Crisis or Transformation? Understanding Turkey in aftermath of Gezi



Crisis or Transformation?

Understanding Turkey in the aftermath of Gezi


Organized by

Sabancı University and

Hertie School of Governance, Berlin


Monday, February 24, 2014

7:00-8:30pm, FASS 2034



  • Lale Akgün, MP from Social Democratic Party of Germany, 2002-2009, and Writer
  • Ruprecht Polenz, Former Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, German Bundestag
  • Kadri Gürsel, Columnist, Milliyet Daily and the Chair of the Turkish National Committee, International Press Institute.


  • Prof. İlker Birbil, Sabancı University, MSIE
  • Cem Tüzün, Spokesperson of the Neighborhood Associations, "Taksim Solidarity” (Taksim Dayanışma)
  • Can Atalay, Lawyer of the Chamber of the Architects of Turkey (Mimarlar Odası) and the Taksim Dayanışma

Moderators: Işık Özel, Sabancı University and Baha Güngör, Deutsche Welle

Participants: Students and faculty members from Hertie School of Governance and Sabancı University and activists.


The panel will focus on the recent developments in Turkish politics and social movements in Turkey with a specific emphasis on the Gezi process and its aftermath. The panel is organized in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin with the participation of Hertie students and faculty, as well as politicians and journalists. It will be undertaken simultaneously in Berlin and Istanbul, two venues will be linked via video conference.