Under the motto „Wissenschaft bewegt: German-Turkish Relations“ the University of Bremen and the Bremen University of Applied Sciences are jointly holding the third “Turkey Week”. From 10th to 16th of November scholars and scientists, media professionals, and writers from Germany and Turkey will be putting on a variety of events designed to illustrate how science shapes, promotes, and critically appraises relations between the two countries.
German-Turkish Science Year
This year’s Turkey Week takes place within a special international context: It is part of the German-Turkish science Year being held under the motto 'Science Bridging Nations' initiated by the German Rectors’ Conference, the German Academic Exchange Office, and the Turkish Council of Universities. The aim is to make the academic relations between the two countries more visible and promote new cooperation.
What role do the media play with regard to recognition or deformation in an immigrant society? How strong is the women's (rights) movement in Turkey? What are the opportunities and hurdles facing Turkish students in Germany? These are just some of the issues that will be discussed between experts and members of the public in the many workshops, discussion forums, and lectures.
Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran, a columnist and journalist critical of the present regime, will be reading from her book “What good is the revolution to me if I’m not allowed to dance”. The book tells the story of four women who meet on a road trip from Tunis to Beirut during the Arab Spring. The bilingual reading will take place in Haus der Wissenschaft from 8.00 pm to 9.30 pm on 11th November.
On Saturday 15th November, former women’s rights activist Hülya Adak from Sabanci University, Istanbul, will be holding a talk on the issues of non-violence and dictatorship. Part of the series “Wissen vor 11” it will take place in Haus der Wissenschaft.
European politics is also on the agenda. In EuropaPunktBremen, scholars, politicians, and journalists will discuss the probability of Turkey becoming a member of the European Union following parliamentary elections in Europe and Turkey.
As part of the cultural program, City46 will be screening three Turkish films, among them the documentary film “Gözdagi”, which covers the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Istanbul from the perspective of a protestor.
In a fitting conclusion to the Turkey week there is a concert with the alluring title “Tales from Enchanted Gardens”. The duo Mehmet Ergin (guitar) and Zoltán Lantos (violin) combine music with short stories taken from oriental mysticism. The concert will be held on 15th November at 8.00 pm in the Kulturkirche St. Stefanie. Tickets will be on sale on the evening in the Kulturkirche. Price: 15€/ 10€.
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Prof. Dr. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu
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