middlesex and Turkey Convened by Fiona Belton

A series of presentations about collaborations and partnerships between the university and external bodies:

Topics include:

Maggie Butt – Academic Partnerships

Peter Ryan – a blended learning approach to community mental health care in Turkey

Mehmet Ali Dikerdem – ‘Keep on going’ – Past & Present Partnerships

Kelami Dedezade – Turkish Supplementary Schools in the UK

16:30 – 17:00     Networking, Refreshments and Close



Water Conference 2014

This free open conference seeked to explore water through its symbolic, ecological and geopolitical functions.

This free open conference seeked to explore water through its symbolic, ecological and geopolitical functions.

The day comprised of key note speakers Ed Stourton (Journalist and Radio 4 presenter) and Dr. Abimbola O. Odumosu (Save the Children & Unicef), clips of the new BBC series ‘Sacred Rivers’, as well as presentations and posters by colleagues from across the University, together with commentaries from a number of invited experts.

Our aim was to highlight the different meanings and values placed on water as a strategic resource against a backdrop of globalisation and climate change.

This event was free and open to all staff and students.

Please watch The Water Conference Video.

Fairness Conference 2013

Middlesex experts debated the issue of ‘fairness’

21-23 May 2013

18 April 2013

Talented thinkers, researchers and academics from across disciplines at Middlesex joined keynote speakers including John Redwood MP, Bianca Jagger and honorary Middlesex graduate Will Hutton to debate and discuss the topic of fairness on the 21st May 2013..

The then current climate of economic and political strife across Europe made the need for fairness in society more pressing than ever. But is our society fair? This unique interdisciplinary conference provided an eclectic range of responses to this question, unpicking the notion of what is fair in society, and how it impacts individuals, businesses and countries. Fairness in politics, our human rights, how fairness affects creative industries, heath care and the environment was amongst the topics on the agenda.

Middlesex thought leaders across the arts, human rights law, healthcare, social sciences and many more academic areas either chaired or delivered sessions.

The conference was free and aimed at anyone with an interest in society today – from public sector managers, academics and business leaders to the general public.