Dear Friends,


We would like to welcome you all to the 11th newsletter of the European Institute of İstanbul Bilgi University. This issue contains information on the Institute’s activities, publications, conferences, workshops, graduate programs, research, social outreach projects and opinions of our staff and intern.

The newsletter starts with the depiction of our ongoing projects and activities carried out in 2018 by the European Institute, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Senem Aydın-Düzgit (our partner from Sabanci University in Horizon 2020 FEUTURE project), Dr. Meltem Sancak (TUBITAK Fellow), and Dr. Özge Onursal-Beşgül and Dr. Mehmet Ali Tuğtan from the Department of International Relations. The first part also includes an interview with Gülperi Vural (former Project Manager of the European Institute) as well as news from our students, conferences and meetings.


This newsletter is designated as a special edition as we are in the final stages of the Horizon 2020 project titled “Critical Heritages: performing and representing identities in Europe” (CoHERE). To share our research findings and important innovative developments, the second part of this newsletter will focus on the CoHERE project, which investigates the significance of heritage and representations in Europe. In the CoHERE framework, we will illustrate how populist political movements have gained momentum across Europe based on our research. We will discuss the significance of culture, tolerance and diversity in Europe and in Turkey. Following these opinion pieces from our staff and guest writers, we will discuss the rising significance of digital education in social sciences drawing on the e-book for secondary school students that was produced as a part of the CoHERE project. This will also demonstrate how culture and heritage can be represented in a digital era.


On this occasion, we would like to express our appreciation to the Rectorate and the Board of Trustees of İstanbul Bilgi University for their constant endorsement of the Institute. But most importantly, we would like to express our gratefulness to you all for your interest in the European Institute. We wish you all a pleasant New Year…


Prof. Dr. Ayhan Kaya                                                                Prof. Dr. Yeşim M. Atamer

Director, European Institute                                                    Vice-Director, European Institute