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Academics in ‘Europe’ discuss the Ottoman Legacy

Britain’s leading academics teaching at Middlesex University organised a one-day “Turkey Symposium” in Europe the Ottoman’s “Legacies” were discussed.

30 years as a faculty member at the University of Middlesex, Dr. Mehmet Ali Dikerdem presented with some 20 prominent academics to discuss Turkey. As the Director of the Centre for Ideas, Professor Dana Arnold made the symposium’s opening speech.

While discussing the Ottoman Heritage Dr. Emma Dick “the Ottomans re-fashioning” exhibited by the Ottoman Golden Age of the textile and clothing laid out with photographs. Cemil Ipekci’s creations outweigh the Ottoman costumes filled out a slide show.

Bharain Mac An Bhreithiún-Bertapelli, “the Ottoman heritage of the Balkans in the City” described Sarajevo and Bucharest from the streets and gave examples of Sarajevo’s political graffiti, the Turkish Muslim Bosniaks effect and Turkey-Bosnia and close political relations were stressed.

keyif (Turkish) – the choice to enjoy life without hurrying”.

BBC in 2013 as the “The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors” series, the film director Mike Smith, talked about the impact of the Ottomans in Europe.

Dr. Tunç Aybak “The Geopolitical Turn in Turkish Foreign Policy: From Westernization to Grand Strategy” when processing, Keele University, Politics, International Relations and Philosophy Head of School Professor Bulent Gokay “Turkey’s new geopolitic innovations”.

Professor Graeme Evans and Dr. Ozlem Edizel “Space and Place in the Turkish Metropolis” issues while urbanisation in Istanbul, population, culture and discussed the developments in the industry.

Offering one of the most important film projects Ergin Cavusoglu work on submarines in the years 1914-1918, was noted.

Middlesex University’s Symposium dialogue on Turkey when describing the academic infrastructure Dr. Mehmet Ali Dikerdem, I have good relations with Middle East Technical University and Koç University that I have come into contact with. Discussions of Turkish schools in England for Kelami Dedezade in an article describing the left. Dr. Peter Ryan, raised the issue of mental health care in Turkey, Dr. Maggie Butt talked about academic partnerships.

Middlesex Univeristy in Hendon, Symposium started at 9.30am and ended at 5pm.

Written by Faruk Zabcı, Flas Haber Londra


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