While shaping the political history of Turkey and the world, the popular uprising in Turkey has also challenged the social sciences and humanities to give an account of itself.
How should we understand what is happening in Turkey?
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt
Speakers:Dr Özlem Köksal, Dr Zeynep Gambetti, Dr Derya Bayir, Dr Ayça Çubukçu.
Is this as an anti-capitalist or anti-authoritarian rebellion, a struggle to Derya Bayirredefine politics and to practice direct democracy? Why should we expect it to inspire people into action beyond Turkey? Should the popular insurgency in Turkey be understood as part of a global uprising that spans the Middle East and Africa, Europe and Latin America?
More specifically, what are some of the strategies that the uprising citizens of Turkey have employed to negotiate their differences and to construct their common ground? How do they self-mobilize, arrive at decisions, and represent themselves through art, music and other media? How are political minorities shaping the extraordinary developments in Turkey with their presence or absence in the uprising?
With this open forum we aim to address these questions, as we entertain the possibility that the uprising in Turkey may constitute something new that requires us to rethink our understandings of democracy, politics and law.