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Turkish-Greek Studies Istanbul Bilgi University

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Istanbul Bilgi University, Kurtuluş Deresi cad. No 47 34440 Dolapdere
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Turkish-Greek Studies is a newly established teaching and research division under the auspices of the European Institute, Istanbul Bilgi University. As a field of study it was established in September 2005, following a generous donation by the J.F. Costopoulos Foundation and a contribution by Istanbul Bilgi University. The directors of the division are Associate Professor Umut Özkırımlı and Assistant Professor Harry Tzimitras.
Istanbul Bilgi University’s Turkish-Greek Studies Division, as well as the M.A. programme with the same concentration, is the only one of its kind, not only in Greece and in Turkey but internationally. Through a full schedule of activities and the engagement of key figures in the field, the programme has already quickly become a point of reference for Turkish-Greek studies on both sides of the Aegean.
The Turkish-Greek Studies Division has established a strategic partnership with The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, ELIAMEP which extends to the organization of joint events (seminars, lecture series and conferences), a common Summer Programme and the recruitment of students and fellows in Greece.
Turkish-Greek Studies also has close links with teaching and research centres internationally, such as the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics and Political Science, The Greek-Turkish Network at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford and the Department of Turkish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cyprus.

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Building on the initial experience of a series of successful summer programmes, the division aims at fostering institutional collaboration between the academic communities of the two countries, with a view to contributing to the spirit of rapprochement that characterizes the current state of bilateral relations through joint seminars, conferences, summer programmes, and exchange of students and scholars.

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Activities of the division include:
Lecture Series and Panels
Summer Programmes