Istanbul Seminars 2013
Bilgi University

6th Istanbul Seminars | 16-22 May 2013
Philosophers Bridge the Bosphorus

Both the Western and the Muslim world are undergoing a phase of very important transitions that rise questions of political legitimacy. Goal of the Istanbul Seminars 2013 is to throw light upon The Sources of Political Legitimacy in philosophical, sociological and legal terms.

The relevant questions are: How can democracy secure social cohesion in a time of recession? Can religion be a source of political legitimacy? How a democratic legitimacy can be assured at the heart of the European integration process? Turkey, the new soft power in the Muslim World?


İstanbul Bilgi University | Santral Campus
Kazım Karabekir Cad. No: 2/13 – İstanbul
Conference Room: E1-301


Thursday 16 May

10.00 am – 11.15 pm
Giancarlo Bosetti
, Director of Reset-Dialogues: Introduction
Karen Barkey
: Political Legitimacy and Islam in the Ottoman Empire: Lessons Learned
Chair: Asaf Savaş Akat

11.30 am – 1.15 pm
Abbas Vali
: Kurdish Question and the Legitimation of Sovereign Power in Turkey
Ammon Raz-Krakotzkin
: Israel’s Exceptionality, Binationalism and Exilic Thinking
Chair: Asaf Savaş Akat

2.15 pm – 4.00 pm
Fahmy Howeidy
: The Crisis of Political Islam in Power
Amel Grami: Rethinking Gender in the Tunisian Revolution
Chair: Mohammed Hashas

4.15 pm – 6.00 pm
Projection of the documentary La révolution…et après? by Najlae Benmbarek followed by a discussion with the director.
Discussants: Faisal Devji, İlay Romain Örs
Chair: Volker Kaul

6.00 pm: Workshop with Discussion Groups

Friday 17 May

10.00 am – 11.00 pm
Stathis Kalyvas: Current Conflicts in the MIddle East
Chair: Nina zu Fürstenberg

11.15 pm – 1.15 pm
Hamadi Redissi: Post-Islamist Legitimacy Contested: The Tunisian Case
Amr Hamzawy: Dynamics of Government and Opposition in Egypt
Chair: Nina zu Fürstenberg

1.15 pm: Workshop with Discussion Groups  

Saturday 18 May

10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Luigi Mascilli Migliorini
: Sources of Political Legitimacy: an Historical Perspective
Murat Borovali
and Cemil Boyraz: Turkish Secularism and Islam: Dialogue with the Alevis
Chair: Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza

12.15 pm – 1.15 pm
Ivan Krastev
: The Logic of Political Disintegration
Chair: Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm
ROUNDTABLE: The Legitimacy Crisis of the European Project
Discussants: Giuliano Amato (in videoconference), Cengiz Aktar, Alessandro Ferrara, Amr Hamzawy, Ivan Krastev
Chair: Giancarlo Bosetti

4.15 pm: Workshop with Discussion Groups

Sunday 19 May    (NO SEMINARS)   

Monday 20 May

10.00 am: Workshop with Discussion Groups

11.00 pm – 12.30 pm
ROUNDTABLE: Jürgen Habermas’ The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: 50 Years later
Speakers: Seyla Benhabib, Giancarlo Bosetti, David Rasmussen
Chair: Ferda Keskin

12.45 pm – 1.45 pm
Johathan Laurence: Mediterranean Symbiosis: 21st-Century Religion Policy in Majority-Muslim and Minority-Muslim Contexts 
Chair: Ferda Keskin

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Abdullahi An’-Naim
: The Contingent Role of Islam in Political Legitimacy
Chair: Roberto Toscano

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Michael Walzer (in videoconference): Can there be a democratic revolution and a religious revival in the same place, at the same time?
Chair: Roberto Toscano

5.15 pm – 6.30 pm
ROUNDTABLE: Religion and Democracy in the Arab Spring
Speakers: Lisa Anderson, Faisal Devji, Nora Fisher Onar, Michael Walzer (in videoconference)
Chair: Roberto Toscano

Tuesday 21 May

10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Harun Karcic
: Islamic Law Before and After the ‘Arab Spring’: a Look at the Constitutions of Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt
Lisa Anderson
: Creative Destruction: Religious Faith and Legitimacy in the Arab World
Chair: David Rasmussen

12.15 pm – 1.15 pm
Meyda Yeğenoğlu
: Sovereignty Renounced: Autoimmunizing and Democratizing Europe
Chair: İlay Romain Örs

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm
ROUNDTABLE: Turkey, at the Crossroads between Europe and the Middle East
Speakers: Aykan Erdemir, Nader Hashemi, Stathis Kalyvas, Fuat Keyman
Chair: Asaf Savaş Akat

4.00 pm: Workshop with Discussion Groups 

Wednesday 22 May

10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Faisal Devji
: Politics After Al-Qaeda
Nader Hashemi
: Rethinking Religion and Political Legitimacy across the Islam-West Divide
Chair: Seyla Benhabib

12.15 pm – 1.15 pm
Final presentations of the discussion groups

1.15 pm
Remzi Sanver,
Rector of Bilgi University: Closing

The program may be subject to change.  Please check for updated information.

The Seminars are free and open to All