Istanbul-Venice Seminars

Research and Publications in Political Theory Between East and West

Philosophers Bridge the Bosphorus-Close encounters across all divides
is the motto of this conference, that reached its 9th edition in May 2016. The
previewed 10th edition in Istanbul has been suspended and our Reset DOC
Dialogues will take place in Venice on 8th/10th June 2017, in collaboration
with Ca’ Foscari University, Cini Foundation and Bilgi University on the topic
“The Populist Upsurge and the Decline of Diversity Capital”. Every spring
independent minds from East and West, from the US, from Europe and from
Arab and Muslim countries discuss and debate the prospects for democracy,
human rights, secularism and religion across different cultures at a weeklong

So far, the Istanbul Seminars have established themselves as a remarkable
cultural appointment for a recognizable community of scholars, able to promote
and consolidate a network of cultural, intellectual and academic relationships
among senior and junior scholars in the social sciences, political
theory, sociology, legal and religious studies. Thanks to its cross-cultural inspiration
Istanbul-Seminars network functions as an original think tank for
research on issues which are very rarely tackled by traditional think tanks,
although they are essential for the thorough understanding of the challenges
facing democracy, politics and international relations in the 21st century
world, due to the restriction of freedoms.

Throughout the years, the Seminars have discussed topics such as

1. Postsecularism (2008)
2. Religion, Human rights and Multicultural Jurisdictions (2009)
3. Realigning Liberalism: Pluralism, Integration, Identities (2010)
4. Overcoming the Trap of Resentment (2011)
5. The Promises of Democracy in Troubled Times (2012)
6. The Sources of Political Legitimacy (2013)
7. The Sources of Pluralism. Metaphysics, Epistemology, Law and Politics (2014)
8. Politics Beyond Borders. The Republican Model Challenged by the Internationalization of Economy, Law and Communication (2015)
9. Religion, Rights and the Public Sphere (May 2016)

Speakers, Faculty and Participants
Kiku Adatto, Giuliano Amato, Lisa Anderson, Albena Azmanova
Akeel Bilgrami, Murat Borovali, Giancarlo Bosetti, Cemil Boyraz
Michele Bugliesi, Giorgio Cesarale, Lucio Cortella, Hamid Dabashi
Sara De Vido, Alessandro Ferrara, Pasquale Ferrara, Nina zu Fürstenberg
Manlio Graziano, Amr Hamzawi, Volker Kaul, Jonathan Laurence
Tiziana Lippiello, Stephen Macedo, Yves Mény, Lea Nocera, Claus Offe
Nancy Okail, David Rasmussen, Carol Rovane, Adam Adatto Sandel
Michael Sandel, Luigi Tarca, Roberto Toscano.

Every year, the minutes of the Istanbul Seminars are published by the renowned
academic journal Philosophy&Social Criticism, SAGE Publications (Access
the volumes and single articles online: Vol. 36 n.3-4, 2010; Vol. 37 n.4, 2011;
Vol. 38 n.4-5, 2012; Vol. 39 n.4-5, 2013; Vol. 40 no.4-5, 2014, Vol. 41 no.4-5,
2015; Vol. 42 no. 4-5, 2016).

The volume Toward New Democratic Imaginaries – Istanbul Seminars on
Islam, Culture and Politics, edited by Seyla Benhabib and Volker Kaul, gathered
nine years of works and dialogues and has been published and presented
at Columbia University and Yale University at the beginning of December
2016. The presentation of the book has been carried out by Seyla Benhabib,
Giancarlo Bosetti, Jeffrey Alexander, Benjamin Barber, Volker Kaul, Anthony
Appiah, Ian Buruma and Charles Taylor. The book has been also presented in
Italy on 23rd March 2017 at University of Milan.

Istanbul Seminars Executive Committee:
Asaf Sava Akat, Seyla Benhabib, Giancarlo Bosetti, Alessandro Ferrara
Abdou Filali-Ansary, Nina zu Fürstenberg, Nilüfer Göle, Ferda Keskin
David Rasmussen.

Throughout the years, speakers included:
Nasr Abu Zayd, Mustafa Akyol, Sadik Al-Azm, Lisa Anderson
Anthony Appiah, Andrew Arato, Abdullahi An-Na’im, Benjamin Barber
Karen Barkey, Zygmunt Bauman, Seyla Benhabib, Richard Bernstein
Rajeev Bhargava, Akeel Bilgrami, Murat Borovali, Craig Calhoun
Abdelmajid Charfi, Jean L. Cohen, Fred R. Dallmayr, Alessandro Ferrara
Abdou Filaly-Ansary Nancy Fraser, Nilüfer Göle, Jürgen Habermas
Amr Hamzawy, Joseph La Palombara, Avishai Margalit, Claus Offe
Ulrich K. Preuss, Tariq Ramadan, David Rasmussen
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Alfred Stepan, Charles Taylor
Alain Touraine, Nadia Urbinati, Michael Walzer and many others.