Istanbul Seminars 2012
Bilgi University

Istanbul Seminars May 19-24, 2012

The Istanbul Seminars 2012 welcome international  students, postgraduates and researchers to join a week of philosophical meetings with renowed intellectuals who are committed to the issues of pluralism and democracy.

In the past few years, many students from France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Turkey, India, Spain, UK, USA, Russian Federation, Poland, The Netherlands and Greece attended the seminars.


Useful information for an enjoyable stay in Istanbul

Location: the Istanbul Seminars are held at Istanbul Bilgi University SantralIstanbul Campus, located in the Silahtaraga neighbourhood at the upper end of Golden Horn.
Conference hall at Bilgi Santralistanbul: E1-301

Campus address: Eski Silahtaraga Elektrik Santrali Silahtaraga Mah. Kazim Karabekir Cad. No. 1 34060 Eyüp / Istanbul. Phone +90 (0) 212 311 50 00

Travel and Accommodation: Istanbul Seminars are organized without any support from other institutions. Speakers and participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Students must arrange their accommodation personally, but we shall be pleased to assist with any additional information.

Things in Istanbul change very quickly, even though we know several hostels were students stayed in the past years, they may be closed or quite different at the moment. This for, the organization  suggest you to check through the web, there are hundreds of options to spend a nice week in Istanbul at decent prices.

Still, we reccomend to book a room nearby Taksim Square, which is the business and entertainment centre of the city. Even if Takism area  is quite busy, there are frequent and free shuttles to Bilgi University from Taksim Square (it’s less than 15 minutes). Sultanhamet, the wonderful Istanbul’s historical district, could be more suitable for tourists than students attending a conference at Bilgi (from Sultahamet to Taksim square is 10min by light metro). Eventually, the asian side of the city is way too far from Bilgi, so please consider this issue before booking.

Besides the buses and other public transport, the SantralIstanbul Campus is accessible by the University’s free shuttle service, which connects the university to the city. Please check here: Taksim Square – Santral Campus -Taksim  Square shuttle buses timetable here:

Cafeterias and Restaurants: Istanbul Bilgi University operates several facilities for the convenience of students and staff on its campus. The university cafeterias are popular and lively meeting places, both for a relaxing moderately-priced meal and social gatherings with friends.

Further practical information will be sent to confirmed participants.

Tutorship: Daniela Dalmasso will support students’ participation step by step. Please write at for any question.

Certificates of Attendance:Registration takes place at Istanbul Bilgi University on Saturday May 19 at 9.00 am. All students who attended the entire series of Istanbul Seminars will receive a Certificate of Attendance.