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Film and a roundtable discussion on the EU and Turkey

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
12:00 AM
Room 1636, International Institute

CES-EUC END-of-SEMESTER LUNCHEONCONVERSATIONS ON EUROPE LECTURE SERIES

Turkey has a unique, albeit unenviable, place in the history of European integration. An associate member of the European Union’s predecessors since 1963, Turkey applied for full membership in 1987 and became an official candidate for accession in 2005. No one can presently tell when, or even if, this process will come to a conclusion and Turkey will join the European Union. No other country in the region has been in the waiting room of pre-accession for this long. In this roundtable discussion we will hear from an anthropologist, an international relations scholar, and a historian who have been researching the relationships between Turkey and “Europe” for years. The viewing of a recent ethnographic documentary on this topic will jumpstart the discussion.

11:15 am
Film. Coffee Futures. Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, assistant professor of anthropology and post-doctoral fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows, U-M, director (45 min., 2008). Documentary weaving the telling of individual fortunes with the story of Turkey’s decades-long attempts to become a member of the EU.
For more information, see www.neysehalimfilm.com.

12:00 pm
A roundtable discussion.
Moderator: Dario Gaggio, CES-EUC director and associate professor of history, U-M. Presenters: Frank Castiglione, doctoral pre-candidate in Near Eastern studies, U-M; Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, assistant professor of anthropology and post-doctoral fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows, U-M. Akin Ünver, EUC 2010 Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellow, U-M; and lecturer, Sabanci University, Istanbul.

Free and open to the public.
European Union Center at the University of Michigan is a European Commission designated Center of Excellence.

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