In the fall of 2012, fourteen selected participants took part in a weeklong course on the topic “Nationalism, Secularism and Religion” at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, located right at the heart of Istanbul’s ancient Beyoglu crossroads. Papers focusing on such diverse areas as urban studies, minority and identity issues, political activism or education and media in Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iran and North Africa came together with scholars and teachers from Finland, Sweden and the United States in the lush surroundings of the Swedish Consulate General. Between a guest lecture by prof. Fuat Keyman from the Sabanci University and an excursion to the Islamic holy site in Eyüp, official visits were paid to the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Süleymaniye and the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Fener, where His All-Holiness Bartholomew II honored the participants with an audience.
Program for the PhD Course in Istanbul, October 1-7, 2012. Program Istanbul