Call for Papers - PhD Workshop The European Union, Turkey and its wider neighbourhood: challenges and opportunities


October 17-18, 2017
Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Barcelona, Spain 

Several interconnected crises are profoundly affecting relations between the European Union and Turkey. The refugee crisis, the failed coup attempt in Turkey of July 2016, the UK’s aspiration to exit the European Union, Turkey’s Constitutional referendum, bilateral tensions between Turkey and individual EU Member States, the unravelling neighbourhood and rising Eurosceptic trends on both sides are just the most recent examples. Although Turkey has always been an integral part of Europe’s history, a contrasting mix of conflict and cooperation, has been at the heart of the dense relationship between Turkey and the European project from the outset.

Understanding EU-Turkey relations and respective challenges and opportunities of the past and future requires a comprehensive approach of analysing different thematic dimensions, i.e. politics, economics, security, energy and climate, migration as well as identity and culture. Assessing factors that affect the relationship on different levels of analysis – such as the EU, Turkey, the neighbourhood and the global level – underlying historical narratives as well as positions of individual EU Member States seems to be of key importance.

This two-day PhD Workshop, organized within the context of the projects FEUTURE (Horizon 2020) and TRIANGLE (Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies, funded by Stiftung Mercator), both coordinated by the Center for Turkey and European Union Studies at University of Cologne, is meant to provide a solid platform for junior researchers to discuss their research with their peers and senior academic colleagues.

Papers are welcomed from PhD students of political science, international relations as well as economics, history, law and social sciences dealing with topics related to the EU, Turkey and the wider neighbourhood in the context of EU-Turkey relations.

Participants are additionally invited to attend the FEUTURE Mid-term Conference, which will take place at Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in order to discuss the future of EU-Turkey relations with stakeholders from Turkey, the EU and its Member States as well as the academic community. 

Please send your extended abstracts and your CV to Eva Binkert ( and Betül Sakinir ( before the submission deadline, August 1, 2017, 12:00h. Extended abstracts (max. 500 words) should include research relevance and question(s), contribution to the literature and methodology to be applied. 

Closing date

Opportunity type

Calls for Proposals