Spatial Imaginations of Turkey and Europe

28/07/2021
CALL FOR PAPERS
Special Issue (Spring 2023)
on
“Spatial Imaginations of Turkey and Europe”
Guest Editor: Prof. Thomas Diez
 
Uluslararası İlişkiler is pleased to announce a special issue on “Spatial Imaginations of Turkey and Europe”.
Over the past decade, the discipline of International Relations has seen an increasing focus on the role of space and how space is thought of and articulated in territorial and non-territorial terms, in academia as well as politics. There are few places in which such spatial imaginations seem to be more relevant than in relations between Turkey and Europe. Ranging from constructions of the Bosporus as the boundary between “Europe” and “Asia” to debates over migrants of Turkish descent being part of EU member state “cultures”, contestations over the extension of Exclusive Economic Zones and continental shelves in the Eastern Mediterranean, commemorations of “the Turks at the gates of Vienna”, varying tourist routes to the Turkish coast; proposals of concentric circles and privileged partnership in EU membership negotiations, Turkey as a buffer between security complexes, Turkey as a gate for migrants en route to Europe, the “Westernization” and “Europeanisation” of Turkey, etc., the list of such spatial imaginations of Turkey and Europe, past and present, is long. They all have been leaving their imprint on our understandings of history and identity, and on the politics in Turkey, Europe and beyond.
This special issue invites contributions that critically analyze such spatial representations, their historical contingency, the forces that drive them, and the effects that they have on identities and politics. Papers may cover one of the spatial imaginations enumerated above, or explore any other area or policy issue that they wish to analyze from a spatial perspective. They should make explicit reference to, discuss and apply the literature of the spatial turn in International Relations. We welcome papers from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to geography, political science, history, sociology, literature, arts or architecture. Papers should specify how their analysis benefits our understanding of today’s Turkish or European politics, Turkey-EU relations, or the EU’s or Turkey’s role in international relations.
The special issue will only contain articles written in English. The manuscripts should be between 6000-8000 words and in full compliance with the author guidelines indicated at the journal website (https://uidergisi.com.tr/style-guidelines).
Proposals for papers (c. 500 words), along with a proposed paper structure, should be sent directly to the guest editor, Thomas Diez (thomas.diez@uni-tuebingen.de), by 30 September 2021.
The deadlinefor final paper submissions will be 31 January 2022. Submitted papers will undergo a rigorous, double-blind peer reviewing process and are scheduled for publication in March 2023.