CONFERENCE on “ATLANTIC’S ODYSSEY”
Jean Monnet Chair in European Social Policy carried out by the Department of European Union at Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Center for Research and Implementation for Occupational Health, and the Department of International Business and Trade at Faculty of Business organised a conference entitled “Atlantic’s Odyssey” on June3, 2016. The conference was given by Prof. Dr. Dimitris Michalopoulos from Athens Historical Institute for Studies on Eleutherios Venizelos at Dokuz Eylül University European Documentation Centre.
Following the opening speeches by Prof. Dr. Zeki Erdut, Jean Monnet Chair and Head of Department of the EU, and Prof. Dr. Canan Madran, Head of Department of International Business and Trade, Prof. Dr. Dimitris Michalopoulos delivered a speech based on his recent research on the Euro-Mediterranean history. In his speech, Prof. Dr. Michalopoulos presented historical information about the Homer, who is known as the founder of European literature, and his well-known works: the Iliad and the Odyssey. Prof. Dr. Michalopoulos emphasized that the knowledge of geography as we have today was not unfamiliar to ancient peoples. He said that if we analyze the writings of Homer carefully, we can see that Odysseus’s legendary journey was not limited to the Aegean Sea and he could reach out to the Atlantic Ocean as well. Prof. Dr. Michalopoulos also emphasized the importance of common understanding for Euro-Mediterranean history and proposed a holistic approach to analyze it.
After Prof. Dr. Michalopoulos’ speech the conference continued with Q&A session. At the end of the conference Prof. Dr. Erdut and Prof. Dr. Madran presented a certificate of appreciation to Prof. Dr. Michalopoulos.
JEAN MONNET CHAIR IN EUROPEAN SOCIAL POLICY CONFERENCE
Within the framework of Erasmus+ Programme of the EU Commission, DEU Center for Research and Implementation for Occupational Health (ISAMER) and Jean Monnet Chair in European Social Policy carried out by the Department of European Union at Graduate School of Social Sciences directed by Prof. Dr. Zeki Erdut organised the conference “Industrial Relations and Social Inclusion in the European Union and Turkey”
Academicians from various universities, representatives from employer & worker trade unions and representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security participated to the Jean Monnet activity held in four sessions on May 20, 2016 at the Conference Hall of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. Following the opening speech by the Head of the Jean Monnet Chair, Prof. Dr. Zeki Erdut, participants made presentations on industrial relations in the EU and Turkey on topics including current trends, trade unions and social inclusion in Turkey during the EU accession process.
Prof. Dr. Zeki Erdut, Jean Monnet Chair in European Social Policy and the Head of the Department of European Union at Graduate School of Social Sciences, made his presentation “Evaluation of the Industrial Relations Systems in the EU and Turkey” in the first session, moderated by Prof. Dr. Ahmet Selamoğlu from the Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations at Kocaeli University.
In the second session moderated by Dr. Naci Önsal from the Head of the Research and Education Centre at Turkish Metal Union; Prof. Dr. Ahmet Selamoğlu from the Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations at Kocaeli University made his presentation “The Impact of the 2008 Crisis on Industrial Relations/Working Conditions in the EU” followed “Consequences of Violations of Trade Union Rights, Reviews of Audit Institutions and Discussion of a Case” by Prof. Dr. Kuvvet Lordoğlu; lastly “The Current Status of Subcontractors Employed in Public Sector” by Lütfi İnciroğlu, Vice President of Labour, Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
After the lunch, Cengiz Delibaş from TISK, Güven Savul from TURK-IS and Attorney Hüseyin Öz from HAK-IS participated to the third session, entitled “Trade Unions in the EU Accession Process” moderated by Prof. Dr. Kuvvet Lordoğlu. Representatives of the trade unions highlighted their support for Turkey’s EU process and repeated their call for the fulfilment of the pre-conditions for the opening of the 19th Chapter: Social Policy and Employment. Participants also underlined the obstacles and troubles against the implementations of the EU reforms; pointed to the importance and necessity of employment generation, improvement of the quality of living and working conditions, establishing an appropriate social protection systems, establishing social dialogue with social partners, struggle against social exclusion and poverty, providing equal opportunities for men and women.
In the last session, entitled “Social Inclusion in the EU and Turkey” moderated by Prof. Dr. Tijen Erdut from Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations;Jean Monnet Chair Prof. Dr. Angelo Santagostino from Yıldırım Beyazıt University discussed the economic and social impacts of the Euro Crisis. Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Faruk Sapancalı fromDokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations made his presentation “Social Inclusion in the EU”. Finally Assoc. Prof. Dr. Recep KaparfromMugla Sitki Kocman University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations made his presentation“Exclusion from the Social Protection in Turkey and Women”. The protection of the European Social Model has been pointed out as a necessity both for the EU and candidates at the Conference in which the impacts of the Euro Crisis were discussed.
With the contributions of panellists and the audience, the Question-Answer session turned into a platform for the exchange of ideas and solutions.
WORKSHOP on INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS and POLITICAL SCIENCE
8th Workshop on International Relations and Political Science was held on May 2nd, 2016 at Dokuz Eylul University Graduate School of Social Sciences. With the participation of graduate students from related departments of universities in Izmir, crticial issues such as time and stres management, budget plannig were discussed in the workshop.
New Perspectives in Turkey-EU Relations
The meeting entitled “New Perspectives in Turkey-EU Relations” was held at Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Business on 28 April 2016 in cooperation of Economic Development Foundation (IKV) and Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Following the opening speech of Jean Monnet Chair and Head of the Department of European Union Prof. Zeki Erdut, IKV Junior Researcher Büşra Çatır made a presentation of the studies published by IKV on the European Commission Progress Reports entitled “Mathematics of Progress” and “Linguistics of Progress”.
The meeting continued with a panel moderated by IKV Project Director Çisel İleri. Izmir University of Economics Faculty of Business Department of Political Science and International Relations Lecturer Assoc. Prof. Çiğdem Kentmen, IKV Secretary-General Assoc. Prof. Çiğdem Nas, Marmara University European Union Institute Head of Department of EU Politics and International Relations Assoc. Prof. Yonca Özer, MEF University Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences Department of Political Science and International Relations Lecturer Assoc. Prof. Beken Saatçioğlu and Istanbul Kültür University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Department of International Relations Lecturer Assist. Prof. Özge Zihnioğlu discussed the European Commission Progress Reports on Turkey as well as the latest developments in Turkey-EU relations as panelists.
PANEL on “GENDER EQUALITY in TURKEY and the EU”
Mersin University Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations hosted a panel themed “Gender Equality in Turkey and the EU” on April 8, 2016 with the collobration of DEU Department of European Union, DEU Center for Research and Implementation for Occupational Health, and Jean Monnet Chair in European Social Policy. Prof. Dr. Tijen ERDUT, Prof. Dr. Zeki ERDUT and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hasan Ejder contributed to the panel with their presentations.
Jean Monnet Chair in Social Policy Team were welcomed warmly by the students and academics of Mersin University. The Panel started with the welcoming speeches by Ms. Aylin Kırcı Duman Vice-Governor of the city of Mersin, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and Head of the Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations. Panel was successful in drawing attention of students to the issue and making them feel involved in the solution process. Besides, Vice-Governor Ms. Duman made remarkable contributions to the issue of gender equality in Turkey by sharing her relevant experiences in various rural and urban parts of Turkey. The panel reached its aim of raising awareness about Jean Monnet Programme, European Union and EU policies regarding gender equality. The panel attracted students and academics to the issue and provided them a platform to think collaboratively about future.
The Panel was given coverage both in national and local media. Please find below the links for news coverage for the Panel.
Introductory Meeting for Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme
Introductory Meeting for Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme was held at Graduate School of Social Sciences Conference Hall in collaboration with the Ministry for EU Affairs, Directorate of Project Implementation on December 18, 2015 at 10.30.
Following to the presentation by EU Expert Ceyhan ÇİÇEK, Izmir representative of the Ministry for EU Affairs, the question-answer session was held. At the meeting, participants were informed about the training opportunities in the EU member states and the Jean Monnet scholarship, covering public administration, private sector, civil society, university staff and students.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (VAW)
An international conference on violence against women was organized in collaboration with DEU Graduate School of Social Science Department of EU Studies, LİYAKAT Association, Konak Municipality, ARCUS and Work in Progress.
The conference held on 14 December 2015 as part of a series of activities within “4Women (Kadınlar İçin)” Project, funded by the European Commission.
Following the opening speech by Head of LİYAKAT Association Berkay Eskinazi, Co-head of our department Assist. Prof. Dr. İlkay Taş delivered a speech on the status of women in Turkey within the EU-Turkey accession negotiations.
Mayor of Konak Municipality Sema Pekdaş, Italian Consul Luigi Iannuzzi and Head of Izmir Chamber of Commerce Assembly President Rebii Akdurak delivered speeches about the social and economic status of women in Turkey and Italy.
As the honour guest of the conference, Prof. Dr. Yakın Erturk talked about the historical development of women rights at the national and international level. Prof. Dr. Erturk served as a UN Special Reporter for long years and she is currently a member of the Executive Committee of Asylum and Migration Research Centre in Ankara.
The overall objective of 4WOMEN is to contribute to strengthen civil society participative democracy in order to support women human rights, stimulating a civil society friendly ‘environment’ and develop strong regional partnership between Turkey and the EU to promote gender equality and to help women build a stronger role in the civil society. 4WOMEN Project is implemented by the leader partner LİYAKAT Association in cooperation with the Italian partners ARCUS and WORK IN PROGRESS and with local partners KONAK Municipality and the EU Studies Department of Dokuz Eylul University. 4WOMEN Project analyses the phenomenon of gender violence from the prospective of the two main target groups: the prospective of the women victim, and the local organizations and operators working to protect them.
Dokuz Eylul University Held a Meeting with the EU Ambassadors and University Students on “Syrian Refugee Crisis”
Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) in collaboration with ESIAD Izmir EU Information Centre and Jean Monnet Chair in European Social Policy held a meeting on 27 November 2015 with the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey and ambassadors of the EU member states. The theme of the meeting was “Syrian Refugee Crisis and Turkey-EU Relations”. Graduate students from related departments and Syrian students from various universities in Izmir also participated the meeting.
Following the opening speech by DEU Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Fuzun, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ambassador Hansjörg Haber and Luxembourg Ambassador to Ankara Arlette Conzemius delivered their speeches.
In the interactive session of the meeting, Syrian students and the ambassadors discussed the ongoing crisis in Syria and its effects on the lives of many Syrian refugees in Turkey and specifically in Izmir. Syrian students informed the ambassadors about the economic and social problems of Syrian refugees in Izmır. Students also expressed their gratitude to Turkey for hosting Syrian people and her support to education of the Syrian students.
At the end of the meeting, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ambassador Hansjörg Haber and EU ambassadors said that they will be in close cooperation with Turkey for the resolution of the crisis in Syria and settlement of Syrian refugees.
Panel:2015 European Year of Development: Construction of the Welfare Society
ESIAD Izmir EU Information Centre in collaboration with Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) European Documentation Centre and Jean Monnet Chair in European Social Policy organized a panel for the European Year of Development. The panel, named “2015 European Year of Development: Construction of the Welfare Society”, was held within the framework of a project financed by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey.
ESIAD Izmir EU Information Centre in collaboration with Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) European Documentation Centre and Jean Monnet Chair in European Social Policy organized a panel for the European Year of Development. The panel, named “2015 European Year of Development: Construction of the Peace and Welfare Society”, was held within the framework of a project financed by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey.
The panel was held on 13 November 2015 at DEU EU Documentation Centre. Many participants including academics, grad students and EU experts gathered for the discussions.
The panel started following the opening speech of Prof. Dr. Zeki ERDUT, Head of Department of European Union and Jean Monnet Chair on European Social Policy at DEU. At the first round of the discussions, Prof. Dr. Yaşar UYSAL from Department of Economics at DEU, made a presentation on “EU Perspective on the Interaction of Development and Distribution in Turkey”. In the second round, Prof. Dr. Oğuz KARADENIZ from Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations at Pamukkale University delivered a speech on “Evaluation of Social Security Reforms in Turkey and the EU from the Welfare Society Perspective”.
Panel: European Union as an Economic and Political Actor: Cases of Greece and Syria
Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) Department of European Union, DEU Center for Research and Implementation for Occupational Health and Yıldırım Beyazıt University Jean Monnet Chair organized a panel within the Jean Monnet Chair in European Social Policy activities funded by Erasmus+ Programme.
The panel, named “European Union as an Economic and Political Actor: Cases of Greece and Syria”, was held on 16 October 2015 at DEU European Documentation Centre. Academics, experts and graduate students from the related fields participated the panel.
Head of the Department of European Union and Jean Monnet Chair Prof. Dr. Zeki Erdut made the opening speech of the panel. While Yıldırım Beyazıt University Jean Monnet Chair Prof. Dr. Angelo Santagostino delivered a speech on “Outcome of the Greek Crisis: There is no Alternative to the EU”; Assoc. Dr. Giray Sadık made a presentation named “European and Turkish Perspectives on Syrian Transnational Crisis”.