In this one-day conference, the University of Westminster and Istanbul Bilgi will come together to present a conference examining democracy, identity and foreign policy. 

Hosted at Istanbul University, the conference will bring together academics from the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster and the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi to share through leadership on contemporary populism.

Scholars and students who are not from Bilgi University can attend by registering their interest with Hatice Sonmez.

Programme

9.45am-10am Introductory Remarks 

  • Dibyesh Anand, Head of Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster and Pınar Uyan-Semerci, Head of Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University

10am-11.30am Populism, the State, Minorities and the Crisis of Secularism

  • Chair: Associate Professor Pınar Uyan-Semerci

Desecularization and Islamization of the State in Turkey under the AKP Rule

  • Professor Ayhan Kaya, Jean Monnet Chair, Department of International Relations and European Institute, Istanbul Bilgi University

Right Wing Populism and the New Global India

  • Dr Nitasha Kaul, Centre for the Study of Democracy-Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster

Alevis at the European Court of Human Rights: Prospects and Consequences

  • Professor Murat Borovalı, Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University

11.30am-1pm Populism, Leadership and Democracy

  • Chair: Professor Gencer Özcan

Narratives of Populism and the Iranian state: Populist Discourses from Ahmadinejad to Rouhani 

  • Dr Farhang Morady and Dr Thomas Moore, Centre for the Study of Democracy-Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster

Populism through Foreign Policy Discourse: A Critical Discourse Analysis of President Erdogan’s Election Speeches

  • Associate Professor Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Jean Monnet Chair, Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University

Populism, the State and Representative Democracy: Social Movements in Senegal

  • Dr Hannah Cross, Centre for the Study of Democracy-Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster

The World According to Ahmet Davutoğlu

  • Assistant Professor Mehmet Ali Tuğtan, Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University

1pm-2pm Lunch

2pm-3.30pm Beyond the Domestic-Foreign Policy Divide

  • Chair: Associate Professor Emre Erdoğan

Turkish Strategy in the Era of Middle Eastern Instability: Populism as an Instrument

  • Associate Professor Yaprak Gürsoy, Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University

“Othering China”: The role of China Threat in India’s Emerging Power Identity

  • Dr Ipshita Basu, Centre for the Study of Democracy-Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster

The role of Populist Nationalisms in China and India in Legitimizing Colonial Imperatives of the States in Tibet and Kashmir

  • Dr Dibyesh Anand, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and the Head of Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster

3.30pm-4pm Concluding Remarks 

  • By Dibyesh Anand and Senem Aydın-Düzgit