SEMINAR: “Turkey – Armenia Relations Within The Framework of EU”, 12 May, Tuesday, at Bogazici University Demir Demirgil Hall

seminarTURKEY – ARMENIA RELATIONS

Within The Framework of EU

12 May 2015

Center for European Studies Students Forum,

Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

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Boğaziçi University Center for European Studies Student Forum (CESSF) cordially invites you to the  Seminar: “Turkey – Armenia Relations Within The Framework of EU” which will be held on 12 May 2015 at Boğaziçi University, South Campus, Demir Demirgil Hall. The language of the Seminar will be English. There will not be provided translation. The Seminar is open to all university students, including foreign exchange students, who are pursuing an undergraduate or a graduate degree in Turkey, Europe or overseas regardless of their country of origin or their age. The event is free of charge. In order to be a participant, please find the application form attached here. The filled application forms must be submitted to acmof@boun.edu.tr before 11 May 2015 by applicants.

If you have any questions about the application process or the conference itself, please do not hesitate to contact us through acmof@boun.edu.tr.

Turkey  Armenia Relations Within the Framework of the EU 

12 May 2015, Tuesday

 

Center for European Studies Student Forum,

Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

Venue: Boğaziçi University, South Campus, Demir Demirgil Hall

09.00  09.15: Registration

09.15  09.45: Opening Speech & Welcoming Remarks

Merve Tekgürler

Boğaziçi University, Center for European Studies Student Forum Coordinator

09.45  11.15: 1st Session & Questions/Answers

Chair / Speaker: Ahmet Unal Cevikoz

Former Ambassador of Turkey to the UK

The Analysis and Discussion of the EU Progress Reports on Turkey-Armenia Relations

Cengiz Aktar

Sabancı University, Senior Scholar of Istanbul Policy Center, Columnist on Taraf and Today’s Zaman

The Perception of Both Peoples on These Issues

Sona Dilanyan

Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation, Deputy Director

11.15  11.40: Coffee Break

11.40  13.10: 2nd Session & Questions/Answers

Chair / Speaker: Ahmet Unal Cevikoz

Former Ambassador of Turkey to the UK

The Question of Re-Opening the Borders from an Economic Perspective

Noyan Soyak

Vice Chairman at Turkish Armenian Business Development Council

13.10  13.25: Closing

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Türkiye Soma işçileri için yas tutuyor..|Turkey mourning for Soma workers..

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13 Mayıs 2014, Salı, saat 15.00’da Türkiye’nin Manisa ilinin Soma ilçesindeki maden ocağında çıkan yangın nedeniyle yaklaşık 700 maden işçisi madende mahsur kaldı. Havalandırma ve taşıma sisteminin arızalanması ve yangın sonucunda çıkan karbonmonoksit gazının madenin derinliklerine yayılmasıyla 300’e yakın işçi zehirlenerek hayatını kaybetti. Yetkililer yangının nedeni belli olmayan bir sebeple başlamış olma ihtimalinden söz ederken şirket sahibi de taşeronlaşma iddialarını yalanlamaktadır. Türkiye’de iş güvenliğini tartışmak ve büyük şirketleri protesto etmek dahi hükümete muhalif olup milli iradeye karşı gelmek olarak algılanıyor. Türkiye Ekonomi Politikaları Araştırma Vakfı TEPAV’ın hazırladığı ‘Madenlerde Yaşanan İş Kazaları ve Sonuçları Üzerine Bir Değerlendirme’ raporundan çıkan sonuçlara göre aynı kömürü çıkarmak için ABD’de 1, Çin’de 64, Türkiye’de ise 361 kişi ölüyor.

In 13 May 2014, Tuesday, at 15.00, approximately 700 mine workers were trapped in Soma Coal due to a fire which is located in Soma district, Manisa city, Turkey. Since the ventilation and elevator system has broken and since the carbon monoxide gas emerged in fire has spreaded to the deep sides of the mine, approximately 300 mine workers have lost their lifes by poisoning. While the state officers were implying that the reason for fire would be uncertain causes, the owners of the coal mine are denying the claims such sub-contraction. In Turkey, even to discuss the safety of workers and protesting the big companies in this regard are understood as an opposition to the AKP government and to the national will. According to results which are appeared in a report ‘An Evaluation over the Job Accidents in Mines and their Results’ that was prepared by TEPAV, in order to extract the same coal, in USA 1 worker, in China 64 workers and in Turkey 361 workers are dying.

European Weekend School 2014

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EUROPEAN WEEKEND SCHOOL 2014


“Minority Rights Protection in the EU”

15-17 May 2014

Center for European Studies

“Jean Monnet Center of Excellence”
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

EWS 2014 is funded by Açık Toplum Vakfı (Open Society Foundation)

Center for European Studies Student Forum (CESSF) cordially invites you to the 11th European Weekend School (EWS 2014) which will be held on 15 – 17 May 2014 at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. EWS is an international certificate program that brings together undergraduate and graduate students from all over Europe; and enables them to exchange opinions with distinguished politicians, bureaucrats, academics, representatives of NGO’s, and leading journalists.

EWS 2014 will be held this year with 40 participants from both European countries and exchange students in Turkey, which will be executed on the principle of deliberative discussion, based on the idea of enabling interaction between participants and speakers during the panels and to involve every participant directly to the discussion of topics in the student workshops. The conference will be conducted through the topics of:

  • A Historical Overview to the EU: the Legal and Institutional Protection of Minority Rights
  • Different Policies towards Minorities in the EU’s Member States
  • Minority Rights Protection in the EU’s Foreign Policy: towards Candidate States and Third Parties

Besides the panels and student workshops that will be held for 2 days, there will be social programmes including a cocktail prolongé and a boat trip for participants to enjoy the glorious view of Bosphorus at night.

EWS 2014 is open to all university students, including foreign exchange students, who are pursuing an undergraduate or a graduate degree in Turkey, Europe or overseas regardless of their country of origin or their age.  The application process has already been over. Thanks for your attention.

Participants will have to pay a participation fee of 120 Euros after they arrive. The participants who won’t be accommodating in our premises will have to pay a participation fee of 75 Euros upon their arrival.

The panels, workshopsfood, social programme and accommodation expenses of the participants will be covered by the organization.

Besides the dinners, lunches, intercultural activities and many other things, the social programme of the organization also includes a cocktail prolongé and a party on a boat trip at Bosphorus.

Travel costs need to be covered by the participants.

If you have any questions about the application process or the conference itself, please do not hesitate to contact us through acmof@boun.edu.tr.

We look forward to seeing you at our conference EWS 2014!

Contact Information:

Tel:      +90 555 498 17 20  (Ceren Günel, Ms.)

            +90 212 359 74 51 (Irmak Çelik, Ms.)

E-mail: acmof@boun.edu.tr

Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/ews2014

PROGRAMME

EUROPEAN WEEKEND SCHOOL 2014

“Minority Rights Protection in the EU”

15-17 May 2014

Center for European Studies

“Jean Monnet Center of Excellence”

Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

In memory of Osman Tuncel…

15 May 2014, Thursday

10.00 – 10.30: Opening                                   

10.30 – 11.00: Welcoming Remarks

11.00 – 11.30: Keynote Addresses

11.30 – 11.45: Q & A

11.45 – 12.00: Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.30: Panel 1

“A Historical Overview to the EU: the Legal and Institutional Protection of Minority Rights”

Chair: Başak Kale

Boğaziçi University, Professor

Kinga Gal

European Parliament, Member

Tawhida Ahmed

University of Reading, Professor

Kristin Henrard

Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Professor

13.30 – 14.00: Q & A

14.00 – 15.30: Lunch

15.30 – 16.30: Parallel Sessions 1 (Student Workshops)

16.30 – 19.00: Free Time

19.00 – 23.00: Cocktail Prolongé

16 May 2014, Friday

10.00 – 11.30: Panel 2

“Different Policies towards Minorities in the EU’s Member States”

Chair: Fleur van Leeuwen

Boğaziçi University, Professor

Giovanni Poggeschi

University of Salento, Professor

Guido Schwellnus

University of Vienna, Professor

David J. Galbreath

University of Bath, Professor 

11.30 – 11.45: Q & A

11.45 – 12.00: Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.00: Parallel Sessions 2 (Student Workshops)

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 15.30: Panel 3

“Minority Rights Protection in the EU’s Foreign Policy: towards Candidate States and Third Parties”

Chair: Dilek Çınar

Boğaziçi University, Professor

Jens Woelk

University of Trento, Professor

Samim Akgönül

University of Strasbourg, Professor

Gözde Yılmaz

Atılım University, Professor

15.30 – 15.45: Q & A

15.45 – 16.00: Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.00: Parallel Sessions 3 (Student Workshops)

17.00 – 19.00: Free Time

19.00 – 23.00: Departure from Bebek for Ferry Party on the Bosphorus

17 May 2014, Saturday

10.00 – 11.00: Presentations by Parallel Session Delegates

11.00 – 11.45: CESSF Student Presentations

“History and Politics of Modern Turkey

“History of Turkey-EU Relations

“Current Situation in Turkey-EU Relations

11.45 – 12.00: Q & A

12.00 – 12.30: Evaluation

12.30 – 13.00: Closing Remarks and Certificate Ceremony

#BerkinElvanÖlümsüzdür!|Berkin Elvan is our honour and he is immortal!

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14 yaşındaki Berkin Elvan, 16 Haziran’da Taksim’de Gezi Parkı protestoları yaşanırken Okmeydanı’nda bir polis tarafından ateşlenen biber gazı bombasının basına isabet etmesiyle yaralandı. O, bizzat hükümet tarafından yönlendirilen polis kuvvetlerinin acımasız saldırılarında yaralanan binlerce insandan biriydi. Oysaki Berkin Elvan protestolara katılmamış, yaralandığında yalnızca ekmek almak için sokağa çıkmıştı. 269 gündür komada yaşam mücadelesi veren Berkin’in durumu gittikçe ağırlaşıyordu. 16 kiloya düşmüş olan Berkin’in bu sabah 07.00’da öldüğü bildirildi. Berkin’in ölmesiyle 2013’te Gezi Parkı’nda başlayan ve tüm Türkiye’ye yayılan hükümet karşıtı gösterilerde hayatını kaybedenlerin sayısı 8’e ulaştı. Taksim yayalaştırma projesi kapsamında Gezi Parkı’nın yıkılmasına karşı başlatılan çevreci protestolar polis şiddeti karşısında hükümet karşıtı gösterilere evrilmiş ve tüm ülkeye yayılmıştı. Gezi Parkı’nda hayatını kaybedenleri saygıyla anıyoruz: Mehmet Ayvalıtaş, Berkin Elvan, Ali İsmail Korkmaz, Medeni Yıldırım, Hasan Ferit Gedik, Ahmet Atakan, Ethem Sarısülük ve Abdullah Cömert, huzur içinde uyuyun!

14-year-old ‪Berkin Elvan was struck on the head by a tear-gas canister fired by police on June 16th in the Istanbul district of Okmeydanı during the Gezi Park mass demonstrations. He was one of thousands of people hurt due to the brutal attacks of police force executed by the directives of government itself. The boy was not a protestor; instead he was on his way to buy bread when he was wounded. He was in a coma trying to survive fighting infections and high fever for 269 days. He was 16 kg (35lb) when he died today, at 07.00 am. His death is the eighth linked to last year’s mass anti-government protests, which began in Gezi Park, Istanbul, and then spread across Turkey. The protesters were initially angered by plans to raze Gezi Park and redevelop it, but the police crackdown galvanized anti-government demonstrators in several cities. This is to commemorate 8 Gezi Park victims: Rest in peace Mehmet Ayvalıtaş, Berkin Elvan, Ali İsmail Korkmaz, Medeni Yıldırım, Hasan Ferit Gedik, Ahmet Atakan, Ethem Sarısülük, and Abdullah Cömert!