218 Session Cancelled: Europeanization, Legal Reform and The Politics Of Tolerance In Turkey

Thursday, June 27, 2013: 11:00 AM-12:45 PM
2.04 (Binnengasthuis)
Amidst the states of instability that characterize Europe as well as Turkey-EU relations, "Europeanization" continues to be a catchword in academic and policy discourses in Turkey to refer to various realms of legal reform, from the recognition of cultural rights for minorities to migration and cultural policy initiatives. Sometimes used to refer strictly to compliance with EU accession criteria, other times more broadly to designate the existence of increased levels of tolerance and multiculturalism, the current scholarship around Europeanization primarily assesses evidence of the extent to which this process is occurring without necessarily examining the normative assumptions underlying concepts like multiculturalism or tolerance, or without examining the slippages that occur around this concept, for example, the association of Europeanization with "postnationalism."  This panel seeks to cast a critical light on such assessments of multiculturalism and postnationalism associated with Europeanization in the legal realm in Turkey, and particularly as they pertain to: the politics of tolerance with regard to minorities; freedom of expression in the art world; and the proposed draft law that will reconfigure Turkey's international migration regime. While such legal reforms in the context of Europeanization are often equated with democratization and sometimes with postnationalism, the papers for this proposed panel will seek to unravel the ways in which they also serve to manage difference and diversity to the exclusion of more radical rights claims for migrants, minorities and artists, as well as the ways in which they consolidate the current government’s power.
Lale Yalcin-Heckmann
Lami Bertan Tokuzlu
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