Turkish Migration Conference 2015 in Prague

Caroline Brettell, Douglas Massey, Ibrahim Sirkeci


Turkish Migration Conference 2015 held at Charles University Prague, Czech Republic

29 June 2015– Prague, Czech Republic – Turkish Migration Conference 2015 proved to be a great event facilitating debates and setting the agenda for research and policy in human mobility, conflict, crises, and integration with particular reference to Turkish migrants and diaspora communities around the world as well as many studies on Syrians and other movers in Turkey. The conference ended on a high note on Saturday evening with a traditional Czech dinner at Plzenska Restaurant in Municipal House in Republic Square of Prague.

Ibrahim Sirkeci, Conference Chair and Ria Financial Professor from Regent’s University London said: “We are proud to have another successful event. This is a conference where we promote friendly and frank scholarly exchanges to foster research in the field”. The third conference in the series attracted over 200 papers from all over the world and a lively event saw nearly 140 presentations at Jinonice campus of the historic Charles University Prague in three days.

The three-day conference kicked off on Thursday morning with keynote speeches by two gurus of migration studies: Professor Douglas Massey of Princeton University and Professor Caroline Brettell of Southern Methodist University have discussed irregular migration, migration trends, citizenship, theory development. Both presented analysis drawing upon various qualitative and quantitative studies from USA. Professor Philip Martin from University of California Davis and Professor Jeffrey Cohen of Ohio State University spoke at a roundtable chaired by Professor Gudrun Biffl of Danube University in Austria. They have argued that migration is difficult to manage and there are no fixed answers. Prof Cohen and Prof Sirkeci put forth a human security and conflict based approach to better understand human mobility which was well received by the audience.

Another regular participant and session chair Dr Welat Zeydanlioglu who edits Kurdish Studies journal said that “the quality of papers presented were good and promising for the field”. In a series of studies, Dr Tuncay Bilecen, Dr Rauf Kesici, Dr Ali Tilbe, Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci, Fethiye Tilbe, all from Regent’s University London, and Pinar Yazgan of Sakarya University presented a series of linked studies underlining “the importance of studying and interpreting human mobility with a conflict perspective to be fair to the dynamic nature of population movements and processes which was very clear in the experiences of Kurdish movers from Turkey”.

Conference co-chairs and local organisers, Dr Wadim Strielkowski and Inna Cabelkova from Charles University Prague, Faculty of Humanities have underlined the growing importance of Turkish migration studies in Eastern Europe in recent years. The deputy Dean of the Faculty welcomed the participants at the opening plenary session.

Professor Ayşe Gedik from Middle East Technical University has been presented the Lifetime Contribution Award at the Gala Dinner. Professor Gedik has been known for her pioneering studies on internal migration in Turkey.

The best paper prizes of the conference were awarded to Filiz Künüroğlu from Tilburg University (Netherlands), Sherene Özyürek from Victoria University (Australia), Mevhibe Coşar from Karadeniz Technical University (Turkey), Ayla Kaşoğlu from Gazi University (Turkey), Maria Six-Hohenbalken from Vienna University (Austria), and Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu from Boğaziçi University (Turkey).

The Turkish Migration Conference was hosted by Charles University Prague in Czech Republic and supported by Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies of Regent’s University London, Gifford Centre for Population Studies of University of California Davis, Manisa Celal Bayar University, as well as Transnational Press London, University Service Publishing.

About Transnational Press London

Transnational Press London is and independent publisher of scholarly books and journals including Migration Letters, Göç Dergisi, International Economics Letters, Journal of Gypsy Studies, and Transnational Marketing Journal. Among the recent books published are Politics and Law in Turkish Migration, Family and Human Capital in Turkish Migration , and Göç ve Uyum. TPLondon will continue publishing books on Turkish Migration in a dedicated series of titles edited by Ibrahim Sirkeci.

Conference details can be seen at www.turkishmigration.com.

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Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci
Regent’s University London Centre for Transnational Studies (RCTS)
T. +44 7875211052
E-mail: sirkecii@regents.ac.uk & sirkeci@yahoo.com

Photo: clockwise: Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci, Professor Caroline Brettell, and Professor Douglas Massey
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