the PS&IR newsletter
No 1, August 2017

This issue includes: 
Our new name, Faculty news, Department events
Political Science and International Relations at the TGU
In the name of our colleagues, we welcome you as the readers of our first newsletter. We also hope to stay in touch through future visits to our campus, participation at our seminar series and various conferences. With its new structure, the Department of Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) at the TGU is eager to develop a distinct position for itself within the Turkish and European academic space.


We aim to become a leading center for research on world and European politics, with a special emphasis also on German studies. By combining knowledge with Turkish, German and European backgrounds, PSIR-TGU has set a high target for itself, offering its students a trilingual education (German, English, Turkish) that prepares them for a global world and its issues.

Our new name

The past weeks have marked a new stage at the development of our department. Our new title, the Department of Political Science and International Relations, was approved by the Higher Education Council (YÖK), leaving the former title of Political Science and Public Administration. This will also mean a gradual change for our BA program with the same name.

At the same time, it enables us to become more involved with international and European issues in future changes to the curriculum. The new program will be the only BA study option in Turkey offering courses on international and European politics in German, English and Turkish languages, emphasizing both Turkish-German University’s (TGU) and our department’s distinct position within the Turkish academic landscape.
A short look at our faculty's research and projects
Assoc. Prof. Dr.Thomas Krumm, one of our two long-term German colleagues in the department, has published two books in the past months. The first books is on “The Politics of Public–Private Partnerships in Western Europe - Comparative Perspectives” (Edwar Elgard Publishing) and the other on the subject of public-private partnerships in German “Staatlichkeit im Wandel - Öffentlich-private Partner-schaften im internationalen Vergleich” (Nomos)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz Kuru’s article on“Who f(o)unded IR: American philanthropies and the discipline of International Relations in Europe” was published by the journal “International Relations” (volume 31, no. 1, 2017). He has another forthcoming article with All Azimuth, titled “Homegrown Theorizing: Knowledge, Scholars, Theory."

Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan and Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners have been awarded Jean Monnet Module by the European Commission. The module concept entitled “INSITER – Inside the Turkey- EU Relations” will be able to bring to the TGU EU funds and new research and education opportunities. 


Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan has a co-authored chapter (with Emirhan Yorulmazlar) on "Turkish Foreign Policy towards the Arab Spring: Between Western Orientation and Regional Disorder", in Bülent Aras and Fuat Keyman (eds.), Turkey, the Arab Spring and Beyond, (London: Routled-ge), pp. 89-104, 2017. She also published an article on “Turkey’s EU Accession Process: Do Member States Matter?” in “Journal of Contemporary European Studies” (vol. 24, no. 4, 2016) as well as another piece (co-authored with Çiğdem Bozdağ on "From 'Economic Consequences' to the 'Personal Impact' Frame: Representation of Turkey in the German Media", in Banu Hawks (ed.), Framing Violence: Conflicting Images, Identities, and Discourses, (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press), pp. 94-110, 2016. In a book series co-edited by Dr. Turhan, a new book on Turkey's potential as an energy hub was published whose co-authors include Prof. Wessels, our German coordinator from the University of Cologne. 
Events at the Department 
Photos from the study trip of Summer 2016. All our first year students took part in it. One of our visits was to the European Parliament (left) the day after the Brexit referendum. In Berlin we visited the Turkish Embassy (right) and various Federal Ministries as well as the Federal Chancellery.
Last summer we organized our first study trip with all the students of the first year. The two-week event was part of the course taught by Prof. Wessels and Dr. Kuru on comparative political systems of Germany and Turkey. The trip included stays in Cologne, Berlin, Brussels as well as visits to Bonn and Düsseldorf. In some fifteen days, we were able to meet German, European and Turkish representatives who informed
us on the structure of various institutions including the European Parliament, the Turkish Embassy in Berlin and the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. At the same time, TGU students were able to participate in simulation exercises with their peers at the University of Cologne. We plan similar trips for the next generations of TGU political science students.

We organized a series of talks at the Department including our flying faculty professors. 

During his TGU stay, Prof. Dr. Johannes Hobe from the University of Cologne gave a talk on the European Union’s legal structure. This event was co-organized with our colleagues from the Faculty of Law.


Prof. André Kaiser (University of Cologne) gave even two talks, one on his latest research project and the other (which was also our first live broadcast via Facebook) on how to get published in international academic journals. 


In cooperation with Prof. Wessels’ SUMMIT project, based at the University of Cologne, our department organized a roundtable on the role of the European Council in the Turkish acccession and the Brexit process. Prof. Wessels and Asst. Prof. Dr. Turhan discussed these issues, with Asst. Prof. Dr. Kuru moderating the panel. 

"New political challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU 2017 - IV"
Joint Conference of the Turkish German University and the University of Cologne

"Photo after the symposium, May 26, 2017"

Our 4th annual symposium on “New political challenges for Germany Turkey and EU” took place on May 26, 2017 in our university's new conference hall, gathering experts from Germany and Turkey as well as various guests from a number of countries. 

After the opening speeches by Prof. Dr. Philip Kunig (TGU's Faculty of Law) and the DAAD representative Dr. Wiebke Bachmann, Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mrs. Saadet Oruç held the keynote speech on Turkish-German-EU relations (the three photos below, clockwise).
The symposium had three main panels. The first panel was titled "Present and F(e)uture of EU-Turkey Relations" and organized in cooperation with the FEUTURE project. Chaired by TGU's Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners, it included Doruk Ergun (Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies / EDAM), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bahar Rumelili (Koç University), Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan (Turkish-German University) and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels (CETEUS, University of Cologne and TGU faculty and department coordinator as well as Concortium-TGU's vice-president).

The second panel dealt with the topic of "EU, Turkey and the Economy." Chaired by Prof. Dr. Ferda Halıcıoğlu (Medeniyet University), it included TGU's Asst. Prof. Dr. Emre Çekin, Prof. Dr. Öner Günçavdı (Istanbul Technical University), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çiğdem Nas (Economic Development Foundation Istanbul) and TGU's Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elif Nuroğlu.

The last panel was about "New Actors, New System, New Era? World Politics 2017" and chaired by TGU's Asst. Prof. Dr. Enes Bayraklı, including as speakers Prof. Dr. Atila Eralp (Middle East Technical University/METU), Johannes Müller Gomez (CETEUS, University of Cologne), TGU's Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz Kuru and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas (Bilkent University).

This year, the Turkish-German University had its first graduation ceremony, with the first BA graduates coming from the Business Management and Law programs. The ceremony was attended by our Rector Prof. Dr. Halil Akkanat, the DAAD Secretary General Dr. Dorothea Rüland, the President of our German coordinating committee TDU-Konsortium Mrs. Rita Süssmuth, the Vice-President of YÖK Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, our DAAD coordinator Prof. Dr. İzzet Furgaç (first line in the photo from left to right), our deans, German coordinators, faculty, as well as the graduating students and their families. Our first BA graduates are scheduled to participate in the 2019 ceremony.

We are planning one general seminar series on topics related to Political Science and International Relations. In this regard, we would like to have a monthly guest-speaker series that enables us to share ongoing academic projects with our colleagues who work at various universities in the Istanbul area. If you are interested in sharing your research with us and other colleagues, please send us an email that summarizes your paper. 
A second regular series will run on IR theory, more narrowly conceived. If you are a (assistant, associate or full) professor at a university in Istanbul area, and want to share a paper with an audience interested in IR theory, please send us the topic of your paper. In case you have advanced doctoral students, you can also recommend them for this IR theory series. 
Do not forget to check our social media presence. All the links are provided below.
Our Facebook page offers regular updates in English, German and Turkish. The YouTube link has a Turkish-language promotion video of our BA program.  The university website may undergo some changes during the summer, after which it will have a new and broader content. The other media offer university-wide information.
For questions and comments, do not hesitate to contact the head of department, Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz Kuru.
Türk-Alman Üniversitesi | Türkisch-Deutsche Universität |  Turkish-German University
Department of Political Science and International Relations
Şahinkaya Cad. 86 - 34820 Beykoz / İSTANBUL
Phone: +90 216 33 33 226
Fax: +90 216 33 33 105
E-Mail: (for general inquiries) or
   (Department Chair, Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz Kuru)

The general content is based on the information provided by individual members of the department.
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