'Bid Idea' competition: 'Borders and monuments to connectivity'

Border monuments are often designed to celebrate mobility and interconnectedness. According to the architect Cecil Balmond, “A border offers identity but one that is enriched by neighbours, so that it’s not so much a line of separation as a local set of interconnected values.”

We are seeking short essays (max. 1,500 words) on any European border monument.

Well-known examples of border monuments include: the Statue of Humanity in Kars,‘The Star of Caledonia’ monument (yet to be built) on the Scottish/English border at Gretna,The Welcome (‘Cradle of History’) Monument on Gibraltar, the Schengen monument to a “borderless Europe”, the ‘Bridge of Europe’ over the Rhine River between Strasbourg (France) & Kehl (Germany), and the museumization of the Berlin Wall (e.g. the Checkpoint Charlie museum).

Entries are invited on these or any other border monuments located in Europe. We are particularly interested in learning why those monuments were built in the first place and how they contribute to the connection between two separate communities.

Closing date: 1 January 2012

Entries to be sent to:

Further details:

The winner will receive a copy of Cosmopolitan Spaces: Europe, Globalization, Theory


Second Changing Turkey workshop - Methodological Approaches to Turkish Studies

Second Changing Turkey workshop - Methodological Approaches to Turkish Studies

Date: 26 January 2011 Wednesday

Venue: Room F3, Royal Holloway Central London Base, 11 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RA



12.00-12.30 Coffee & Welcoming speech

 12.30-14.30 PANEL I: Looking at Civil society & sub-national level

Chair:  Dr. Oliver Heath (Royal Holloway, University of London)

3 speakers.  (for each speaker:  20 mins speech + 20 mins. discussion)

    Dr. Markus Ketola (LSE) Theoretical and methodological approaches to studying Turkish civil society


    Sezin Dereci (University of Bremen) Methodological challenges in the research of Europeanization at the politics level:  How to assess EU’s Transformative Power on Interest Groups in Turkey as an Accession country?

    Ali Onur Ozcelik (University of Sheffield) Methodological Approach for Analyzing the Changing Governmental Relations in Turkey


Lunch break    14.30-15.00


15.00-16.30 PANEL II: Studying Foreign Policy & national level

Chair: Paula Sandrin (University of Westminster)

(for each speaker,  20 mins speech + 20 mins. discussion)

    Kadri Kaan Renda (King’s College) Understanding Turkish Strategic Culture and Explaining Change: Some Remarks on Methodology

    Rahime Suleymanoglu (University of Nottingham) on the change in Turkish foreign policy: Europeanization, conditionality and social learning



forthcoming conference


Date: 17 December 2010

Venue: Royal Holloway College, University of London

The Departments of Media Arts and Politics and International Relations (PIR)

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Thomas Diez -Political Science, University of Tübingen

Prof. Deniz Göktürk -Department of German, University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Randall Halle -Department of German, University of Pittsburgh

This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference focuses on transnationalism and securitisation, issues of increasing relevance in both Politics and International Relations, and Media and Film Studies. In both disciplines, there is currently a prevailing tendency to conceive of borders as ever increasingly permeable elements in a globalising world. The new communication technologies have certainly reinforced the image that the world becomes a single place. However, a ‘borderless world’ proves to be illusionary as witnessed in the global rise of securitization practices after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Since then, even a bottle of water -at the airport- has started to be perceived as a potential security threat. ‘Transnationalism’ thereby becomes a useful lens through which issues such as securitization, borders, legitimacy, citizenship, memory and solidarity can be re-examined from a fresh theoretical perspective.

Within this framework, the major aims of this international conference are threefold: to question the extent and limitations of transnationalism; to analyse the cultural and political functions of transnational actors and the impact of new communication technologies such as the internet in the contemporary world; and finally to encourage interdisciplinary approaches and critical perspectives in the studies of transnationalism.

This conference will be organised by and run for postgraduate students from various disciplinary backgrounds. It aims to give all participants the opportunity to develop and broaden our knowledge in this area of research. In this respect, the Departments of Media Arts and Politics and International Relations collaborate to highlight the interdisciplinary character of transnationalism as a phenomenon within a context whereby a diverse range of techniques such as paper presentations, poster exhibitions and plenary discussions are combined.

In order to disseminate the research findings, selected papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies, a fully peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal published by Royal Holloway, University of London.

The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Transnational cinema
  • Current restrictions over the free movement of people, goods and ideas
  • Border policies
  • Communication policies
  • Political freedoms and cultural diversity
  • National, religious, ethnic and gender issues
  • The role of media in framing transnational terrorism, conflicts and humanitarian crises
  • Power of transnational media
  • Power of transnational non-governmental actors
  • Soft/hard power
  • Multiculturalism, pluralism, cultural diversity
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Post-colonial or post-national; centres versus margins/periphery
  • Hybridity
  • Creolization
  • Glocalisation
  • Representation of transnational identities
  • Diasporas and diasporic cinema

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts: by 10  September 2010

Official Acceptance: by 1 October

Early registration: by 15 October 2010

Please send your abstracts to


Critical Reflections on Turkey-EU Relations

‘Critical Reflections on Turkey-EU Relations’

A workshop organized by the ‘Changing Turkey in a Changing World’ research group.

4th May 2010,  1-5pm (Founders FW 101)

This workshop brings together postgraduate researchers from a number of UK universities. The keynote speaker is Prof. Chris Rumford from Royal Holloway, Centre for Global and Transnational Politics, Dept. of Politics and International Relations. Prof. Rumford will introduce the underlying theme of the event: postwesternization.

Prof. Rumford’s PIR Working Paper on this theme, ‘Rethinking Turkey’s relationship with the EU: postwestern Turkey meets postwestern Europe’, is available online


Confirmed participants include:

Didem Buhari-Gülmez (Royal Holloway)

Barış Gülmez (Royal Holloway)

Alper Kaliber (Birmingham)

Natalie Martin (Loughborough)

Ali Onur Özçelik (Sheffield)

Paula Sandrine (Westminster)

Agnes Schneeberger (Leeds)

Ayça Tunç (Royal Holloway)

Onur Unutulmaz (Oxford)



'Changing Turkey in a Changing World' Research Group

CGTP is pleased to announce the launch of the 'Changing Turkey in a Changing World' Research Group The Group will be led by Didem Buhari and Baris Gulmez, both current PhD students in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, and former PhD student Hasan Turunc. 

The Research Group will examine Turkish politics and society within a global context. It will focus on the complex relationship between Turkey's changing internal political, economic and social dynamics and their implications for Turkey’s role in surrounding regions and international affairs. Therefore, its main area of interest will not be limited solely to Europe or the Middle East.

Details of the group's planned activites will follow shortly.