The Republic in Turkey and France
History and Evolution of the French and Turkish Republican Systems in a European Perspective
23 & 24 October 2008
Istanbul Bilgi University-santralistanbul
French and Turkish Comparative Seminar
organized within the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union by
the European Institute of Istanbul Bilgi University,
the French Institute of Anatolian Studies (IFEA) in Istanbul
and the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies
23 October 2008: 9.30 – 11.15 AM
-9.30 – 10.15 AM : Official speeches by :
-Mr. Aydın Uğur, Rector of Istanbul Bilgi University,
-Ms. Nora Şeni, Director of IFEA.
-Mr. Bernard Emié, Ambassador of France in Turkey.
-10.15 – 11. AM : Keynote speeches :
-Mr. Yaşar Yakış, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Turkey-EU Harmonization Parliamentary Commission, Co-Chairman of the Turkey-France İnterparliamentary Friendship Group at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.
-Mr. Hubert Haenel, Senator, President of the Commission of European Affairs at the French Senate.
-11. – 11.15 AM : Presentation of the seminar
-Ayhan Kaya, Director of the European Institute of Istanbul Bilgi University) and Jean Marcou, Director of OVIPOT – the Observatory of the Turkish Political Life - at IFEA.
23 October 2008: 11.15 AM – 13. 30 PM
Theme 1: Aspects of the Republic through a French and Turkish Comparative Analysis
Moderator: Şule Kut, Professor of Political Science at Istanbul Bilgi University.
-Republic in the French and Turkish Constitutions, by Ibrahim Kaboğlu, Professor at Marmara University (Istanbul).
-Republic in France: ideology and symbols, by Olivier Ihl, Professor of Political Science and Director of Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (France).
-The elites and the Republic: the Turkish and French Cases, by Nicolas Monceau, Lecturer of political Science at Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (France).
23 October 2008: 1.30 PM – 14.30 PM
Lunch at santralistanbul
23 October 2008: 14.30 PM – 18.00 PM
Theme 2: Adaptation of Republican Models in the European Democratic Context
Moderator: Ayhan Kaya, Associate Professor, Director of the European Institute of Istanbul Bilgi University.
-The Hellenic Republic: Nation State building, religious identity, democratisation and European integration, by Nikos Sigalas, Researcher at IFEA (Istanbul).
-The German “semi-sovereign State” another model to look at by Joerg Baudner, Lecturer of Political Sciences at Istanbul Bilgi University.
-The Republic of Turkey: modernisation, democratic issue and candidacy to the European Union, Soli Özel, Lecturer, International Relations Department at Istanbul Bilgi University.
-French Republic: republican principles and their adaptation to Europe, by Henri Oberdorff, Professor at Pierre Mendes France University of Grenoble and former Director of Sciences Po Grenoble (France).
23 October 2008: 18.30
Reception at the Palais de France (Beyoğlu)-
24 October 2008: 9.30 AM – 13:00 PM
Theme 3: Concrete examples of debates concerning the Republic issue in Turkey and France
Moderator: Alexandre Toumarkine, Scientific Secretary of the IFEA.
-Republic and History. Coming to term with the past, by Mithat Sancar, Professor at Ankara University
-The headscarf issue in France and Turkey, by Jean Marcou, Director of the OVIPOT (Observatory of Turkish Political Life) at IFEA (Istanbul), Professor at Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (France).
-The Turkish Republic and secularism, by Fazıl Sağlam, Professor at Maltepe University (Istanbul).
-The issue of compulsory « religious culture » courses in Turkey, by Recep Kaymakcan, Professor at Sakarya University.
-The Secularist Republic and the religious education in France and abroad, by Jean-Paul Burdy, Assistant Professor at Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (France).
24 October 2008: 1 PM – 14.30 PM
Lunch at santralistanbul
24 October 2008: 14.30 PM – 17.30 PM
Theme 4: Republics, citizenships and migrations
Moderator: Ferhat Kentel, Professor of Political Science at Istanbul Bilgi University.
-Citizenship in France at the time of foreigners’ residence conditions and Nationality reforms by Riva Kastoryano, Professor of Sociology and Senior researcher at the CERI- Sciences Po Paris.
-Citizenship, migratory flows and Nationality reform, by Ayhan Kaya, Associate Professor, Director of the European Institute of Istanbul Bilgi University.
-The Portuguese Migrants in France, by Brigitte Jelen, Assistant Professor at Fatih University (Istanbul).
24 October 2008: 18:00 PM
Visit of santralistanbul Museum
-Simultaneous interpretation in French/Turkish will be provided throughout the event.