Final event of European Institute’s TÜBİTAK Project “Living with indeterminacy: being an undocumented migrant in Istanbul”

“Routes of hope: Transitions and destinations in global migration flows”


Date: February 8 -9, 2018

Venue: IFEA, Tomtom Mahallesi, Nur-i Ziya Sk. No:10, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Convener: Meltem Sancak, İstanbul Bilgi University



Day 1: February 8

Introduction: Migration and hope in and beyond Turkey

09:30               Bayram Balci (IFEA-Istanbul)

09:45               Ayhan Kaya (Istanbul Bilgi University-European Institute)

10:00               Meltem Sancak (Istanbul Bilgi University-EI, MPI Halle-Germany)

Central Asia(n)’s Gendered Directions of Hope

10:30               Discussion

11:00               Coffee Break

Syrian Dilemmas: Directions of hope, spaces of hopelessness

11:30               Duygu Topcu (Max Planck Institute Halle-Germany)

Re-negotiating gender roles: Syrian refugee families between hope and uncertainty

12:00               Souad Osseiran (Mercator Fell.-IPC Sabanci University, Istanbul)

Spaces of perseverance, spaces of hope: Syrian refugees' migrations to Europe

12:30               Discussion

13:00               Lunch Break

Hope and despair: Exclusion and deportation as migrant fates

14:30               Zahir Musa (Max Planck Institute Halle-Germany)

When hope turns to Despair: Narratives of Exclusion Practices of Migrants of Middle Eastern and African Backgrounds in Halle Saale, Germany 

15:00               Dorte Thorsen (University of Sussex, UK)

Hope, deportation and death. Unexpected turns of migrant journeys from West Africa

15:30               Discussion

16:00               Coffee Break

Hope giver(s) in foreign land(s)

16:30               Dominik Müller (University of Zurich-ISEK)

Chancing Faces of Home-post-migrant everyday negotiations of islamic practice and belonging.

17:00               Armand Aupiais (Urmis (Paris Diderot), aMiMo (IFEA), Istanbul

Hope as a ritual device in meso-level migration institutions. International immigrants' evangelical testimonies in Istanbul.

17:30               Discussion

18:30               Dinner


Day 2: February 9

Promising Homeland(s): the case of Kazak repatriates

09:30               Peter Finke (University of Zurich-ISEK)

Diffused hopes and despairs: Kazak repatriates from Mongolia

10:00               Indira Alibayeva Max Planck Institute Halle-Germany)

Between uncertainty and hope: ethnic return migration in Kazakhstan

10:30               Discussion

11:00               Coffee Break

Regimes of undoing hope: European migration politics

11:30               Andreas Dafinger (Central European University, Budapest)

Deterrence and Disillusionment. Approaches to international migration in Hungary (and beyond).

12:00               Günther Schlee (Max Planck Institute Halle-Germany)

The Max Planck Initiative 'The Challenges of Migration, Integration and Exclusion': An Overview

12:30               Discussion

13:00               Closing remarks

The workshop requires registration. To register, please email: and bring your id card with you.